LFWM SS18 Review: Qasimi
By Tom Halford
'The movements of the nomadic Bedouin tribes of the Middle East were a key influence behind the collection, ‘Free Fall’.'
Shadows of the models walking behind the sand coloured parachute nylon built up anticipation for what Khalid Al'Qasimi had prepared for his SS18 collection. The models emerged from behind the sheet in sets of three, like explorers in their sandals. The movements of the nomadic Bedouin tribes of the Middle East were a key influence behind the collection, ‘Free Fall’. This Juxtaposed with modern military parachute fabrications, are all a part of Qasimi’s new future, reimagined from looking into the past.
Matching the desert backdrop, earth tone colours were worn in a number of billowing and fluid parachute silhouettes. Sienna, khaki and sand were striking, complemented by the pale blue mint stripe, overcast and white. Qasimi’s choice of lightweight nylons, cottons and linens meant details including pockets in jackets were exaggerated, adding to the looseness of the silhouettes. Double ended zips added more versatility to how the draped jackets could be worn.
Slim tapered trousers and jackets added more formality to a collection mainly consisting of oversized tops, shorts, and Wide pleated trousers. Accessories included military style duffle bags worn across the body, suitable for holding supplies needed by travellers trekking across sun beaten terrains.