This poignant presentation looked at The Gulf War through the eyes of a young boy. The backdrop was a film by Francis Wallis that mixed news footage with images shot underwater.
“We always cover political issues, and this season I wanted to look at loss of innocence and a child’s view on what occupation was all about,” said designer Khalid Al Qasimi, who was nine years old in 1990 when Iraq invaded Kuwait.
His oversized silhouettes were meant to evoke the idea of “a child trying to grow up by wearing his father’s clothes,” and such references were executed with subtlety. The whole collection felt fresh and contemporary.
Layered, monochromatic looks came in shades ranging from putty to mint. And there were more zesty shots of color, as in an orange bomber jacket worn with wide-leg trousers and a loose, lightweight shirt.
Fabrics including crinkle linen viscose and technical seersucker looked light and watery, while a collarless coat came in whisper-thin suede. Open-toe scuba boots resembled diving shoes.