Osman Yousefzada is like a rare chef that wows Michelin critics with a talent for taking unexpected and unlikely flavor pairings and turning them into top-shelf plates. His ability to work disparate elements, awkward layering, and strange prints into smart, fashion-forward looks is a mark in his favor for Fall/Winter 2014. This collection perfectly captures the complicated, unpredictable personalities of modern-day women.
For Fall/Winter 2014, Osman’s muse is girly, sporty, and street all at the same time. Sure, she loves shopping, but after a day at the mall she’s planning on perfecting her skateboarding technique before heading to a private party thrown by the Arctic Monkeys. That’s why the feminine handbag prints make sense on slick satin jumpsuits and glossy shifts; it’s also why peaceful Asian elements can transform into street statements with the right amount of Osman attitude.
Yousefzada mixes up twee and stately for results that are youthful and fun. To start, he layers a canary yellow technical mesh top with an asymmetrical skirt in brocade damask, and these two elements (technical mesh and asymmetry) are repeated throughout the presentation. He also relies on toppers that are inspired by kimonos, and shapes them with wide obi belts. His soft, cobalt blue fur coat looks like the most luxurious bathrobe imaginable, and is one of the most desirable pieces in the collection. Separates find unusual companions in off-kilter pairings – while most designers might make a clunky mess of it all, Osman’s tactic demonstrates finesse. He’s got the street style market nailed with this outing, but the key to making it work on a broader scale is his perfectly balanced layering.
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