I always eagerly anticipate what I will witness from Ezra Santos as he has always wowed me with his romantic creations. He showcased his Weave of Love collection at Fashion Forward SS17 and it was stunning. A combination of neoprene, leather and buri with a weaving of ribbon. Inspired by his roots, Ezra drew from the weaving industry in the Philippines which combines buri (palm) and pandan on sea grass leaves which are dried and woven intricately into mats.
His pieces always evoke this feeling of wonder as they are formed in the depths of his imagination, his last collection was so ethereal and this one was rooted in nature, Banig is not even considered a textile however this didn’t hinder his stunning collection which he dedicated to his Artisans who have been with him for 12 years.
Ezra absolutely slayed the runway, his pieces were wearable, current, creative and told a story. What sets Ezra apart for me is that he is consistent, he has a very distinct style. A couple of the other shows lacked a common thread, the pieces were great but not stylised and the story lacked. If you think of all the great designers you can usually look at a piece and know who its by and that is what we need to see more of in the region. There is also the other side of the coin, some designers who have collections that are very samey and although they are distinct…they are boring, its the same every season, new fabrics …same designs. I hope we see more amazing collections born in Dubai!