UAE-based designer Essa Walla started making clothes since the age of 13 and is an icon in the Middle Eastern fashion industry. After graduating with an MBA in marketing management and economics, Essa honed his skills with traditional pattern cutters and tailors in Dubai. Winning the Grazia Magazine’s Designer of the Year three years in a row, he counts Rick Owens and Osman amongst his designer friends, and boasts a slew of celebrities wearing his pieces, including sartorial royalties Lady Gaga and Sonam Kapoor. The Essa Walla runway shows at Fashion Forward are often talk of the town, and will take you on a theatrical spectacle inside the mind of Essa, where you’ll see anything from black glossy lips, unexpected fabric pairings, hooves for feet and powerful set designs. With a multi-award winning fashion background and an even more exciting future ahead of him, Essa is a visionary; talented, detailed and absolutely charming.
The UAE born and bred designer has been dubbed the pioneer of high fashion in the Middle East, the ‘King of the Neoprene’ and now is your chance to snap up one of his designs. Until 15th June, shop an impressive array of 108 pieces up for grabs at discounts of between 30-40% off the original retail price. The striking pieces available embody the signature style of one of the region’s best loved designers, with items from both his older and current collections available, with key pieces including neoprene jackets, kimono inspired tops and leather drop waist dresses.