Amid the gilded brocade and psychedelic revolution of London Fashion Week, a quiet collection emerges. Osman’s Fall/Winter 2015 presentation ratchets up points for presenting an alternate outlet for glamour this season, with appealing, uncontrived looks that were expressed in a strict palette of white, siren red, and jet black. Designer Osman Yousefzada was focused on the silhouette, which was articulated in two ways: artfully appointed volumes and lean, body-skimming symmetry.
Smooth, brilliant white pieces opened the show, presenting sensible daywear options like asymmetrically tailored tunics, fluid trousers, trim fur coats, lightly embroidered frocks, and textured crepe robe-like dresses. A few occasion pieces were shown this portion of the show, including a glamorous yet simple gown covered in scores of tiny crystal flecks. Decorative elements are sparse with only a few orb buttons and ribbon ties completing the looks. From white to red, the transition is almost jarring, as Osman reaches for loftier concepts like maximal fur coats, lace separates finished with Victorian details, and beautifully tailored satin coats covered in swirling abstract print. The all-black selection was the best, offering up knotted fur coats, molded leather kimonos perforated with tiny holes, glossy zip-up jackets, and slinky eveningwear. The striking appeal of this collection lies in the desirability of its wearable shapes and the heightened sense of glamour that comes from small, but artistic details. And those silk trousers with tie-away bottoms? We’ll take one in every color, please.
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