Tucked amidst the desert of Dubai is a fairytale paradise of blooms and cascading floral bouquet with rich fragrance and dreams are alive.
The 2021 Spring/Summer Couture Collection for Angelo Estera shot on location: Saya Cafe, City Walk, Dubai
Designer: Angelo Estera, Dubai @angeloestera
Model: Natalie Spivak @queenissima
Production assistant: Mansour Fernandez
Makeup: Shifa @makeoverbyshifa
Hair: Moona Sultan @moona.sultan
Photo: Premkumar Thiyagarajan @d2dtraveler
Retoucher: Atabak Sepehr @atabaksepehr
Venue: Saya Cafe, City Walk, Dubai, UAE @sayacafe.ae
PR: TOP PR Agency @toppragency
I am a self taught designer based in Boston. I learned to sew using my grandmother’s Singer sewing machine in my home country Botswana. I was raised in a family where every Sunday we get dolled up and head to church. Grandma used to make our dresses or alter using her manual Singer sewing machine.
After moving to the United States in the early 90s I decided to continue the tradition but expanded it. I worked for Lord and Taylor in Boston in the petite section. I was like a kid in a candy store. I was fascinated by so many styles, trend. I often looked at an outfit and always wanted to change or add something to it. I knew then that I needed to make clothes. And brand Mesese was born.
My designs are greatly inspired by my traditional life back in my home country, Botswana. I love to blend German print fabrics with modern ideas when creating my functional pieces. Our designs, have been featured in many fashion shows including Fashionably Late at the Liberty Hotel, Boston, Excessive Fashion, Boston Fashion Week and NY fashion week for EPN magazine. I also host Fashion TV in Boston for BNN.
Designer: Connie Diforo, brand Mesese
Retoucher: Elena Sidak
Makeup stylist: Fen Lin
Hair stylist: Cici Chang
What I’ve learned is that for the brand to grow, there has to be constant consistency and collaboration. Collaboration must happen because one can not do everything alone. The biggest mistake I made when I started the business was carrying the load alone. I believe that as long as you’re in the business, learning never stops. It takes a lot of courage; confident and determination to sustain and grow a brand. What also helps now is living in digital era where we have so many platforms that allow us to showcase our talents or address our clients.
My fashion advice: It is very easy to be fashionable; just be prepared and be consistent. Stay fabulous at all times. Look for inspiration- this makes it very easy. Aim to look chic all the time. Do not forget to accessorize. And always keep the occasion in mind.
I am a urban abstract fashion designer born and raised in East New York, Brooklyn. My twin and I entered the world on November 3rd 1983. Growing up in a full household, of six kids, enforced in me the importance of family and community. As a child, I stayed out of trouble and engaged in activities such as dance & art; drawing and painting. I gained my creative inspiration from anime and the things I observed in my everyday life. Although I always had a unique sense of style I struggled to find a variety of fashion in the stores in my community. This pushed me to create my own clothing line in 2012, Foreign Labur.
Designer: Foreign Labur
Retoucher: Sid S
Model: Natalie Spivak
MUA: Sharri Bonner
Hair Stylist: Jalyn Aryn Averitte
Foreign Labur gives an upbeat, innovative twist on today’s street wear fashion. I incorporate multicultural designs into the clothes to represent the many cultures that make up our country. America was built on the backs of foreigners. In naming the clothing line Foreign Labur, I give tribute and thanks to these foreigners. In December 2018, Foreign Labur collaborated with KoolKat on the Fashion Forward Fashion Show. This brought the brand to the next level and put Foreign Labur on the map. I later went on in December 2019, to host Foreign Labur’s debute solo fashion show. The success of this show increased the brands social media audience to more than 7000 followers. Some celebrities seen wearing Foreign Labur include Young Thug, Iman Shumpert, Yandy Smith and Reggae Artists like Ding Dong and Elephant Man. Designs have also been featured in Irie Jam 2014, New York Fashion Week Plitz 2017, and New York Fashion Week 2019 & 2020.
In March when New York City shut down everyone felt the effects of COVID-19, but communities like Brooklyn were hit the hardest by the virus. Families all throughout Brooklyn lost loved ones to the virus. So in light of COVID-19, Foreign Labur has donated masks to the community.