Oliver Tolentino designs US singer's costumes

Posted at 04/26/11 11:55 AM

HOLLYWOOD, California - Filipino Hollywood designer Oliver Tolentino has been commissioned by Cee Lo Green, one of America's most popular artists, to make his costumes for a big new music video.

Green is famous for his hit song "Forget You".

For the singer's next music video, millions of Cee Lo Green's fans will get to see Filipino design up close as the popular singer picked Tolentino to do his costumes.

Tolentino created two designs: one is a robin egg blue suit embellished with embroidery and Swarovski crystals. It features a "furry" overcoat made of Philippine raw silk cocoon from Aklan.

The other is a bright red suit embellished with gold embroidery, beads, and Swarovski crystals. It features a Liberace-inspired cape of peacock fabric and gold embroidery.

''Yung turquoise jacket is made from raw silk cocoon. So makikita niyo sa video, angat na angat. Para siyang fur pero it's not," said Tolentino.

The costumes, though designed in Hollywood, were sewn and embroidered in the Philippines using Filipino materials.

"Everything he will be wearing were all made in the Philippines. Out of this world. Matutuwa talaga ang manonood.

"Nagpapasalamat talaga ako sa mga mananahi ko tsaka embellishers at cutters ko sa Philippines kasi they made the outfit very well," the designer added.

Green is known for being the male version of Lady Gaga because of his outlandish outfits, such as the one he wore in his duet with Gwyneth Paltrow at the recent Grammy awards.

He is also one of the judges in the new singing contest on TV, "The Voice," where he is joined by Christina Aguilera, whom Tolentino met when he went to take Green's measurements.

Tolentino was in Las Vegas to attend to Green's costumes for the shooting of the music video of "I Want You," Green's new song.

The designer also created several dresses for the "princess" in the video, model Ivey Mansel.

"Ang sarap gumawa ng video kasi magagawa mo ang gusto mo especially with Cee Lo na sabi, 'Gawin mong mas outrageous. Mas okay sa akin 'yan,'" Tolentino said.

The designer added he had to make sure the costumes fit really well even if the singer moves around a lot.

"With an artist like Cee Lo, he does a lot of movement so I made sure na tamang-tama ang fit."

Green's stylist was the one who talked to Tolentino about the project, proof of the continuing success of the Filipino designer in Hollywood.

"Sila ang nag-approach kasi there are only a few people who can do these outrageous costumes. Tsaka ang motif nila ay Liberace so kailangan talaga ng very detailed embellishments sa costumes ni Cee Lo," Tolentino said. -- Report from Yong Chavez, ABS-CBN News North America Bureau