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Shekhar Rahate’s Hollywood Haute Couture Creations To Hit the Heights in Washington, DC at the 2013 Presidential Inauguration

Shekhar Rahate’s Hollywood Haute Couture Creations
To Hit the Heights in Washington, DC at the 2013 Presidential Inauguration

By Dr. Laura Wilhelm, LauraWil Intercultural

Indian-American fashion design sensation Dr. Shekhar Rahate will make a bold cross-cultural move by sending some of his Hollywood haute couture dresses to Washington, DC in connection with President Obama’s 2013 inauguration on January 21st. Rahate’s gowns will be worn by Ms. Maria Amor, Ms. Bambou Ada and Madame Chair M.C. Townsend, two truly celestial emissaries from Los Angeles, the City of Angels.

Dr. Rahate was trained in fashion design at the Dubai Beams International Fashion School. He recently received his Ph.D. in sociology with a concentration in film, television, and video from Hill College. Rahate’s many design awards considerably hastened the completion date of his degree program.

In 2012 alone Rahate received the Fashion Couturier of the Year Award from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Indo-American Advisory Council; the Versace Award for Global Excellence in Fashion at a Global Independence Day gala in Beverly Hills organized by the US Asia Business Forum; and the Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi Medal for non-resident Indians at the House of Lords in London.

Rahate is also slated to receive a Crystal Ball Award as a Visionary Designer from Dr. Laura Wilhelm’s Los Angeles-based consulting company LauraWil Intercultural later this year. This multi-talented designer is a global success story with runway shows in Los Angeles, New York City, and San Francisco as well as overseas in Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Durban, South Africa; Frankfurt, Germany; Luzern, Switzerland; Mumbai, India; and Paris, France.

Dr. Rahate is the only designer in history ever to show at the United Nations. Rahate’s recent display of women’s formal wear and headpieces at the International Fashion SuperModel finale in Hollywood on October 24th topped off a Halloween-themed celebrity spectacle. The IFSM final was broadcast to millions of viewers in the USA and China.

Dr. Rahate regularly participates at New York Fashion Week, favoring luxurious locations such as the famed Waldorf Astoria Hotel. His one of a kind gowns have appeared on red carpets at the Cannes Film Festival as well as the Emmys and the Oscars.

Maria Amor is a renowned beauty queen from the Philippines with a fine head for business, a deep appreciation of the arts, and a true passion for fashion. She is “The reigning Queen of The Philippines-USA”. Like Shekhar Rahate she has been recognized many times for her international accomplishments.  Most recently Ms. Amor received the 2011 Elizabeth Taylor Beauty and Humanitarian Award on Global Independence Day of which she is the chief Producer/Coordinator.  This year she was just named a Luminary in Fashion and Beauty at the Image Awards event in Hollywood.

Amor and Rahate have teamed up on several fashion events in the Greater Los Angeles area to help raise funds for Ms. Amor’s non-profit We Care for Humanity.  Dr. Rahate’s native India was showcased prominently at these events.  He also serves as Regional Director for both the Northern California and Southern California Miss India beauty pageants.

Ms. Amor’s dignitary role as International Liaison Ambassador of the RBCC is expected to bring Rahate’s couture in the midst of the creme de la creme at the 57th Presidential Inauguration.

Madame M.C. Townsend has been the CEO of the Regional Black Chamber of Commerce (San Fernando Valley-Southern California) since the Year 2000. This Chamber serves over 35 cities and nearly 350 small, minority, and woman owned businesses that receive empowerment in education, financial strategies, training, and social equality. In 2011, Madame Chair Townsend was elected as the Chairman of the California State Black Chamber’s Council of Chambers, a large group of minority chambers serving the entire Southern and Northern California area.

Following a long string of local achievements in LA, Madame Townsend was invited to be a Board Director on the National African American Drug Policy Council in Washington, DC. In 2012, she was appointed to serve as a National Western Region Spokeswoman jointly with Congresswoman emeritus Dr. Diane Watson on the Women for America Business Issues and Voter Registration Committee as a Los Angeles County representative. Both Townsend and Watson are under the direction of Lena Kennedy, Southern California Director of the “Women for Obama” Campaign.

As a result Madame Chair M.C. Townsend is well acquainted with President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, making her a strong advocate for Dr. Rahate’s West Coast evening wear in Washington. The magnificence of Washington, DC will certainly be enhanced by the small dash of Hollywood magic that Madame Chair M.C. Townsend and Maria Amor will soon bring to our nation’s capital by wearing Shekhar Rahate’s regal designs to mark the upcoming inaugural festivities.

