Ahead of streaming its Qasimi Fall 2019 menswear London Fashion Week show, the label took its social media followers through a flashback of stories tallying up its successes over the past year. Having now obtained multiple international media coverage and stocked at high end points of sale, including Harvey Nichols Dubai and Harrods, the label founded by Sharjah-born Sheikh Khalid Al Qasimi, has undoubtedly thrived.
Staged in a utilitarian space at the St Collins Music Hall in London, the Qasimi Fall 2019 collection showcased a silhouette that took a somewhat menacing turn. Oversized shirts falling mid-thigh gave the impression of supersized masculinity while army and burgundy colors accented with yellow added to the sense of danger. This was further compounded with sketches of man and wildcat drawn on shirts. The press release offered that the silhouette was to be interpreted as a means for protection, with Al Qasimi telling Vogue Arabia, “The oversized shirts evolved from last season as a layering garment, now in denim for fall/winter.” Certainly, the gleaming padded jackets layered with overcoats offered this cozy effect.
A politically “woke” designer, Al Qasimi has often looked outward at global unrest as a founding principle for his clothes. The modular details from the Fall 19 collection—zippers, pockets, and bum bags strapped around the waist—reference the needs of the modern nomad who is traveling west during the cooler months rather than take refuge in the designer’s undeniably peaceful and sun-filled home country. Bearing utopian news, perhaps.