In a Barbie World: Preview's Best-Dressed Ball

Life in plastic, it's fantastic. C'mon Barbie let's go party! Highlights from Preview's 14th Anniversary party and Best-Dressed Ball.

Say what you will about that 11-inch plastic doll with a bountiful rack and an impossibly miniscule waistline causing Body Dysmorphic Disorder in very young girls, but Barbie the doll is still one of the biggest style icons of the century, and don't the fashion magazines know it.

Preview magazine's 14th Anniversary celebration paid homage to Barbie and her 50th birthday (with nary a wrinkle to show for it on her plastic face) by mandating a Barbie-inspired dress code for this year's Preview Best-Dressed Ball, held Friday at White Space in Makati.

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Hosted by Joey Mead, the event honored 10 women who look like they never leave the house without a modicum of styling: this year's Best Dressed List include actress and July cover girl Maricel Soriano, real estate heiress and executive Divine Lee, model Bea Soriano, entrepreneur Alex Suarez, fashion stylist Pam Quiñones, The Amazing Race Asia participant, model and Marc Nelson's girlfriend Paula Taylor, and earth-conscious designer Melissa Dizon. Rounding up the list are U.S.-based fashion blogger Martine Cojucom, dance instructor Georcelle Dapat, and Kai Lim, who were unable to make it to the party.

After a celebratory toast led by Preview editor-in-chief Pauline Juan (whose birthday it was that night), guests stayed until the wee hours (have booze, will stay) and doll-danced to the tunes of DJ Jessie Suaco. Spotted at the Preview Best-Dressed Ball were Anne Curtis, Carla Humphries, Nicole Anderson, Bubbles Paraiso, Isabelle Daza, Entertainment Live hosts Mariel Rodriguez and Bianca Gonzalez, Fit & Fab hosts Maggie Wilson and Kat Alano, designer Mich Dulce, bag designer Amina Aranaz and Tim Yap.


Seen and heard at the bash:

* Alabaster-skinned Maricel Soriano, who graces Preview's July cover, breezed in and out with not even enough time to pose for a solo photo. She held her own in a black Lanvin dress with 3/4 sleeves that made her stand out in a sea of girls almost half her age donning hemline lengths half that of Soriano's below-the-knee dress.

*Preview party correspondent Raymond Gutierrez was there without his twin Richard, who is suing Summit Media website for P25 million. Raymond is a close friend of Preview fashion editor Liz Uy, who is the ex of John Lloyd Cruz, who is rumored to be seeing Ruffa Gutierrez, who is the sister of Raymond.

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* Everyone's favorite hors d'oeuvre that night? Why the delectable life-like Ken dolls, of course.

Photos by Dodie Legaspi.

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