LFW – Nabil Nayal SS19

Something old and something new….

The well-known bridal rhyme takes on a new meaning in Nabil Nayal’s Spring-Summer 2019 Collection.



Nabil Nayal is a Syrian-born designer who is unafraid to challenge conventions. Historical study and research mixed with contemporary techniques and late technologies have encouraged exceptional designs that transcend time. Nabil brings a new perspective to the idea of historic dress.




Nabil is a designer of “firsts”. He was the first designer to use 3-D printing in his garments in 2010 and this year, he became the first designer to host his presentation at the British Library on the official London Fashion Week schedule. A perfectly proper setting for the presentation, being that the archives available in the Library inspired the entire collection.




Research for the collection began with Queen Elizabeth I’s Tilbury Speech, which was spoken to the British Troops preceding the threat of invasion by the Spanish Armada in 1588. The manuscript of the speech literally became a part of the collection. Quotes from the manuscript were transcribed on the model’s bodies. The print textiles include reprints of documents belonging to Henry VIII and digitized images of Queen Elizabeth’s funeral procession.




We spoke with Nabil about the thoughtfulness that goes into his designs and he explained to us his definition of great craftsmanship.

“I think it’s about having a respect for the process whether that means utilizing historically accurate craftsmanship techniques or cutting edge technologies. I enjoy the disruption that occurs in the creative process when the two meet and believe it leads to exciting new creative outcomes.”

Nabil’s open-minded approach is exhibited in his carefully crafted garments. His consideration of every design is shown in the pairing of complex details with classic silhouettes. Dramatic cape-like shapes are softened by modest color choices: ivory, black, and natural champagne. Ruffles and pleats have no limitations and are placed on necklines, bodices, sleeves, and cuffs.

“I design for individuals who are bold and not afraid to challenge conventions.”




Nabil Nayal’s SS19 collection tells a story of a woman unafraid to be strong and powerful. The collection reimagines classic concepts by blending a touch of royalty with traces of edge. This is a collection to inspire a bride who wants convention with a touch of avant-gardism. Brides and bridesmaids could consider opting for a knee-length dress, a cape jacket, or even a pair of wide leg trousers, but can still keep it traditional by limiting colors to ivory, white, or creamy nude tones. This is the new classic.





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