Reemami‘s Fashion Prize winning Spring 2017 ready-to-wear collection showcased a whimsical take on dreams. Not the nirvana of the ever after per se, rather the glory found at times of perilous journeys and battles to the top. This was shown with hand-drawn jagged mountain cliffs, starry skies, and crescent moons, with pieces soon being snapped up by Bella Hadid and Kelly Rowland. One year later, the Dubai-based designer behind her burgeoning brand, Reema Al Banna, introduces “Wanderlust,” a 45-piece collection inspired by a train ride through Europe, where landscapes change in the blink of an eye from farmlands to sun-drenched meadows.
“I want to take the Reemami woman on the journey with me,” says Al Banna. Her vision translates to plaid separates and estival colors and prints, all balanced with denim and white and black accents throughout. Her forte for taking everyday objects and giving them pride of place via her hand-drawn illustrations is once again visible through wild flowers smattered on frocks or a row of little sheep serving to extend the line of the leg on high-waisted pants.
Meanwhile, buckle accoutrements seen throughout, but particularly smart on denim, are derived from the concept of safety, “buckling up when on the road,” says Al Banna. “But with a little bit of asymmetry and exaggeration,” she adds motioning that in reality, she is not afraid to rip up the rule book.
Al Banna herself is a striking woman, and not just for her statuesque features, but for her ability to harness both strength and fragility in her designs, a mirror of her own character. Intriguingly, as her hand becomes more assured, her voice maintains her characteristic vulnerability. This yin-yang balance is endearing and serves as a magnet for the eyes for those who don her clothes. Even more so when a woman of any size can slip on one of her playfully cut garments and more often than not, it is a perfect fit. Reemami.com
See the full Reemami Spring 2018 RTW collection here.