Beyonce looked so heavenly in her sparkly white cape at the Grammys, we could almost see her halo. But what was true nirvana was the fact that Dubai-based Filipino designer Furne One designed it.
"Beyonce looked heavenly in her Amato cape @Grammys 2015 performance !!!" he wrote on Instagram, referring to her ethereal cover-up while singing the gospel song “Take My Hand, Precious Lord." She teamed it with a Roberto Cavalli Atelier gown in crystal-embroidered silk tulle.
Amato, which means "beloved" in Italian, is his Dubai-based couture label founded with textile expert Rashid Ali. Known for its exquisite hand stitching and Swarovski beadwork, Amato Couture has been worn by Heidi Klum, Katy Perry, Jennifer Lopez, Nicki Minaj, Shakira, Nicole Scherzinger and Amber Rose. Beyonce herself has worn his designs before for her Mrs. Carter Show World Tour book.
A Fine Arts graduate, Cebu-born One trained in Paris and New York, where he apprenticed under Josie Natori. He moved to Dubai simply because a friend egged him on to try it. After working for a company that designed for the upper crust of Arab society, he opened his own atelier in 2002. This paved the way for a second location in Los Angeles a decade later.
The couturier is inspired by strong women like his mother and grandmother, who he says loved beautiful clothes.
“I have always tried to create exquisite and ethereal design tempered with a silent touch of strength," he said. "My collections aren’t for the faint hearted woman, but one who is comfortable in her skin.”
We call that a Queen.