Suhad Shtayyeh
Amman, April 9, 2016
by Suhad Shtayyeh

Bashar Assaf Fall ’16

Lebanese born Bashar Assaf had the body on his mind for his latest offering. An inspiring collection of urban chic, for both men and women. Presented under the umbrella of Starch Foundation, shown firstly at Tranoï in Paris, then Fashion Forward in Dubai.

Focusing on the skin primarily, Bashar presented a minimalist’s dream, modern pieces rich with texture and details. Void of excess. And that’s what Bashar really allows us to do, dream. His forward-thinking urban aesthetic seldom tapped in the region.

What appears almost casual on the runway is in fact a difficult task, the threat of appearing forced and contrived always lurking around the corner. The design hand needs to be light, yet able to manipulate the fabric in ways that create enough interest.

The opening look, a faintly pinstriped putty-colored shift dress with matching coat are cut to perfection, the beauty of the ensemble in the hidden details. How the dress skims the body so sensually, the shoulders of the coat providing the perfect balance of structure and softness.

All too aware of modern Arab desire for luxury, he provides sensual fabrics and refined details. Case in point the body defining stitching on the modern flare-sleeved coat dress with it’s geometric neckline in a toasted almond shade. Without compromising sophistication, he transports us to the streets of Brooklyn and modern Arabia.


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