05 October 2013

Fashion Forward Dubai - Designer Focus | Essa Walla

"Voted “Designer of the Year” thrice in a row, by Grazia, for 2011 ,2012 and 2013, Essa Bhagoorwala is of Indian origin, but Arab sensibilities, as he was born and bred  in the United Arab Emirates." Fashion Forward.ae

I don't really know where to begin, Essa's designs are one of my personal favorites and I was excited to attend his show last season, I still remember how crazy that day was, there were a lot of people outside and the big hall was fully packed in no time, I couldn't even find my seat until someone on behalf of Essa told me that he requested I sit front-row next to two other friends of mine, and this is how Essa really is, considerate, talented, detailed and absolutely charming. His show was so beautiful and well put together, I loved everything! The make-up, hair and clothes were all in sync. Season 2 starts in 10 days, I asked Esaa few questions and this is what he had to say:
1- Essa what inspires you to do the work you do everyday and specially while designing new garments?

It is the hardest thing for me to answer. I am usually inspired by technique and form and then if that does not work..I am very inspired by beautiful fabrics.

2- How do you feel about Dubai now becoming more serious about fashion specially after HRH Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum Issued a Decree to establish "Dubai Design and Fashion Council"?

I am keen to see what will happen, is this going to encourage young, emerging designers? are we going to have better resources to produce? will established designers be heavily supported..these are the key questions that we all need to keep in mind when setting up a fashion council but under the patronage of HRH things will be nothing short of incredible. It will be huge.

3-  What are you expecting from Fashion Forward this season since they were the 1st to actually host an exceptionally well organized fashion event in Dubai?

I am expecting nothing but the best if not better from them in terms of organizing. My concern is the talent that is being showcased is it up to par?

4- What can we expect from Essa in Fashion Forward, also will you have women & mens-wear in the new collection? 

Always expect the unexpected. I strive to do the best I can. I want to showcase my work to the best of my abilities. It will be a big show and it will be a whole new feel to last season.

5- If you weren't a designer what other career would you have chosen for yourself? 
I would have loved to have been an actor. I love acting.

6- Tell us which city is your favorite and why?
Paris. everyone loves Paris. I love Paris, It is the true city of fashion. vive la mode!!!!!!!!

Don't forget to follow 
Essa's instagram: @Essawalla
Written by: Amal Ismail - Photos&Video: courtesy of fashionforward.ae & Designer

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