Oliver Tolentino, Los Angeles’ red carpet couturier, is a celebrity go-to for everything luxurious and elegant. His feminine detailing and strong silhouettes capture old Hollywood glamour. With a design philosophy that stems from his native Philippines, Tolentino’s vibrant colors and prints and attention to details have earned him an A-List clientele. His creations have been featured at the Oscars, Golden Globes, Emmys, Grammys, SAG Awards, American Billboard Awards, People’s Choice Awards, Teen Choice Awards, BET Awards, Cannes Film Festival, Monte Carlo TV Festival, and on TV programs American Idol, America’s Next Top Model (cycles 17 & 18), Extra, Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve, The View, The Early Show, CBS Today, Live With Kelly & Michael, and E!’s Fashion Police.
From modest beginnings in Bataan province, Tolentino rose to prominence in his native country through hard work and determination and ultimately set up shop in Beverly Hills. It was in 2009 when he became the first designer in his country to expand to the U.S. Immediately, he was noticed and honored as a 2010 OSCARS® Designer Challenge finalist, 2011 Fashion Week El Paseo Designer of the Week (Palm Springs), 2011 Samsung MetroWear Icon, and the first Featured Designer at the 2012 San Diego Women’s Week. At the 86th Academy Awards, Tolentino became the first designer in 53 years from his home country to dress an Oscar winner. He also is only the second to dress a nominated actress at the EMMYs.
Tolentino works in all fabrics but specializes in eco-friendly fabrics, earning him the title of 2011 Featured Designer of eco-ethical endeavor Rags2Riches, first ever Featured Eco Designer at Global Green’s 2012 Pre-Oscars Party, and the 2010 Sustainable Eco Fashion Award winner in the Bahamas. Through incorporation of native fabrics derived from piña (fabric derived from pineapple leaves), abaca plant fibers (Manila hemp), water-lily leaves, jute and raw silk cocoon, Tolentino has become a promoter of his native country’s weavers and embroiderers.
Tolentino’s eco gowns have appeared on television shows American Idol and Extra,and at Global Green’s Pre-Oscar Party; Fashion Week El Paseo in Palm Springs; Downtown L.A. Fashion Week; Gorgeous & Green in San Francisco; United Colors of Fashion in New York; Islands of the World in the Bahamas; EcoChic events in Hong Kong, Geneva (U.N. Palais des Nations), and Milan; the Peabody Awards; and the OSCARS® Designer Challenge where Hollywood first saw these fabrics. He won 1st prize at 2008 Bali Fashion Week with a capiz-accented outfit. At the 2016 Academy Awards, Tolentino created an eco piña tuxedo, the first ever worn by an Oscar nominee.
After such a short time in the U.S., Oliver Tolentino has accomplished much, having shown in Manila, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Palm Springs, San Diego, Bali, Barbados, Hong Kong, Israel, Switzerland, Italy, and the Bahamas. Tolentino will continue to dress the fashionable and style conscious around the world in 2016.