The Qasimi Fall 2020 show was a tribute to the late designer

The late designer's twin sister Hoor Al-Qasimi was unable to hold back her tears. Instagram
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Updated 07 January 2020

The Qasimi Fall 2020 show was a tribute to the late designer

  • Qasimi presented its Fall 2020 runway show in London this week
  • It was the final collection that the late Khalid Al-Qasimi designed and directed for the label

DUBAI: Qasimi presented its Fall 2020 runway show at London’s Truman Brewery on Sunday, nearly six-months after the death of its founder and creative director, Khalid Al-Qasimi who passed away at the age of 39 in London in July 2019.

It was the final collection that the late fashion designer, who launched the eponymous label in 2015, designed and directed for the UAE-founded fashion label, mapping out the mood board and collection plan before his death last summer. 

The offering was presented by the late designer’s twin sister, Hoor, who now spearheads the label—Though the collection was finished by Adam Rice, head of design at Qasimi since its launch, based on Khalid’s vision.

Featuring 35 men’s and women’s pieces, the collection was a sartorial ode to the late designer.




Qasimi Fall 2020 RTW. Supplied

“Every sun has to set” and “Renewal, rebirth, immortality” were some of the phrases taken from the show notes and emblazoned on the collection’s lineup of hoodies, long-sleeved shirts and expertly-cut blazers. Tiny square bags toted by some of the models were provided by German bag designer Lutz Morris.

There was also PVC coats, velvet plum tuxedos, ultra-cozy sweatshirts emblazoned with Arabic text, puffer coats, shoulder-plated suits and pleated trousers, which made up the collection.

 After a model wearing an oversized white button-down with text “To Rise Again” inscribed on the back closed the show, an emotional Hoor Al-Qasimi came out to take the final bow, unable to hold back her tears.


Arab designs add flair to the SAGs red carpet

Jennifer Lopez was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress award for her role in “Hustlers.” (AFP)
Updated 20 January 2020

Arab designs add flair to the SAGs red carpet

DUBAI: Arab designers took over the red carpet at Sunday’s Screen Actors Guild Awards, with the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Yvonne Strahovski and Sian Clifford showing off looks from the Middle East.

Singer and actress Lopez, who was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress award for her role in “Hustlers,” showed off a sleek black number by Lebanese designer Georges Hobeika, complete with an off-the-shoulder neckline and thigh-high slit. The column gown featured a floor-grazing train and the star accessorized the look with sparkling diamonds and a chic up-do with fronds of hair framing her face.

Meanwhile, Australian actress Strahovski opted for an all-white look by London-based Emirati label Khyeli.

Jennifer Lopez showed off a sleek black number by Lebanese designer Georges Hobeika. (AFP)

Helmed by designer Ahmed Khyeli, the fashion house dressed Strahovski in an ethereal column gown from its Spring/Summer 2020 collection.

The look featured a peek-a-boo cutout on the bodice, along with elegant off-the-shoulder sleeves that ended just above the elbows.

British stage and TV actress Clifford chose to show off a dramatic burgundy velvet pantsuit, complete with a plunging neckline and gold detailing on the jet black lapels. The glamorous evening look came courtesy of Lebanese couturier Zuhair Murad.

Yvonne Strahovski opted for an all-white look by London-based Emirati label Khyeli. (AFP)

The leading ladies were all in attendance when South Korean film “Parasite” shocked the Screen Actors Guild Awards by landing the night’s top prize, a historic win which thrusts the black comedy into Oscars contention.

The critical smash hit film overcame the language barrier to win outstanding performance by a cast in a motion picture, the SAG equivalent of a best film Academy Award, AFP reported.

“I’m a little embarrassed feeling like we’re the parasites of Hollywood now,” joked actor Lee Sun-Kyun.

Director Bong Joon-Ho admitted that “it is true that the momentum is building” for the Oscars.

Sian Clifford chose to show off a dramatic burgundy velvet pantsuit. (AFP)

The film, which merges comedy, drama and horror genres, follows a poor family as it infiltrates a wealthier household, and tackles the widening class gulf.

“Although the title is ‘Parasite,’ I think the film is about coexistence and how we can all live together,” said star Song Kang-ho, collecting the award.

The much-hyped movie had missed out on main prizes at the Golden Globes and Saturday’s Producers Guild Awards.

But Sunday’s win underlines the breakout movie’s extraordinary popularity in Hollywood.

It beat “Bombshell,” “The Irishman,” “Jojo Rabbit” and “Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood” at the star-studded ceremony in Los Angeles.