DUBAI | UAE – Qasimi presented its Fall/Winter 2020 runway show at London’s Truman Brewerly on Sunday, nearly six-months after the death of its founder and creative director, Khalid Al-Qasimi who passed away at the age of 39 in London in July 2019.
It was the final collection that the late fashion designer, who launched the eponymous label in 2015, designed and directed for the UAE-founded fashion label, mapping out the mood board and collection plan before his death last summer.
The offering was presented by the late designer’s twin sister, Hoor, who now spearheads the label – Though the collection was finished by Adam Rice, head of design at Qasimi since its launch, based on Khalid’s vision.
Featuring 35 men’s and women’s piece, the collection was a sartorial ode to the lade designer.
“Every sun has to set” and “Renewal, rebirth, immortality” were some of the phrases taken from the show notes and emblazoned on the collection’s lineup of hoodies, long-sleeved shirts and expertly-cut blazers. Tiny square bags toted by some of the models were provided by German bag designers Lutz Morris.
There was also PVC coats, velvet plum tuxedo, ultra-cozy sweatshirts emblazoned with Arabic text, puffer coats, shoulder-pated suits and plated suits and pleated trousers, which made up the collection.
After a model wearing an oversized white button-down with text “To Rise Again” inscribed on the back closed the show, an emotional Hoor Al-Qasimi came out to take the final bow, unable to hold back her tears.