At the heart of its collections, Qasimi intermingles fashion with social commentary and the political landscape – the brand’s Spring/Summer 2017 collection was no exception. Drawing on the brand’s Middle Eastern roots, the creations of the show were inspired by the Persian Gulf War of the 1990s witnessed through the innocent lens of a young child. Head designer Khalid al Qasimi pointed to the heart of the concept that drove his stylistic choices, stating that his designs serve to convey a “child trying to grow up by wearing his father’s clothes.” With a subdued color palette that incorporated soft browns, navy blue and hints of gentle orange, the collection featured a diverse range of clothing. Models donned oversized silhouettes, box jackets paired with crepe shorts, lightweight shirts on top of relaxed trousers and draped layers of different fabrics. The aesthetic of the fashion contrasted with the runway setting – a dystopian desert made from the futuristic metal platform – to serve the concept of the show.