Modern day nomad is explored in AW18 collection by the Middle Eastern-born designer Khalid Qasimi, presented at London Fashion Week Mens. The collection tells a story of adventure and exploring while merging cultures, customs and tradition across an urban landscape. Qasimi’s interpretation is translated through an exploration of the evolution of checked patterns, an essential element carried throughout the collection.
The idea of the urban nomad, a man who carries his wardrobe with him – is being explored through layers, soft silhouettes and colours such as copper brown, mink, khaki, electric yellow, pine, slate and burgundy. Contrast of oversized and cropped form the seasons silhouette – chunky knitwear, voluminous trousers, oversized coats and one of the most interesting elements of the season- the cropped jackets.
The focus is on two families of the checked pattern – gingham and madras, playing with the scale to create a form of visual texture. Found in Nepal and Bhutan, India and Africa, in the Middle East and Europe, across the States and Latin America – they are a global phenomenon. Fabrics are thick gauge cashmere knits, double-faced woven wool check and heavy cotton, all adding to the comfort look and feel of the collection.