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Shekhar Rahate Haute Couture Lights Up Oscar Night on Over 60 Wearers

001o3Once again designer Shekhar Rahate of Shekhar Rahate Haute Couture made a huge splash at the Oscars, sending a total of 63 gowns to the 87th Annual Academy Awards ceremony held on Sunday, February 22nd, 2015 at the landmark Dolby Theater located at Hollywood and Highland. “I am running out of small sizes!” Rahate wailed on his Facebook page prior to the show where “splash” was also found in the form of a February rainstorm.

Braving the rain was actress Michelle Romano in a radiant red Shekhar Rahate dress that dissipated the gloom and combined with Romano’s vibrant energy to brighten the Hollywood scene all around her. As always Rahate himself was on hand to observe the Oscar crowd’s reactions to his elegant gowns that synthesize a variety of styles and fabrics from form-fitting to free-flowing to multi-patterned.

This reporter was sure she kept spotting Rahate’s couture creations on the big screen TVs from her perch at the Beverly Wilshire Oscar viewing party held at The Blvd. Café. Oscar gowns were worn by Adhruchia Apana, Alyssa Austin, Cheryl Casenza, Taylor Davis, Roxy Garvan, Rebecca Glidden, Ellee Jane, Martha Jennings, Danielle Krett, Ariana Mk, Shannon Reeves, Elva Rodriguez, Catherine Samson, Princess Santiago, Zinnia Sayegh, Lenka Sourkova, Jessica Surls, Dera Taylor, Natalie Wadlert and Tysha Williams.

Shekhar Rahate’s unique gowns are ever Oscar worthy, accentuating a woman’s silhouette while allowing her to move with comfort and grace. The luxurious Rahate Collection not only defines haute couture perfection, but also carries with it the attention-grabbing appeal of the Red Carpet.

Rahate’s creations have garnered numerous accolades in the fashion world 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.

Rahate has nearly two decades 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.

No stranger to the political arena, Rahate also designed Hollywood Haute Couture dresses for the 2013 Inauguration of United States President Barack Obama. 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. Rahate holds a Ph.D. in sociology with a concentration in film, television, and video.

The Rahate Collection by Shekhar Rahate

Website: www.shekharrahate.com

E-mail: shekhar@shekharrahate.com

Showroom: 9163 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90069

Office: 468 North Camden Drive, Suite #244, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Contact number: 1-888-712-0712

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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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