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Qasimi Spring/Summer 2016 Menswear

June 24, 2015

FashionSS16 | by Mikael Jack

After a short hiatus, Khalid Al Qasimi looked to his eponymous brand’s DNA for the SS16 relaunch and was inspired by minimal architecture and both military and traditional Middle Eastern costume for his menswear collection. A move on from past-seasons’ influence of boys in a man’s world, he still stuck to conflicting ideas but this time he has grown and instead focused on history, architecture and political issues – all a result of his eclectic education that saw him take in all three before starting his Central Saint Martin’s fashion course.

The minimal collection combines the themes of architecture with stark plainness of fabrics and military through its use of olive green and sand tones and utilitarian use of pockets. Lightweight cotton tailoring is soft and relaxed, as are the car coats and the shirts – longline and loose with subtle detailing to emphasise the diverse influences.

Bomber jackets with plackets and pyjama stripes – black and blue in shorts and bombers or white and sand which is seen in tailoring and shirts – add interest and also tie it in with the functionality and trends seen on the LCM SS16 runways. Petrol blues and black are juxtaposed by the washed out blush pinks, yellows and white seen in the elongated shirts as well as pleated Bermuda shorts.

Counter-seasons are the bugbear of today’s designers but essential to be commercially viable in today’s international market – there is a reason Burberry’s SS16 man was ready for all seasons – and the wool coats, knitwear and black tailoring make this a well-rounded and surely successful outing for the London-based designer.

Mikael Jack – Fashion Features Editor