Sadak designer Saša Kovačević channels a blend of digital and Islamic cultures through a hip-hop lens to make larger-than-life men’s wear. But his background in stage and now film costuming (check out his work in the next “Hunger Games” movie) means his shows are like nothing else in town.
For spring 2016, Kovačević offered a pastel mirage of flowing silks in curious shapes. In what must have been a first, there were backless burqas for men — which showed off his canvas-size digital prints of candy-colored scenes swiped from the Internet and manipulated. They also billowed as capes, cinched by white straps printed with the collection’s title, “Me + You = Error.” One-armed cashmere blazers, attached with a sort-of shoulder holster, were paired with culottes and slim-cut cropped pants, but without shirts. Also on show were lilac drop-crotch capris and Sadak’s signature oversize shirts matched with baggy shorts in prints as well as wearable yet eye-catching black and white.
The show closed with a royal touch: Prince Fahad bin Faisal al Saud, who funded the collection’s bespoke creeper-loafer shoes, walked the runway in a digitally printed long shirt, flowing coat, and ankle-length black trousers.