One of the headline designers for Fashion Forward Dubai Season 5, Ezra Santos set the ramp on fire with his crimson collection. Predominantly pastel pink and fiery red palette, the collection was equal amounts of feminine, seductive and dreamy.
Commenting on the inspiration for the collection Santos said: “My inspiration is the old Manila in the 1930’s and the beauty of the older days, the gorgeous mestizas clad in their finest Maria Clara and the days of the Spanish occupancy in our country that has had a major influence in the Philippine fashion.”
He further added that he worked with Piña (Pineapple Fibre), a fibre made from the leaves of a pineapple plant mixed with silk to create a textile and therefore very organic. It is commonly used in the Philippines for formal wears like our famous Barong Tagalog, Maria Clara and wedding dresses. It’s a hand-woven fabric made by weavers and is very precious and scarce.
He also used inabel, another organic fabric from the Philippines and the rest are tulle, jacquard, crepe silk and neoprene.
I loved the flowy-silhouette, the edgy laser cut floral patterns, camouflaging embellishments and above all the indiscreet gold accents – be it fingerless gloves or skinny belts.
Here are some of the images from Ezra’s fashion show at Fashion Forward (courtesy of Getty Images):