Zaid Affas, the British designer producing radical shapes combined with an urban touch is one to keep a close eye on and in the wardrobe. Another success story of a graduate from the illustrious Central Saint Martins.
After holding positions at labels that include Ports1961 and Ralph Lauren, he built a design name for himself via his presentation of unusual textures, throughout his collection; material, form, shape, construction are all re-invented . This can evidently be seen in his coats collection, his wool coats have the greatest evidence of shape, form and sculpture manipulation.
His emphasis lies in the layering of textures, sculpting garments and minimising the interference and distraction of colour, as such this has caught the attention of Priyanka Chopra,Tracee Ellis Ross, Kendall and Kylie Jenner, and Gigi Hadid, who have all worn Zaid Affas gowns.
Zaid Affas in Los Angeles.
Now based in the Los Angeles based he launched his eponymous Zaid Affas brand in 2014. Affas move to Los Angeles was an inspired one .
“I love and appreciate both natural and man made beauty, even more the mix of them together. Los Angeles definitely embodies both. The light, mountains, vegetation and the contrasting mixture of architecture, be it art deco, mid century, European retro, modern in Los Angeles are all so inspiring and freeing.”
And after living in multiple cities around the globe, his designed are self described ‘natural, organic shapes and urban engineering’. Zaid Affas is determined to redefine the image of modern luxury.
Zaid Affas won the 2017/18 international Woolmark prize USA womenswear regional final with a the design of a laminated wool coat worn over a blended wool gown.
So who does Affas design for?
In his words his woman is in equal parts ‘confident, professional, sophisticated, unique and the understated modern women.’
View more from Zaid Affas collection here