Lesley Mobo in a ‘dazzling’ homecoming

Becky Garcia

Becky Garcia

From a boy who grew up in Aklan, Lesley Mobo is now one of the Philippines’ youngest and most successful fashion designers.

His is one of the success stories where a budding fashion designer first pursued a different field (Biology for Mobo), but eventually gave in his passion’s calling. He finished Fashion at the prestigious Central Saint Martins, London in 2002 with a First Class B.A. Honors Degree. He went on completing an M.A. in Fashion at the same school in 2004.

Since then, Mobo’s name has been perpendicular to signature brands like Diesel and Uniqlo, selling out his capsule collections for both brands. In 2005, Mobo also did a design collaboration with Absolut Vodka Sweden entitled Absolut Label 1879 Collection.

Kaye Tinga, Ben Chan, Lesley Mobo and Tessa Prieto-Valdes

Kaye Tinga, Ben Chan, Lesley Mobo and Tessa Prieto-Valdes

Mobo has also raked in awards in his career. He has received Colin Barnes Award for fashion illustration from Central St. Martin’s, a Diesel Award in Trieste and an Emilio Pucci Award in Florence. His works also took center stage in the “Fashion in Motion” exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Eventually he started his own line, Mobo London, with a showroom in Paris, and market in Italy, Russia, Germany, Greece, Japan, Lebanon, Egypt, Hong Kong, Riyadh, Dubai, Bahrain and Qatar.

Being based in London since 2002, Mobo returned to the Philippines on October 16 to dazzle his Filipino fans at the Red Charity Gala 2015.

An annual fashion event staged by Tessa Prieto-Valdes and Kaye Tinga, this year’s edition saw the Mobo’s latest collection, as well as Manila’s high society dressed to the nines.

Held at the Makati Shangri-La Grand Ballroom, guests were welcomed by both Valdes and Tinga who both glimmered in Mobo gowns.

Tessa proudly said that it is amazing how this idea that they have envisioned several years ago is still burning with flames. They 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.

Dina Tantoco with Donnie and Crickette Tantoco

Dina Tantoco with Donnie and Crickette Tantoco

Before the runway presented Mobo’s 40-piece set inspired by Tudor romance and dynasty kitschy glamor, the gala first saw a successful auction that helped raise funds for the Philippine Red Cross, Assumption High School Batch 1981 Foundation and its sister organizations.

Some of the packages auctioned included a stunning Prague watch, a luxurious stay in Shangri-La Paris, Premium Economy flights to France via Singapore Airlines, Balesin membership and many more.

After the successful fund raising activity, which was hosted by Prieto herself alongside Tim Yap, a dramatic light on the runway signaled the start of a spectacular fashion show.

Mobo immediately heated up the runway with his signature underwear collection. This was followed by pieces featuring his signature “glamorized street fashion.” Finally, his shimmering romantic contemporary gowns with fantastic silhouettes took the runway.

Despite his huge milestones, the Red Charity Gala saw a humble Mobo in his signature baseball cap and all black.

It was such a huge success that supporters are now looking forward to next year’s fundraising event. Watch out for the next featured designer!

To the organizers, may you continue to touch the lives of those in need.


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