Qasimi, named for designer Khalid Al Qasimi, actually began as a designer for womenswear, and then switched over to making menswear. He debuted his first menswear line at Paris Menswear Week in 2009 and womenswear has been on hold ever since. His collections are now a permanent fixture at Paris Menswear Week every spring and fall.

Al Qasimi was born in United Arab Emirates but then moved to the United Kingdom at age 9. His multicultural background and upbringing led him to base his designs on architecture, art, and even socio-politcal issues.

His designs are dramatic and streamlined, and his recent collection featured leather and shearling fabrics. Volume also plays a big part in Qaisimi´s designs and he usually throws a bright color into his spring collections.

Now his clothes are available in various countries around the world, for example, Russia, China, and South Korea to name a few.

You can view more of his most recent collections and find more information at the Oasimi website or follow him on Twitter or Facebook.

These three looks are from his Fall 2013 collection and runway show.

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These next two looks are from his current spring collection runway show.

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Photos from designer´s the Website and Facebook page.

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Spy Henry Lau

Henry Lau is one of Hong Kong´s most popular up and coming designers. His shops, entitled ¨Spy Henry Lau¨ are popping up all over China and his clothes are described as ¨casual street style with sophistication¨.  Lau´s mission is to make the average person feel and look beautiful and trendy with his clothes.

The designs do err on the edge of trendy. Lau likes to take a classic look and add twist to it by using modern fabrics and cool patterns and cuts. For example, below you can see his take on the classic blazer. Shiny fabrics, interesting cuts, and pocket patterns spice up an otherwise traditional look.

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Lau has showed at many international fashion weeks and has also designed for a number of celebrities and performers, such as Hacken Lee, Denise Ho, Leslie Cheung and the late Anita Mui. He has even collaborated with international brands such as DeBeers Diamonds, Nokia and Motorola.

His designs have walked runways at Hong Kong Fashion Week, Australian Fashion Week and Bejiing Fashion Week.

The first Spy Henry Lau shop was opened in 1996 in Hong Kong. Today, shops in Kuwait, Sydney and Dubai now sell his collections and he has a huge store in Bejiing, among several others. The boutiques have both menswear and womenswear.

For more information, or to shop online visit the Spy Henry Lau Website.

Images from the Henry Lau Facebook Page

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Toby by Hatem Alakeel is a collection that combines cultures and breaks barriers. It embodies harmony between the traditional and the modern.

¨Toby¨ meaning ¨My Thobe¨ in Arabic, is basically a long floorlength traditional robe. Alakeel explains ¨The name is a symbolic metaphor for unrivaled personal individuality.¨ The Toby collection presents these traditional, cultural robes, but in a contemporary way by using details and accents to make them fun, trendy and modern.

Toby by Hatem Alakeel starts with the Classic Collection, which offers traditional cuts and lines. Alakeel has also created collections for juniors and children, and even designs items which are not exactly robes, but present a similar vibe and style. For example, a dress shirt that emodies the traditional thobe look. Additionally, Toby offers the Sporty Collection, the Trend Collection, the Bohemian Collection, each one following the vision of their given title.

The line has a strong international appeal, and this thobe was even worn by Snoop Doggy Dog during his Dubai concert.

Snoop Dogg in a Toby by Hatem Alakeel

The designer, Hatem Alakeel, has been named a design genius, often called the Middle Eastern Tom Ford. He was raised between Saudi Arabia, the United States and Europe, giving him a very international design aesthetic and allowing him to work with designers around the world.

You can read more on the Toby by Hatem Alakeel website or visit the Toby Facebook Page or Twitter page.

All images from the Toby by Hatem Alakeel Facebook page.

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