Pam Quiñones helps a young dentistry student get her real-life “A Devil Wears Prada” makeover with Lazada Fashion
A good 90s or early 00s rom-com film isn’t complete without a good ol’ makeover. From Mia Thermopolis (Princess Diaries) to Gracie Hart (Miss Congeniality), we all aspired for our own real-life metamorphosis. Young dentistry and Lazada Fashion Style Upgrade winner, Lianne Lopez, gets her own A Devil Wears Prada moment with the help of celebrity stylist Pam Quiñones. With a range of big names as her regular clientele—from Anne Curtis to Nadine Lustre—Pam helped elevate Lianne’s style, as she teamed up with Lazada and lifestyle content creator Raiza Contawi.
Raiza Contawi and Pam Quiñones with Lazada Fashion Style Upgrade winner, Lianne Lopez
Through a Lazada-led initiative, a young student had the once-in-a-lifetime chance to be part of Pam’s roster. In August, Raiza hosted the Lazada Fashion Style Upgrade contest where she called for entries to answer this question: Why do you want to upgrade your style with Lazada Fashion? Her post was flooded with comments from aspiring winners, but Lianne’s answer stood out: “I'd like a fashion makeover to boost my confidence in how I present myself. Since I usually wear a white uniform as a dentistry student, I'm excited about this chance to dress in a more creative and comfy way. Trying out new styles can make a big difference for me.”
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In her day-to-day life, Lianne wears a white uniform, so she admits being uncertain as to what her personal style is. She shares, “I’m really into fashion but sadly, I don’t get to wear this [kind of] outfit every day,” surveying a sporty ensemble picked by Pam—an upgraded look that features her favorite green button-down shirt.
The Lazada Fashion Style Upgrade gave her more insight into how she can navigate her personal style without straying away from her real-life circumstances. She also had the opportunity to ask for style advice from Pam getting out of her comfort zone.
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Finding your personal style according to Pam Quiñones
Lianne was challenged to bring some pieces from her closet: a roomy blazer and a bright green shirt. Pam built on these essential pieces to create two looks for Lianne to inspire her to change things up. “Because you love these pieces, I want to be able to help you wear them, and make you see that you can wear them in many different ways,” she shares.
For the first look, Pam styled Lianne’s oversized blazer with a fitted cropped top and a calf-length silk skirt. The add-ons were more form-fitting as opposed to the size of the blazer, which certainly added a lot of visual interest to the entire ensemble. This look actually reflected Pam’s ultimate styling tip: “The only thing that you should master in fashion is which silhouettes work for your body shape.” The play in silhouettes certainly helped in enhancing Lianne’s form while giving her aesthetic that extra boost.
Look number two centered on a green button-down shirt that Lianne always had in her closet but didn’t know how to style. Even though Lianne had a hard time styling this piece, Pam reassured her with some sage advice. She notes, “It’s important to invest time to get to know fashion. Your journey to find your personal style begins with knowing what you like.” The piece was upgraded by creating a sporty ensemble with a black sports bra and black biker shorts. This was topped with a white shirt that was buttoned by the collar with Lianne’s green shirt as the finishing touch. By harnessing what’s already in Lianne’s closet, Pam was able to easily curate looks that connected to who Lianne is, giving a sense of her personal style.
“Before you buy anything, you always have to ask, ‘Does this speak to my personal style?’” Pam shares at the end of the Lazada Fashion makeover session. Navigating your style always ends with your relationship with yourself and the pieces you buy. A better quality wardrobe consists of the things that we truly like and will reflect our very own style.
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