It goes a little something like this: you and your girlfriends go out for brunch to recap the weekend and once your order arrives, you snap an Instagram-worthy aerial shot of your egg to earn a double tap on social media. For Resort 2016, designer Reema Al Banna has somewhat followed the same track. With this collection, the founder of Reemami explored the iconography of food from a bird’s-eye view and its role across social media. The award-winning ready-to-wear designer is known to use quirky prints while keeping her lines modern and clean with no-fuss architectural shapes, as seen in her boxing-inspired Spring 2015 collection.
Hand-drawn illustrations of fried eggs, coffee, and chopped onions are featured on the signature asymmetric silhouettes, while square and rectangular cutouts and solid panels give this collection a sophisticated yet playful aesthetic.
The standout pieces include a midriff-baring white top that resembles a structured short sleeve jacket with both its sides joined by a black rectangular panel; a chopped onion print, asymmetric knee-length skirt with black panels inserted into slits; a suede (used for the first time) box-cut jacket with fried egg print; and a pink “coffee” midi skirt paired with a navy blue illustrated cut-out top.
Some of the ensembles are tricky, such as the maroon pants and top paired with the gray vest and reversed blazer, which would have been a winner minus the solid white patches. Overall, the collection offers strong separates and interesting graphics that make a statement.
—Nouriah Al Shatti