Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Philippine Fashion Shines on Oscar Red Carpet

Three Philippine Fashion Designers made waves on the red carpet during the recently concluded 86th Academy Awards.
John Legend’s wife, Chrissy Teigen, wore Monique Lhuillier’s black flowing gown with fuchsia flowers all over the train, which she highlighted in her Fall/Winter collection during the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week.
Academy Award winning co-director of “Frozen,” Jennifer Lee, wore Oliver Tolentino’s black textured velvet gown with hand-beaded lace top and accented with Swarovski crystals.

The first female director of a Disney feature, Jennifer was proud of her Oliver Tolentino gown. She told us why she chose Oliver especially after writing a witty piece in the LA Times about the travails of a female director nominee, which is working the red carpet.

The petite and charming director said, “I saw he had made this dress and it was everything I could ever dream of. He's an amazing talent. He was very gentle with one who was overwhelmed with the red carpet, took care of me. So I'm very grateful to him and honored that he let me wear this.”

Asked about her collaboration with Filipino-American Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez especially in regard to how popular the song “Let It Go” has become in terms of videos, tributes and parodies online, Jennifer said, “Well, we worked together with them every day via video conference for a few hours a day for about 14 months and we'd work on the script with them as much as the songs.”

“I mean, they wrote the songs. I did not say we did that. We went back and forth and ‘Let It Go’ for us was a game changer. When we heard that, we knew that we could do something very special with Elsa and we rewrote the movie. So we understood and really felt the emotional power of that song and we're so happy for them,” she added.
As for the plan to make the “Frozen” musical, Jennifer revealed, “We're in the very early stages of development. We're still opening the film, as we say. We are opening in Japan and then we're going to take a little break and then start looking at it. But, yeah.”

Aside from Jennifer, Oliver also dressed up the wife of Oscar nominee, producer Richard Suckle of “American Hustle,” Maia Suckle for Oscar night in an off-shoulder fetching blue gown. Fil-Am fashion designer Alexis “Bong” Monsanto was also on the red carpet as KTLA TV’s fashion commentator.

On the other hand, Dubai-based Michael Cinco, who did gowns for Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Christina Aguilera, Jennifer Lopez and other Hollywood stars, also created our Oscar black beaded gown, which was complimented by no less than Hollywood veteran journalist Jeanne Wolf, and other guests at the Oscars. 
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