Osman Yousefzada kept it real, for the first time casting models off the street and using friends and collaborators in his show of embellished silhouettes meant for everyday.
The designer said he often has a hard time casting his shows, and finds women — rather than girls — more of an inspiration.
Among the friends and clients who walked for him under a vast rotunda at Westminster School were Oriole Cullen, a curator of textiles and fashion at the Victoria and Albert Museum; knitwear and fabric specialist Tiphaine de Lussy, and artist Celia Hempton.
Yousefzada wanted his clothes to be easy, everyday wear: cotton tops with doublet-style sleeves or tone-on-tone bondage details around the arms, and denim jackets — one with red tulle ruffles and another with an insect patch planted at the back.
There were a host of dresses — strapless and one-shoulder, one with a ladder detail down the sides of the arms, some with asymmetrical hemlines and others still in silver brocade.
Among the standouts were the sheer and embroidered tulle dresses, and in particular a long, loose one with a deep V and a long black ribbon at the back, and another layered number done in peach tulle.
Although the venue, which is adjacent to Westminster Abbey, was charming, the space was overwhelming for a collection that needed to be seen in detail. The designer is known for his impeccable fits, and it would have been so much better see them up close.