The Bahrain-born, London-based Hind Matar has become the latest Middle Eastern name to garner critical acclaim, following the latest instalment of London Fashion Week.
Matar’s origami-meets-floral collection was presented at Somerset House, where a mere 130 upand-coming designers were invited to exhibit as part of London Fashion Week’s Emerging Talents section.
Matar was an economics student at the University of Virginia before radically changing careers and attending London’s Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design.
You can take the girl out of the Middle East, but Matar remains close to her Bahraini upbringing, citing her use of bold colours and embroidery as a means of staying close to her roots. Matar’s spring/summer 2014 collection blends structure and femininity, combining glossy silver and green florals with dramatic pleats and cut-out details. Her sharply tailored cropped trousers and elegantly folded crop tops are almost sculpturelike, and come in delicate shades of lavender, peach and metallic green.