Filipinos do excel abroad even in the highly competitive international fashion scene.
Proof of this was the recognition given to Oliver Tolentino and Ralph Joseph Rovero whose creations were recently featured in the US TV show “America’s Next Top Model” and the September issue of Vogue Hommes Japan, respectively.
The creations of the Bataan-born Tolentino were worn by seven of the 15 contestants in the “Pink” photo shoot, which was part of the second episode of “ANTM Cycle 17” that also featured guest judge Ashlee Simpson and was aired in the US last Sept. 21
Tolentino was earlier featured in the Fierce Parade and Fashion Show on “ANTM Cycle 18,” which took place last Oct. 3 at the Universal Studios CityWalk. .
Meanwhile, the creations of Ralph Joseph Rovero made it to the September issue of Vogue Hommes Japan when Lady Gaga’s stylist Nicola Formichetti, who currently sits as fashion editor of Vogue Hommes Japan, chose his collections for the “Freedom Fighters” photo shoot.
A graduate of the University of Westminster School of Fashion, Rovero’s works were earlier featured in British publications such as GQ Style, WAD (We Are Different), and Disorder, and also had a stint at the Brighton Fashion Week.
The 24-year old Filipino-British, who was only six years old when his family migrated to London, said he is proud to be a Filipino because all Filipinos are really known for working hard.