Qasimi

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Khalid Qasimi’s no­mad packed up his tent and con­tin­ued to wan­der — and what a jour­ney it was. Filled with chunky V-neck sweaters, roomy lay­ers and laid­back, tai­lored sep­a­rates, the col­lec­tion was a re­fresh­ing al­ter­na­tive to the glut of streetwear on so many Euro­pean cat­walks.

Qasimi has al­ways been a ro­man­tic, look­ing to his­tory and hu­man re­la­tion­ships for his bo­hemian- edged col­lec­tions: This sea­son his washed ikat prints on boxy shirts were in­spired by maps and mark­ers in­side old ar­chae­o­log­i­cal guides while heart­break­ing slo­gans, such as “We are so dif­fer­ent now,” ap­peared on shirts or the edges of jack­ets.

The de­signer likes to re­fer to his col­lec­tions as “a broad range of wardrobe sta­ples for the con­stant trav­eler,” but they are so much more. Col­ored, wo­ven ties — like bracelets sold on Eu­rope’s street cor­ners and beaches — ap­peared as draw­strings on over­size hoodie tops, fluid, track­suit-style trousers, or as skinny belts cinch­ing the back of loose navy or khaki tai­lored jack­ets.

The de­signer worked heavy, washed denim into over­size trousers with lowslung waists, and plied an equally hefty work­wear cot­ton fab­ric into patch­work trousers and bombers in shades like corn­flower, but­ter­cup, olive and stone. Those colors came from a big­ger palette that also took in bur­gundy, bright or­ange and navy.

Qasimi’s knits were divine: striped V-neck num­bers with gen­tly rounded sleeves and dropped shoul­ders, made for nights when the desert tem­per­a­tures fall and it’s time for a fire. Whether he’s de­sign­ing for hot or cold weather, his col­lec­tion proved that streetwear and snappy tai­lor­ing can live in har­mony — and look mod­ern — no mat­ter the coun­try or the cli­mate. —

Qasimi

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