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Oliver Tolentino shows native collection in New York
Sep '11
Hollywood designer Oliver Tolentino proudly represented the Philippines at “United Colors of Fashion” (UCOF) last Friday during New York Fashion Week. UCOF, billed as a charity fashion event and gala, took place at one of Manhattan's most prestigious hotels, The Pierre on Fifth Avenue overlooking Central Park.

The evening, featuringg musical performances, ballet dancers, a silent auction, gourmet food, and a runway show, benefitted the UCOF Charity Care Program-Soweto Hospice and the Bisila Bokoko African Literary Project, both based in South Africa. Broadway actress Kaaye Tuckerman served as Chief Ambassador for UCOF, while Kimberly Garrett served as the Honorary Chair/Stylist. An after-party followed at the Carlton Hotel on Madison Avenue.

Oliver presented a 12-piece Spring/Summer 2012 collection along with four other international designers representing Spain, Russia, Cambodia, and South Africa.

Oliver's collection featured classic looks made from Philippine fabrics dyed in vibrant colors and accented with color-themed beadworks. While he used the usual Philippine fabrics such as pina, abaca, and raw silk cocoon, Oliver also introduced a new fabric made from water lily and jute which came about after meeting with weavers in Aklan.

Oliver noted, “I have been aggressively promoting our native weaving and embroidery industries internationally because I want our centuries-old expertise to live on well into the 21st Century. There is no greater joy than seeing the awe and amazement when I tell people what these outfits are made from. All Filipinos should be proud.”

The night before his show, Oliver joined actress Anna Maria Perez de Tagle (upcoming star in Broadway's “Godspell” revival) at Joe Jonas's performance at Saks as part of Anna Wintour's “Fashion's Night Out.” The following night, Anna Maria sat front row at Oliver's show. On both nights, she wore his dress.

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