The Red Charity Gala

A homecoming for Lesley Mobo

Lesley Mobo, who continues to make waves in the fashion design scene in Europe, is a proud Aklanon

Lesley Mobo, who continues to make waves in the fashion design scene in Europe, is a proud Aklanon

London-based Filipino fashion designer Lesley Mobo is due for a homecoming in October as the featured artist of the annual Red Charity Gala fashion event. Organized by socialite Tessa Prieto-Valdes and philanthropist Kaye Tinga, the fashion industry is set to witness another marvelous celebration of Filipino creativity for a cause at the Makati Shangri-La Hotel.

“With a wonderful designer taking our runway this year, this event aims not only to promote Filipino pride but to raise funds for the Philippine Red Cross and Assumption High School Batch 1981 Foundation. Through fashion, we aspire to give hope to our countrymen in need,” said Valdes.

Mobo, who spent his early years in Aklan before moving to England, is known for his mastery of designing soft, feminine dresses with edgy, structural touches.

“The young, edgy feel will always be there,” he said of his work in an interview from London. “I like the idea of presenting things in a more casual manner.”

Graduating from the prestigious Central St. Martin’s in 2002 with a First Class B.A. Honors Degree in Fashion, Lesley also received the Colin Barnes Award for Fashion Illustration from the university; and a nomination in the Chartered Society of Designer Fashion Awards, which is traditionally held at the British Natural History Museum.

His works have also taken center stage in the Fashion in Motion exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum, from which BBC News featured his masterpieces.

In 2005, Mobo 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 later, he started wholesaling his Mobo womens-wear line in Paris during Paris Fashion Week, and was featured in Italian Vogue. From 2012 to 2015, he consulted for both luxury and high street brands in the UK and became design consultant for Ghost. Most recently, he designed the top selling T-shirt line “Mobo Lesley Mobo” for Japanese Brand Uniqlo.

The talented Aklanon’s victories and recognitions snowballed after his “metal and pearl design” won a CITEM competition, along with noted couturiers Avel Bacudio and Jojie Lloren. This accomplishment motivated Mobo to go further and explore new opportunities, even if it meant leaving behind the Philippines.

“The world of fashion is not about the glam—it’s all about hard work and ideas,” he emphasized.

With Mobo’s burning passion and signature techniques, the Red Charity Gala is definitely poised to surprise the fashion scene with never before seen pieces from a Filipino talent.

“This year, we promise to defy the expectations. With an amazing, renowned talent like Lesley Mobo, more supporters and higher targets, we are very confident about the turnaround of the Red Charity Gala 2015, and we hope many people can join us in this vision, too,” enthused Tinga.

The Red Charity Gala has gained a reputation for featuring a league of world-renowned Filipino fashion designers, such as Dennis Lustico, Furne One, Michael Cinco, Ezra Santos, Cary Santiago, and Jojie Lloren, among others.

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