Oliver To­lentino at Palm Springs


Hol­ly­wood-based fash­ion designer Oliver To­lentino’s de­signs were a hit at the Fash­ion Week El Paseo’s 10th an­niver­sary event last week­end at Palm Springs, Cal­i­for­nia, that kicked off South­ern Cal­i­for­nia’s most pres­ti­gious fash­ion week, spon­sored by Palm Springs Life mag­a­zine and the Sax­ony Group.

Oliver showed along­side re­spected de­sign­ers Gil­bert Chagoury, An­thony Franco, Ke­van Hall, Can­dace Held, Lloyd Klein, Ed­uardo Lucero and Trina Turk. Each designer showed 10 to 12 looks. Oliver’s col­lec­tion of 12 gowns closed the show in front of an au­di­ence of 1,000 peo­ple along El Paseo Drive, known as the “Rodeo Drive of Palm Springs.”

In ad­di­tion to his dra­matic cou­ture, Oliver brought pieces of his na­tive Philip­pines to the pro­ceed­ings. The run­way mu­sic fea­tured songs by Sylvia La Torre ( Golpe de Gu­lat and Katuwaan). Oliver’s Filip­ina su­per­model muse Tu­tay Maris­tela (pic­tured) opened and closed his col­lec­tion in­clud­ing two looks of in­tri­cate piña gowns made of cal­ado from Lum­ban that took many months to cre­ate.

Oliver is now in San Fran­cisco to host a se­ries of trunk shows, March 26 to 30. In April, he will be work­ing out of his Manila bou­tique. ( For more in­for­ma­tion, visit: www. Oliv­erTo­lentino. com.) —

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