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Filipino Designer Fashioning West Coast Success Story

It’s easy to take for granted the revolutionary role being played by today’s smart phone technology. But there’s little doubt that without the ease of convenience such technology affords, Glee star Amber Riley would not have been wearing an Oliver Tolentino creation at the Golden Globes.

The LA based Filipino designer has a store on Melrose Avenue, where he says he is happy to leave the lights on overnight during awards season, in case club-hopping stylists want to have a window-look on their way home. He tells home country newspaper The Inquirer how the Glee-tastic moment was sparked:

Riley’s stylist came into my shop and liked my gowns. He sent photos to her on his cell, and she liked the gowns. He asked me to make something for her – this was just days before the Globes – because she still hadn’t found the perfect dress from designers who had approached her.

According to the article, the last time a Filipino fashion creation made it onto the Oscar red carpet was when Rita Moreno won at the 1961 ceremony for West Side Story. Tolentino said he would be thrilled to break that drought.

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