Essa Finale of Who's Next in Dubai
Last night Naz and I attended the finale of Who's Next in Dubai to see the glamorous catwalk show of local designer Essa. Essa is a stellar brand in the region since he single handedly took the iconic kaftan and modernized it for the glamorous & chic Arab woman. We loved the colorful presentation which had a combination of hints from retro Gucci, vintage YSL, and glamour of Cavalli.
Essa, of Indian origin, was born and bred in the UAE . In 2004, a Paris-based organisation launched a project that aimed to establish UAE designers internationally, so Essa chose to incorporate traditional Arabian material - from Bedouin jewellery and thalli trimmings used for kaftans to the aghal (rope headband used to keep the ghutra in place) - in the creation of a modernised Arab collection.
“Art is what provokes you and makes you think. If it doesn’t make you do any of that, it’s just another dot or flower or portrait."