'Extra' host to wear Pinoy design to Emmys

By Yong Chavez, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

Posted at Sep 19 2012 07:55 PM | Updated as of Sep 20 2012 09:39 PM

LOS ANGELES, California -- Filipino designer Oliver Tolentino was a special guest at the popular Hollywood TV show "Extra." Its host, Maria Menounos, chose Tolentino to dress her for the Emmys where she will be seen by millions of viewers worldwide.

"Extra" host Maria Menounos poses with Filipino fashion designer Oliver Tolentino. Photo courtesy of Yong Chavez, ABS-CBN News

Menounos is asking "Extra" viewers to vote for the best Oliver Tolentino gown that she will wear when she interviews TV's biggest stars at the Emmys.

Tolentino is now one of Hollywood's fastest rising fashion designers.

"Kinontak nila ako and then nabigla na lang ako kasi dumating si Maria Menounos sa shop,” Tolentino told ABS-CBN News.

The piña gowns were made in the Philippines.

"Hindi lang naman exposure para sa akin. Ang hinahabol ko talaga dito is I want the whole world to know that us Filipinos can create beautiful clothes using our local fabric, which is the piña,” Tolentino said.

Hollywood stylists have been visiting his shop in Los Angeles to check his designs. "The Voice" coach Cee Lo green is one of his regular customers.

Tolentino said that by promoting piña fiber in Hollywood, he aims to help save and improve the Philippine's weaving industry.