A spectacular celebration of fashion and camaraderie for a cause is about to dazzle Manila once again as the Red Charity Gala, organized by society icon Tessa Prieto-Valdes and philanthropist Kaye Tinga, is set to happen on October 16 at the Makati Shangri-La.
The gathering aims to raise bigger funds for the Philippine Red Cross and Assumption High School Batch 1981 Foundation. “It is amazing how this vision that came to fruition several years ago is still burning with flames. We are very happy to partner with creative and world-class talents, feature their works, and give back to the community all at the same time,” said Tessa.
Known for featuring a league of world-renowned Filipino designers, such as Rajo Laurel, Dennis Lustico, Furne One, Michael Cinco, Cary Santiago, Ezra Santos, Jojie Lloren, the Red Charity Gala has indeed showcased a variety of design philosophies from edgy and futuristic, to swarovskis and flowy cloths, to collection inspired by paintings and many more. And now, the spotlight focuses on the works of highly acclaimed London-based designer Lesley Mobo.
This year, the Red Charity Gala runway is about to see “an orgy of “Tudor Romance” towards the culmination of the ‘War of the Roses’ and Dynasty kitchy glamour via Studio 54,” according to the designer.
Lesley, who spent his early years in Aklan before moving to England, is known for his mastery of designing and tailoring soft, feminine dresses with edgy, structural touch. Graduating from the prestigious Central St Martin’s in 2002 with a First Class B.A. Honours Degree in Fashion, Lesley also received Colin Barnes Award for fashion illustration from Central St Martin’s, a nomination in the Chartered Society of Designer Fashion Awards held in the British Natural History Museum. His works also took center stage in the ‘Fashion in Motion’ exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum, from which his masterpieces were featured in the BBC News.
In 2005 he designed a sell-out capsule collection called Lesley Mobo by Diesel which was manufactured, distributed and sold by Diesel in its major flagship stores in London, Milan, Paris, New York, Antwerp, Berlin and Tokyo.
Four years after, he started wholesaling his MOBO womens wear line in Paris during Paris Fashion Week, and was featured in Italian Vogue. From 2012 – 2015, he consulted for both luxury and high street brands in the UK and became the design consultant for Ghost, and just recently he designed his top selling T-shirt line “MOBO Lesley Mobo” (Women, Men, Girls, Kids and Babies) for the Japanese Brand Uniqlo selling in China, Hong Kong, Macau, Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Australia and U.S.A. making it one of the biggest line products in Uniqlo Stores. Continue reading