British-born Osman Yousefzada celebrated difference with his upbeat and opulent fall collection, sending forth a cast of his artist friends of different sizes and ages interspersed with his catwalk models.
In an optimistic reaction to the current political climate, specifically immigration issues in America, Yousefzada, whose family hails from Afghanistan, put forth a joyful exploration of color and texture – with lots of happy-by-default sequins. Yousefzada’s use of ethnic references was minimal in this outing, but still evident in the midi-length silk dress printed with a pattern taken from an Afghan rug in his home, and in the wide copper leather sash tied at the waist of a long plaid coat.
There were nods to the Eighties in the OTT ruffles that topped one-shouldered dresses, and in the one-shouldered, egg-yolk-yellow sequined dress. He put his spin on power dressing with a red cropped trouser suit, while a gray blazer had a pair of matching trousers with a gathered flare leg. And a pale-pink cashmere coat topped with a matching fur gilet was pure sophistication.
A red floral jacquard added extra opulence to a full skirt worn with a trim black leather jacket, belted in a jacquard sash, and to a fitted, double-breasted jacket that came with an extraordinary pair of yellow sequin pants with tiers of frills. The twinkletastic sequined looks that closed the show, like the tiered silver skirt worn with a white shirt and black coat, finished things on a high note.