The Zebra Collection: The Art of Balance and Blending Opposites
My latest men’s collection juxtaposes sportswear chic with the polished elegance of Hatem Alakeel shirts.
My main goal in this collection was to prove that my shirts can look just as polished and relevant worn with training pants or with a smart jacket.
Fashion today is more about individual style than it is about trends and being tied down to the obvious. But whatever the style is, fashion must always have an element of surprise and versatility.
For example, the Kimono shirts in this collection have adjustable collars that can switch the shirt from formal to casual, which makes them a must-have from my ready-to-wear collection.
To make the collection more easy and fun to wear I used pinstripes light cotton fabrics which give each look that extra polished, yet contemporary flair. But the biggest element of surprise comes from the arabic caligraphy in the shape of a zebra which adorns some of the pieces.
Zebras are symbols of community, freedom, balance, and individualism.
Zebras have a very tight-knit and intimate social structure. They stick to the herd and prefer to clump in familiar groups for shelter and protection.They also develop a profound sense of solidarity in numbers. Moreover, zebras are unable to sleep unless a herd member is awake and standing guard. They know their best chance of survival is when they stick together. All of these characteristics symbolize community, safety, society, and family.
Among many other things, zebras symbolism denotes that things are not as cut and dry as black or white, right or wrong. Everything in this world must have a balance. Every aspect of life requires balance.
Zebra stripes signify that balance… for me, they also signify a deeper spiritual meaning, through the art of blending opposites… just like yin and yang. The dual aspect of opposites brings clarity to see things in new levels of truth. In a nutshell, Zebras to me import a deep wisdom to those who consider the world as black or white.
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