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Oumlil

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LUXE PROTECTION

New York: Hisham Oumlil, originally from Casablanca, started out doing women’s couture in 2005 and quietly started doing menswear two seasons ago. The designer honed his skills on Savile Row and with stints at Loro Piana and Hermés,  so it’s no wonder he shows a deft hand at fusing traditional tailoring with modern lines and innovative fabrics. Oumlil’s habit of incorporating intriguing mixed materials with a stone cold color palette has gotten the attention of some top buyers and editors as of late. This season the designer was inspired by Blade Runner, but in Oumlil’s hands the future looked both luxurious and sophisticated. Shielded eyewear was styled with a leather tab-closure vest, and an asymmetrical overcoat had a nylon quilted lapel. There were lots of pieced fabrics and lustrous suitings, with bits of leather lending the collection a slightly tough, urban-protection feel.

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