Modern Day Princess KC Del Rosario on Fashion, Film and Living an Instagram-ready Life
October 19, 2018
KC Del Rosario is the very definition of a modern day princess. A future fashion icon in the making, her 131k followers (as of print) look forward to her every post—taking style inspiration from the Brunei royal who has an affinity for such brands like Alexander McQueen, Versace, Chanel, Off-White, Balenciaga, Rodarte, Margiela, Christopher Kane and Dior. Her favorite local designer is good friend Boom Sason, who she says knows her measurements by heart. “I went to the MEGA Ball in a red gown she rushed to make in three days because I was indecisive on going (Sorry Boom!), but I loved it and everyone else did too. All my favorite custom dresses are by her, which takes up half my closet,” she shares.
Despite her royal lineage (her father is Brunei’s Prince Jefri Bolkiah), KC remains to be a humble young woman. She has a light and fun aura, and never shows any hint of an entitlement no matter who she is with. “I just like to have a good time with people when I first meet them, and I’m never the one to mention anything,” she candidly says. “When they eventually find out [that I’m a princess] they’re like, Oh. Oh wow. Wait, what.”
What KC Loves
Although many people put KC in a box based on whatever they see on Instagram, the young woman mentions that life is not all it seems when it comes to social media. Many people consider her a social butterfly, and although it may be true, KC appreciates staying at home most of the time. “I feel like I stay at home more than people assume. I’m an introvert but I love being around interesting people. My friends are artists, into fashion and/or music, and I like being around people I can learn from. I’ll stay in bed all day if I have nothing going on. I love my bed. It’s a magical place.”
Though a citizen of the world, KC has found herself a home in Manila. She likes the city because of its easy access to the Philippines’ beautiful islands. She also stresses that her family and friends make her love the country. Every two or three months, she makes her way home to Brunei. “It’s always good to see my dad and the rest of the family. I usually go there for the polo tournaments and to meet up with Mateen and our friends. I can’t explain it but I love our little Brunei bubble.”
Away from the limelight of her public life, KC has a strong love for filmmaking and fashion. She is equipped with degrees from Raffles Design Institute and Central Saint Martins, where she honed her eye on all things beautiful. “As of now I’d like to focus on filmmaking. I want to direct conceptual art films, fashion films [and short films]. I love fashion but I don’t think I’d launch my own label. I’ll leave that to my sister, Sam. Maybe in my 30s. I’m a very visual person. I want to combine film, fashion and art, in a way, like that quote by Elsie de Wolfe, ‘I am going to make everything around me beautiful – that will be my life.’”
Living an Editorial Life
KC’s love for fashion is the things dreams are made of. Countless articles have been written about her personal style and legendary closet, which include labels from international and local designers alike. KC is so into beautiful garments that every time she posts a photo on her Instagram account, it’s like looking at an editorial for a hip magazine. She also loves beauty, citing La Mer serums, her fridge full of face masks, a jade roller, Laura Mercier primer and tinted moisturizer, and Sunnies lipstick as some of her go to products.
When looking at KC’s Instagram, you can tell that she has a strong visual eye. She says that her account is merely her visual dairy and she hardly curates it like many young people do. “I guess I semi-curate it to look like a mess, but a beautiful mess. I don’t take it too seriously. I post more on my story than I do on my feed.” The young princess makes sure that her online voice does more than show pretty photos of herself and her glamourous lifestyle. She is a promoter of all things beautiful, showcasing the work of local designers (in particular, Boom Sason) and hoping to inspire young girls to be the very best version of themselves. She hopes that other social media influencers are genuine and use their online accounts responsibly. “[Instagram needs to be a] platform to raise awareness about things that matter. You need to keep the balance.”
This write-up was originally published under a full cover story called “The Power of the Post: Kiana Valenciano and KC Del Rosario are your Digital Savvy It-Girls”. Click this link to read the full digital cover story.
Photography by Yukie Sarto
Shot on location at Solaire Resort & Casino
Special thanks to the digital marketing and marketing team of Solaire Resort & Casino
Styling by Earl Dignos
Makeup by KC Del Rosario
Hair by Sophia Curia