Backstage at Qasimi Homme Spring 2013

Sunday July 1st, 2012 – L’Odeon

Qasimi has become the rebel with a cause; for the past few seasons he’s played with the idea of military-wear going as far back as his previous Arab Spring inspired collection. This time, the battle hits closer to home, taking the cultish following of urban gang, street-wear and refining into a luxurious collection that can only be accomplished with a tailors touch.

A single-button wool suit jacket over a clean, white poplin shirt paired with cotton drill shorts (the same material used in British army khaki shorts) was the first look to march onto the runway. Blacks progressed into overalls, a parka, shirts and a shin-length trousers. The designer dabbled with oceanic themes; jacquard weave prints that had an almost coral-like texture added depth to cobalt blue suits, fluo orange shorts, buttonless oversized tees, and pale pink zippered jackets. A tsunami print in stone grey and sky blue was splashed onto a two-piece suit number.

Paisley prints also stood out as a recurring theme, appearing in ocean blue or sand, terra cotta tone shirts, shorts and ascots. Suede softened otherwise rigid trench coats and sweaters. Poplin, used by the US army in camouflage headgear, manifested itself in biscuit colored parkas, shortened overcoats, and on a fluo-orange bomber. A ‘unicorn crescendo’ print, which appeared almost like waves of light peering through the ocean surface, electrified overalls, jackets and shorts. An equally galvanizing ‘wiggle’ print in blues, reds, and yellows gave an abstract and accentuating detail to swim trunks, shirts and jackets.

The war against the mundaneness that often afflicts menswear is not an easy one to wage but Qasimi’s foray into the field has shown his ability to win the battle for our spring-summer wardrobe picks.

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Style by Anders Sølvsten Thomsen

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