In conversation with fashion designer Furne One,

In conversation with fashion designer Furne One,

The designer behind Amato Couture, has a keen eye for style

Published: Fri 27 Apr 2018, 12:00 AM

Last updated: Fri 27 Apr 2018, 2:00 AM

The number one item on your wish list.
I'm not really a materialistic person. I guess all I really wish for now is good health. It's the most important thing any person can have.
How would you define your fashion style?
Personally, my style is very simple, clean and classic. For my creations, I aim to create dresses that are dramatic and opulent.
The biggest learning point or experience in your life to date.
I was an apprentice for Josie Natori in New York. I was out partying the night before and as a result, arrived late for an important meeting with clients. That's when Josie told me to always take responsibility for my actions. It made me take things seriously when it comes to work.
One celebrity you've always wanted to dress and why?
Cate Blanchett. She really is the ideal Amato woman. She has style and substance. Cate dares to wear anything out of the ordinary but always looks elegant and graceful. She isn't afraid to look different from the other celebrities which makes her an exquisite muse.
What advice would you give your younger self, if you could?
Keep doing what you're doing. I would tell myself to pursue what I'm most passionate about, and that all the hard work would be worth it.
What would you say is the best moment in your career so far?
Back when it all started - the moment when I won a major fashion design competition in the Philippines. Designer Josei Natori took me under her wing and brought me to Paris and New York to work as her apprentice. After that, I moved to Dubai... and the rest is history.
If you could move to any place in the world, what place would that be?
Somewhere in Scandinavia. I love the cold, so I prefer settling somewhere cold, where the winters are magical.
Your favourite fictional character of all time - and why.
Alice from Lewis Carroll's book Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. She's a curious, brave little girl who falls down on a rabbit hole and embarks on an adventure in wonderland. The tale has a dark, whimsical fantasy element which I absolutely love.
The best thing you've ever bought yourself and why?
My new house. It feels really rewarding to know that all your hard work has paid off - also, I love interior decorating!
If you could have your pick of superpowers, what would you choose?
I'd like to have the power of flight and invisibility. At the same time, of course!
- Staff Reporter

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