Downtown LA Fashion Week Celebrates Elegance and Vintage Couture
Oliver Tolentino's stunning purple silk taffeta dress was one of many elegant
and eco-friendly pieces from his spring collection that was a crowd favorite.
(Photo by Deidre Crawford)
Celebrities and fashion fans alike celebrated Oliver Tolentino's Spring/Summer 2010 collection at the close of Downtown LA Fashion Week at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA.
Tolentino's collection featured evening gowns and cocktail dresses highlighted in bright reds, purples, blues and greens inspired by his tropical Phillipines homeland. He wove organic silk, chiffon, taffeta, tulle and organza with intricate beading and crystalsÂ to create his eco-friendly pieces.
His range of day-time dress-up and evening wear was beautiful and well-made, but a few pieces in particular stood out. A silk taffeta purple ball gown embroidered with hand-cut circular pieces stole the show, and the red silk chiffon Grecian gown embellished in Swarovski crystals also proved to be a crowd favorite. These pieces, along with his flowered mermaid gown made of sustainable pineapple fabric, earned Tolentino a standing ovation.
Following Tolentino's collection debut, Elizabeth Mason of vintage store, The Paper Bag Princess, celebrated classic couture with her personal vision of Valentino. The celebration of Valentino included introductions by Robin Antin, creator of the Pussycat Dolls, and a performance by singer Matt Goss, whose Frank Sinatra-esque style kept the crowd of celebrities, models and designers entertained.
Christian Dior Haute Couture, Yves St. Laurent, and Versace were just a few of the designers showcased in the fashion show, featuring vintage pieces dating back to the 1930s. Â The night also honored Maria Bello with the Los Angeles Spirit Award for Style and Substance for her charity work and support of local fashion designers.Â