London-based designer Imran Malik has steadily been earning a reputation for exciting, gender fluid clothing over the past two seasons; playing with volumes and making extensive use of modern fabrics like neoprene and mesh, Malik’s brand, Farida, have stepped things up this season with a 23 piece Duality collection full of innovative cuts and new perspectives. That could mean the return of Farida touchstones like dropped shoulders and slouchy crew necks, as well as fresh additions including maxi rollnecks or vast, quilted overcoats that cocoon the wearer in their draped folds. Then there are details like vast pockets or zipped shoulders, adding unexpected accents and an engineered vibe.
Colour comes courtesy of punchy, high saturation blues and greens, and luxury by way of silks and cashmere – which exist alongside those more utilitarian Gore Tex pieces. Essentially it’s all about personal experimentation and proportion-play. Or, as Malik remarks, “being a gender neutral line, the concept of Duality made even more sense since we are creating garments for both the male and female form…I am fascinated by oppositions between two concepts, and how it can be interpreted differently by each individual.” Sounds perfect to us.