Wednesday, July 22, 2015

OSMAN // Fall 2015 //

Osman Yousefzada’s Fall 2015 collection was an experiment of sorts. The London-based designer restricted his colour palette to three hues. Red, white and black. The purpose: to let the texture do all the talking. With a muted palette, the show gave Yousefzada a chance to work with textures that may have not been cohesive with his aesthetic, had he not limited himself to the use of black, white and red. Commercially, retailers are probably smiling widely being able to offer their customers basic-hued, eclectic staples that will last forever. 

The show was held at the Topshop Show Space at the Tate Britain in Millbank. The models had a lengthy catwalk to conquer and it was lined with fashion editors, bloggers and stylists. “It’s an amazing space and I’m very excited to be here showing my new collection,” the designer told Topshop’s YouTube channel. The OSMAN woman is an urban woman who is transported to places far and wide because of her clothes.

Look 7 was a pleated skirt, worn with a marble printed jacket with fur accents. Sheepskin-accented point toe boots accompanied the look. Look 9 was a mesmerising long-sleeve gown shimmering with crystal embellishments and a neck tie. This look has yet to make it to a red carpet and I feel betrayed by the world’s stylists. This is the most stunning gown from the RTW season. In the red section a fur cape-style coat with two big buttons was styled with flared. cropped trousers. Another look that stood out was an eyeleted turtleneck with lantern sleeves that was paired with a printed skirt. Look 38 was a red turtleneck sweater, enriched by the silk skirt it was worn with. When the black looks came down the runway, things took a sinister turn. The clothes were as menacing as they promised. The black eyeleted lace top styled with a patent skirt was fit for a villain. A stylish, OSMAN-clad villain. 

Like Barbara Casasola, Yousefzada is a designer who hadn’t shown on Manic Monday. Previously, he presented his collections on Tuesday. For Fall that changed, front and centre at two in the afternoon, straight after the Burberry Prorsum show. Did he put his mark on the week. Of course he did, and it was unforgettable.
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