Estero, meaning “foreign” in Italian, could not be a more fitting title for the exclusive magazine focusing on the international influence on fashion and culture. The quality, content, and layout of this oversized glossy are befitting a W issue, while the rich content and exquisite photography speak volumes on the fashion, innovative design, cuisine, art, sports and music of a featured locale. Artistic Director of Estero, Maria Kontgis, masterfully orchestrates a brilliant arrangement of history, nightlife, local flavors, as well as artists and trends emerging in select regions, most recently Dubai.
In Volume No. 3, entitled “Digital Enigma,” Estero offers a sneak peak into their staffs’ picks of “must-have accessories right off the runway” and reveals designers’ secret inspirations behind their Spring/Summer 2014 collections. At the award-winning Nolcha Fashion Week fashion show, Keggy belts cinched the waists of Stacie May’s collection, striking the perfect balance between femininity and edginess. Estero uncovered Keggy’s storyboard for the line, unearthing the Marc Chagall influence and whimsical inspiration for the collection’s repeating patterns and bold, contrasting hues. A behind the scenes image by Laura Prichett captures the textures, colors, and Chagall paintings that served as the backdrop for Keggy’s own circus-inspired accessories.
We are very much looking forward to exploring Estero’s next issue and its newly revamped website. Prior to the recent launch of its interactive website, Estero’s print version was only available to invitation-only guests at premier events. Now Estero is accessible to everyone and allows readers to “see it, tap it, and buy it.” Specific music playlists accompany each volume, providing the utmost in browsing enjoyment while reading past and present issues.
We will be sure to hold on to our print versions, as there is nothing quite so special as these pretty, high-gloss, mogul-sized copies of Estero; they are definitely a keeper and a treasured fashion relic in this internet-centric world.