A visit and lunch with Essa Walla in Sharjah

Dear Shaded Viewers,

On my short trip to Dubai for Fashion Forward, I managed a day outside of Dubai and along with the visit to the Sharjah Biennale, I also paid a visit to Sharjah designer,  the charming Essa Walla. He was gracious enough to invite us for lunch and a quick trip in his atelier. His 360 m2 home is also a gallery of contemporary art. Essa and I are sharing the couch with one of his soft scultures of questionable gender.  Essa has been working in the fashion industry for the past 20 years and has dressed celebrities as well as the Royal Family. 



Diane Pernet

A LEGENDARY FIGURE IN FASHION and a pioneer of blogging, Diane is a respected journalist, critic, curator and talent-hunter based in Paris. During her prolific career, she designed her own successful brand in New York, costume designer, photographer, and filmmaker.