Beirut-based brand Harithand by ESMOD-trained designer Harith Hashim first launched in 2012 with an impassioned exposé on the orchid. A few years in and Hashim’s blossom-inspired signature—which remains instantly recognizable—presents a sophisticated update. This Fall 2016 collection highlights nipped waists via voluminous skirts and capacious culottes with statement details. Rich silk and satin fabrics in poppy red, blush pink, burnt copper, and deep aubergine are neatly cut and folded into organic silhouettes, while a shaggy composition in a blend of warm golden tones is used to add texture and depth to an elegant coat and dress.
It’s not an easy task to give classic separates and dresses a contemporary update while still respecting the codes of elegant dressing. But Hashim made floor-grazing tulle relevant with loose short sleeves boasting wide up-turned hems; A-line cloak coats with delicate ruffles made for feminine outerwear options; and slouchy knits shrugged and hugged the body, and served to add to the cozy, relaxed mood of this collection. Indeed, one could easily picture the chic Amal Clooney in many of these effortless looks. This Fall 2016 collection will be coveted by modern-day élégantes in search of a new, strong signature that will not overwhelm, nor quickly fall out of trend; and it has landed Hashim firmly on our one-to-watch list.
See all the photos from the Harithand Fall 2016 collection here.