Joining the two dynamic figures is Ambassador Promoting Africa-Ms. Bambou Ada (Adrienne) Diagne, AD3 Production Marketing Team and Media Producer Public Relations & Event Planner Consultant. As a Senegalese Woman, Bambou was working around the world coordinating programs with Doctors Without Borders and International Rescue Committee (South Sudan, Burundi, Ethiopia, Tanzania with Refugees, Kenya, Nicaragua, Madagascar, North Mali). Her most recent accomplishments include:  African Goodwill Awards Induction Ceremony, 2013. Member of the Executive Bureau of Friends of African Union Los Angeles( representing Senegal and Africa). counselor Friends of African Union USA, South America and Caribbean Bureau. Counselor and active staff with Rosenthal Group.  Panafrican Film Festival Los Angeles 2012-2013. She speaks French, Wolof, English, Spanish, Swahili and Kirundi.

Bambou is volunteering for the Inaugural Reception wearing Shekhar Rahate’s Couture that will surely add to the glitz of President Obama’s Inaugural Ball.

“Of course I couldn’t be more excited that some of my finest dresses will finally be seen in Washington, DC after working so hard for the past 15 years all over the world in the fashion business,” exclaims Dr. Rahate. “2012 was the best year yet for my career. I am sure that the inaugural event will push me forward all the faster. The First Lady’s commitment to fashion and fashion designersworking in the USA is well known. Maria Amor and Madam M.C. Townsend perfectly exemplify my own dedication to global issues of all kinds. I am very proud to have them model my designs before some of the most powerful and enlightened leaders anywhere on earth.”!i=2093025202&k=xsBBpsD
VIDEO – SHEKHAR RAHATE HAUTE COUTURE fashion week show … NEW YORK… September 16th 2012 …

His collection is available at –
468 north Camden dr., suite # 244, Beverly Hills’, CA 90210
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Dr. Laura Wilhelm was born in Philadelphia, PA on May 17, 1965. Her family lived briefly in Palo Alto and Oakland, CA before settling in San Diego when Laura was 10. In 1988 Laura graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Reed College in Portland, OR with a major in Russian and minor in Classics. She received her doctorate in Russian language and literature with honors from the U of Kansas in 1994 before relocating to Los Angeles with her husband, Christopher. Laura belongs to Dobro Slovo, the national Slavic honor society. Laura received much recognition for her work with the City of West Hollywood's Russian-speaking immigrant community before moving on to an eclectic teaching and consulting career in the Greater Los Angeles area. Since May 2009 Laura has run an award-winning business and talent development company called LauraWil Intercultural. Her associates comprise major international names in the arts, entertainment, fashion, literature, and science. Laura is a member of the West Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and sits on several of their committees. In West Hollywood she has helped to develop and promote programming for major world events such as Fashion's Night Out sponsored by VOGUE Magazine. In 2011 Laura's company was nominated for a WHCC Creative City Award (Category: Creative Communications). In January 2012 Laura was appointed CEO for a youth oriented online media company called vrmedia based in Washington, DC that has quickly formed networks up and down the East and West Coasts. At around the same time she started collaborating on charity fund raising for the Foundation Fighting Blindness with celebrated beauty pageant winner April Lufriu (Mrs. Florida, Mrs. America, and Mrs. World). Laura works with many other charities such as Finding Freedom International, Pals Around the World, and We Care For the World. She has been invited to serve on the Board of Directors for Designers 4 Africa, whose clientele includes A-list celebrities such as Cameron Diaz and Gisele Bundchen. Laura's Los Angeles company is running an ongoing bi-cultural RUNGLISH book promotion whose author Nina Naydenova is allied with renowned Russian luminaries such as tenor Nikolai Baskov and Oksana Fedorova, Russia's only Miss Universe to date. vrmedia plans to carry a definitive annotated translation of Leo Tolstoy's classic autobiography CHILDOOD-BOYHOOD-YOUTH as well as many other world masterpieces through Penguin Classics. As Los Angeles Chair Laura reviews fashion events for Emerging Global Designers. She also writes regular features on cultural topics for COLD HEAT NEWS and HOLLYWOOD WEEKLY. She has appeared live on KNBSTV.COM and Global TV. In graduate school Laura worked and studied in the former Yugoslavia and Soviet Union. She and her husband have visited Greece and led two successful Explorica tours of Italy for students from Mayfield Senior School in Pasadena, CA. Laura is active with the American-Russian Business Council, the Los Angeles Greek Film Festival, and the Los Angeles Sister Cities. Recently she was designated Russian Ambassador for the multicultural 2012 Global Independence Day awards event at the Beverly Hilton. She has listings in numerous WHO'S WHO, American Biographical Institute, and International Biographical Centre publications.

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