Last Sunday, Nawed Elias presented his first collection 'Culture Clash'. In this collection Nawed brings to worlds together; The West and Afghanistan. Afghanistan is not a country that is directly associated with fashion and creativity. Nonetheless, this worls of extremes is an inspiration for Nawed. And this shown in the collection. Picture by : Najim El Ouahabi
Honestly, I didn't know what to expect of this collection, and I was surprised in a good way! I think it's hard to create such a big collection with this source of inspiration. But for Nawed this isn't an issue at all. He uses heavy fabrics but also a lot of color. I liked the combination of Western and Afghan design. I also liked the fact that there were some pieces in wich both cultures came together. During the finale we are surprised with a bride. Nothing traditional; a male model struts his stuff on very high heels. After this, Nawed accompanies his bride on the catwalk, wearing one of his own designs.
I think this was a good debut for Nawed Elias. Personally, I liked the scarfs and capes the best. And OFCORSE the red coat in the end; gorgeous! For meer information about his collection and backround visit Nawed Elias' website.
Pictures by : Najim El Ouahabi