After taking a two season hiatus, Saudi designer Reem Al Kanhal is back with a new, more accessible sub-line “Reem by ReemAlkanhal.” The designer intends to continue collaborating with regional artists and keeping her brand as made-in-the-Middle-East as possible. Al Kanhal, who counts style influencer Leandra Medine of The Man Repeller among her clients, says: “The inspiration behind this line is the busy woman. The one who works and is a mom, who enjoys going out with friends, and wants to look great effortlessly. The clothes in this line are easy to mix and match, and can be dressed up or down.” Featuring tassel coats and karate pants, the on-trend collection includes “affordable pieces you want to have in your closet no matter the season.” The designs from her debut sub collection mirror the aesthetic from her main line, such as asymmetric cuts and statement sleeves. Exaggerated pleat accents, vents on neutral-colored separates and a pink pinstriped pant and skirt train brings all the flair of RK.
The designer, who launched her main line in 2010, first took the regional industry by storm with her flowing high-low shirt dresses and witty blend of textures that referenced Bedouin style. Her tightly edited collections featured asymmetrical volumes that forecast today’s current trends and won the award for Best Female Designer at the KSA Arab Woman Awards, under the patronage of HRH Princess Reema Bint Bandar Al Saud, in May 2015. That same year, she was chosen by the late Franca Sozzani to participate in the Vogue Fashion Dubai Experience to present her Tunisia-inspired Spring collection. Al Kanhal was also chosen as an International Woolmark Prize finalist for the Middle East in 2016.
Regional designers take mommy-and-me dressing to stylish new heights