20 February 2018

KHYELI AW18

KHYELI AW18

A tall ceiling and a crystal chandelier float above the private salon in Cavendish Square, where we enter a scene reminscent of a late 18th century soirée. Along the sides of the room, young women in sweeping and voluminous gowns serve the new arrivals with soft eyes and an appreciable air of grace. I feel underdressed and dishevelled by comparison, especially after a long day of fashion weeking. I return to quietly sipping my flute of champagne.

The new KHYELI collection by Ahmed Alkhyeli is the epitome of elegance. A minimalist colour palette may elude that the ensembles are simple in their design, however a closer look reveals evidence of the designer's previous architectural education. A clear sense of structure can be seen throughout the collection, and yet the silhouettes remain soft and feminine.

In the corner of the room, a single woman in a regal gown of red, white and blue overlooks the party from a high perch, as might a queen, albeit with a flag mast in hand, she could have been plucked from the riots of the French Revolution. This one outfit, above the others, truly cements Alkhyeli's desire to express a woman's femininity alongside her strength and success.

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