As the luxury streetwear trend reaches new heights in the fashion conscious, AKS evolves the urban look with a tailored twist. Launched in 2013 by Bahraini sisters Ameena and Asma Khaled Saif, the self-taught sibling duo reflect on French art deco – notably the architecture and urban landscaping of the period – as a starting point before dreaming up their collections. The sense of duality of the Saif sisters’ personal styles also make up the fabric of the brand’s ethos, in which tailored garments are infused with contemporary sensibilities.
For their Fall 2017 collection that was presented during Paris Fashion Week, the designers put a polish on their eclectic aesthetic. Case in point? The tangerine dress that features origami folds and a cascading sleeve, and the caramel one-sleeve top paired with a shin-grazing A-line skirt made complete with off-kilter waterfall ruffles. Their strongest pieces are those with snap-fastener buttons that dart down the side of a miniskirt, wide-leg pants, and an inky shift dress. But the real drama in the collection comes courtesy of the inflated puffer jackets in sand and teal.
In addition to their biannual offerings, the designers expand on their lineup with capsule collections that take form through abayas featuring the label’s use of wrapping, knotting, and layering details. “It’s definitely inspired by our main collections where we take the inspiration and implement it through a modest aesthetic,” the designers share with Vogue Arabia about their mid-seasonal creations. “We always try to keep our modest line in tune with our culture, only with a fashionable upgrade.”
Moving forward, the sisters are looking to expand their brand with a foray into menswear. We expect a jolt of the same urban attitude mixed with clean-cut edginess to sweep through the male counterpart of AKS.