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Fashion Forward Season 1 Coverage: Essa

Essa Walla would rather buck the status quo than abide by it, and his presentation at Fashion Forward proved his design skills to an international audience. Edgy, trimmed leather vests, glistening PVC jackets, bustier-front one-piece suits, and leather-trimmed frocks turned classic looks into noir, surreal visions. Meant to unsettle, but ultimately entice, Essa’s work toys with creative tailoring techniques that turn silhouettes into angular sculptures. Essa paired these wicked works of art with hoof-like footwear, turning models into nightmares. Crafty, creative, and cool, Essa’s designs are on the hot list for both regional and international tastemakers.

written by GRACE GORDON|photos: courtesy of ESSA

-April 30, 2013

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