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Oliver Tolentino's foray into the 2010 Oscars.
Cheery Oliver Oliver Tolentino's foray into the 2010 Oscars.

Homegrown designer Oliver Tolentino joins the splendid list of Filipino talents who have been getting recognized in the international fashion community (see posts about Paul Herrera, Edwin Ao, and Chat Almarvez). Oliver was a finalist in Oscars Design Challenge 2010, a competition sponsored last month by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in Beverly Hills, California.

While he didn't clinch the ultimate prize, Oliver still feels every inch the consummate winner because of his glorious experience in his first participation in this year's most hallowed Hollywood event. See, instead of dressing up one of the “trophy escorts” (which was the final prize of the competition), he dressed up around half a dozen distinguished attendees of Oscar night and its accompanying parties.

Here's the rundown of Hollywood's Oliver Tolentino-clad women:

Judy Cairo, one of the producers of Crazy Heart (for which Jeff Bridges won the Best Actor award), wore a Venus-cut, black tulle gown with hand-cut tulle fringes and beadwork all over the body during the awards ceremony and the Fox Post-Oscars Party.

Miss USA 1994 and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's date Lu Parker gushed about the black tulle gown Judy Cairo was wearing, but opted instead for a brown and aquamarine draped chiffon gown. As Miss USA 1994, Ms. Parker represented her country in the Miss Universe pageant when it was held here in Manila in 1994, and is currently a news anchor for KTLA Prime News.

• At the Montblanc Charity Party hosted by Hollywood bigwigs Harvey and Bob Weinstein, model and Weinstein friend Houda Shretah wore a gorgeous peek-a-boo, bead-embellished green silk chiffon gown.

Downtown Los Angeles Fashion Week founder and organizer Leanna Lewis wore a dazzling Tiffany blue bustier cocktail dress with matching blue concentric strips around the bodice at the Elton John Foundation Oscar Party.

Clearly, Oliver feels victorious. He tells us, “No one should feel bad for me [for not winning the competition] because I feel like such a winner in all of this experience. I had gowns worn to the Oscars and all the parties, and I got to attend a big Oscar party and hold my first Oscar statuette! And it was pretty nice to be able to congratulate Jeff Bridges in person on his Oscar win! I feel like such a winner in my Oscars debut! I'm already looking forward to next year!”

Click here to view Oliver Tolentino's designer directory.

—Jae de Veyra Pickrell, Editorial Assistant

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