Last week at the Shangri-La Toronto, Canadian Design House Whitney Linen introduced a limited-edition collection of wraps designed by famed model, Yasmin Warsame. Inspired by her homeland of Somalia, Yasmin wanted to create designs that offer a glimpse into the various beauties of her country. Appropriately called Somali Hido, the name translates to Somali culture, tradition, and lifestyle.
“I wanted to work with Whitney Linen to design something that reflects the passion I have for my homeland. We have taken beautiful Somali designs and imagery and put them onto a wearable canvas. By creating a collection of linen wraps in varying shapes and dimensions, the wearer is offered endless possibilities. The colour choices reflect both the shades of the terrain and the vibrant hues that make up daily Somali life.” said Yasmin.
It should also be noted that 20% of the profits from the Somali Hido Collection will benefit The African Future: a charitable organization established in 2007 that works with local and international NGOs to support African youth and improve the quality of health and educational institutions.
The evening was a star-studded event, bringing out Toronto fashionistas, VIPs, and socialites alike — all admiring the beautiful designs while enjoying wine and hors d’oeuvres.
Images by Mauricio Calero
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