London Fashion Week S/S 2010 - Qasimi
I'd already seen a lot of Qasimi's collection in flat-pack format, so to speak, when I visited their studio a few weeks back: but backstage today at the Old Sorting Office, the whole vision really blew me away. Models, stylists & even the most hardened photographers were busy ooh-ing and aah-ing over the amazing jewelled jackets, amber-streaked leggings and kaleidoscopic prints, while Scott Wilson's chunkily geometric rose and gold neckpieces were mobbed as soon as they arrived!
There was a strong sense of balance and purity underneath all the bling - gilded eyelids were offset with understated lips and casually tousled hair, and the Byzantine upper-body armour gave way to swooning cascades of chiffon below.
Front of house, the runway lights brought everything to dazzling life - the Jackson-inspired encrusted jackets, the artful blend of geometric patterns and details, intense splashes of colour and powerfully sculpted shoulder details. For me, the golden-hued printed dresses were the absolute highlight - abstracted landscapes minutely pleated into a shape that managed to be bold, sexy and gently romantic all at once.
Posted by John Michael O'Sullivan