UAE leaders this morning paid tribute to Sheikh Khalid Al Qasimi, son of His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan Bin Mohammad Al Qasimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Sharjah, as he was laid to rest in the emirate.
While known to the world as a Crown Prince, to the fashion world he was also a talented designer and to the people who knew him on a personal note – he was a generous and dear soul.
Khalid was a true renaissance Arab man of the 21st century. The young designer read French and Spanish at University College of London, was a graduate of the Association School of Architecture and won a place at Central Saint Martin’s BA Womenswear course in London.
Embedding the idea of an urban nomad in his eponymous label, Qasimi, his aesthetic was built upon many pillars. Through rigid silhouettes, dense linings and power looks, his architectural influences manifested. Refined, rugged and rarefied, he employed subtle indications of activism and homage to his Middle Eastern roots through military and messaging. All of his elements and palettes had truly highlighted the multifaceted and forward-thinking visionary that he was.
He delicately used his collections as an open dialogue to express views and offer a voice of solidarity to those who needed it, taking us into a utopian future of hope with hints of Mel Odom – infused romanticism and poetry. Even though he may no longer be with us, his legacy will live on. Our deepest condolences go out to his family and all of those who loved him dearly.