Iconic fashion designer Shekhar Rahate had his pre-Oscar fashion show at trendy Nirvana restaurant in Beverly Hills, where he presented his 2015 Oscar collection on February 19th. His show bridged the gap between eastern and western fashion. There were many international celebrities on the red carpet such as Said Faraj from Green Zone and Fahim Fazli. Roman media presented the event and the event was sponsored by Sisel Beauty, who had makeup, skincare and lashes available for sale at the event. Candy Ice, Hayavi Media and celebrity hairstylist and makeup artist Badri Kermani were sponsors.
Kermani really enjoyed working with Rahate. “He is such an amazing designer and working with him has brought me many opportunities like the Oscars and it has taken me to the next level of my career and he is always so supportive of my vision and so easy and loyal to work with. As for upcoming projects, Kermani had this to say, “I have a lot of artistic endeavors in mind for 2016 and this awards and fashion season is really helping me expand my creative outlets.” “Working with Shekhar is truly a great experience and it’s fun to help the celebrities get their pre-Oscar glam on,” said designer Shruti Bhandarkar. Bhandarkar received her master’s in fashion from The National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT) and has a Bachelor’s Degree from FIDM. I really wanted to support Shekhar, who is so artistic and he’s been so wonderful to me. He’s such an amazingly talented designer and I can’t wait to see his collection,” said actress-singer Jon Mack, who also was a model in the fashion show. Exotic fabrics,intricate details, and ornate colors are the elements that Indian-American fashion designer Shekhar Rahate masterfully blends together to orchestrate his collection of haute couture gowns. The Rahate Collection encompasses the beauty and elegance of high-fashion frock by combining a variety of styles and fabrics from form-fitting to free-flowing to multi-patterned. Shekhar Rahate of Shekhar Rahate Haute Couture set records when he styled over 50 of his breathtaking creations for the Oscar Awards event on Sunday, March 2nd. Rahate’s one of a kind dresses were spotted not only on the Academy’s red carpet at the Dolby Theater where he reigned but also on several high profile occasions throughout Oscar season. These included red carpet events in Beverly Hills, West Hollywood, and Hollywood at benefits for Children Uniting Nations, the Elton John AIDS Foundation, Fame & Philanthropy, the French Tuesdays and Vanity Fair celebrations; and the Salute to the Stars and Night of 100 Stars galas. His fashion goals are to accentuate a woman’s silhouette while allowing her to move with comfort and grace. The Rahate Collection of luxurious gowns not only define haute couture perfection, but also carries with it the attention-grabbing appeal of the Red Carpet. His unique gowns have already appeared at the Emmys, Oscars, and the Cannes Film Festival. Rahate’s display of women’s formal wear andheadpieces at the 2012 International Fashion Supermodel (IFSM) event in Hollywood topped off a Halloween-themed celebrity-clad event that was broadcast to millions of viewers in the United States and China. Rahate also regularly participates in the New York Fashion Week (NYFW). Rahate has more than 15 years of experience in the fashion industry and received his training at the Dubai Beams International Fashion School. His runway shows have crossed the fashion globe from Los Angeles to San Francisco to New York City, as well as overseas to Germany, Switzerland, India and France. Rahate’s creations have garnered numerous accolades in the fashion arena including: -Fashion Couturier of the Year Award – Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Indo-American Advisory Council, April 2012 -Versace Award for Global Excellence in Fashion – Global Independence Day Gala, US Asia Business Forum, September 2012 -Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi Medal for outstanding services and achievements in regard to role of global Indians in the international arena – NRI Welfare Society of India in London, 2012/2013. -Maharashtracha Kohinoor – A prestigious Award by Kohinoor Group at the MATA – SANMAN event in Mumbai , India, 2014. In addition, Rahate is scheduled to receive a Crystal Ball Award as a Visionary Designer from Dr. Laura Wilhelm later this year. Rahate is also no stranger to the political arena as he designed Hollywood Haute Couture dresses for the 2013 Inauguration of United States President Barack Obama. In addition, he is the only designer in history ever to show at the prestigious United Nations General Assembly Hall where 450 delegates from across 192 nations witnessed his work. His gowns have also been worn by countless prominent figures such as Maria Amor, Madame Chair M.C.Townsend, Bambou Ada (Adrienne) Diagne, actress Vanessa Williams, actress Michelle Romano, as well as “Miss Asia Pacific”, “Miss World”, and “Miss Universe”. Rahate recently received his Ph.D. in sociology with a concentration in film, television, and video. More info about Rahate at http://www.shekharrahate.com/ Photos courtesy (except for group photo and my pic of Jon and I) of Bob Delgadillo Photography. Big thanks to him for all the great images.