Glass exclusive – backstage interview with designer Khalid Qasimi at LMFW

LOOKING like a construction sight in progress, the venue for Qasimi’s LMFW show was transformed into a modern and light showcase. The atmosphere was vibrant, with London’s fashion elite present. Journalists, stylists, influencers, and buyers had all come to watch the flourishing designer’s most comprehensive collection yet.

Khalid bin Sultan Al Qasimi, also known as just Khalid Qasimi, is the founder and Creative Director behind the British-based fashion label Qasimi. Having been named one of the top trending Arab designers of the moment, the UEA native, UK-raised Qasimi graduated both Central Saint Martins and The Architectural Association School of Architecture, London, before venturing into fashion design launching his label. The menswear brand describes itself as modern minimalistic, with political, social, and cultural undertones that whisper rather than shout. Designing collections sold at major fashion e-commerce sites such as Farfetch, Qasimi has been praised for his exquisite classic collections that gracefully explore the complex relationship between the Middle East and the West.

Glass Magazine went backstage to catch up with the designer after his Spring/Summer 19 fashion show and asked him about his collection, and his take on men’s fashion.

Qasimi InterviewThe designer Khalid bin Sultan Al Qasimi

What inspired you when designing this collection?
When working on this collection, I knew I wanted it to be a complete wardrobe, more extensive than previous seasons, with a wider array of styles. I designed pieces for every day, eveningwear, to beachwear.

Where do you see your brand going, what are you working towards?
We are really working towards expanding, becoming bigger and showcasing more. This season we presented our biggest collection to date. Women’s wear is something we are working on, and I would like to be featured in the upcoming seasons and shows.

Qasimi InterviewModels backstage at the Qasimi SS19 show


Is there any specific person you would like to dress in your designs?
There is no special person really. I love to see my clothes on anyone and everyone.

What is your best style advice to British men and your best advice to the Arabic man?
A style advice is a style advice, in my opinion; it applies to anyone, no matter where they are from, but if I were to give advice it would be: Don’t overdo it; don’t overthink it. Keep it simple, always.

Qasimi InterviewModel backstage at the Qasimi SS19 show

Qasimi InterviewModels backstage at the Qasimi SS19 show

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