Thursday, October 10, 2013

BFW SS14: Firas Yousif

         At the end of every fashion show, the audience applauds as all the models walk down the runway in the finale, then as the designer comes out to bow. Sometimes, a show is such a hit that there will be a standing ovation during the finale. Firas Yousif's show was such a hit that everyone applauded not only during the finale, but for every look throughout the show. This was the first time I've ever seen that and the designs proved the show to be a worthy exception!

         There was such exceptional detailing in Yousif's embroidery, textures, draping, and construction. Every piece glowed with an elegance that was only fit to be shown with the backdrop of an ornate church chapel. He balanced traditionalism and modernism with classic fabrics and shapes and contemporary lines and hems. There was a wide range of evening gowns, cocktail dresses, formal gowns, and wedding dresses, each with a different level of decadence for varying styles. Some had layers of tulle and ruffles while others were in sleek silk and simple column silhouettes.

          Necklines varied from boat neck and off the shoulder, to sweetheart and asymmetrical. The regal color scheme was entirely gold, silver, creme, and white. Yousif played with texture in crocodile embossed gold leather and rough, woven gold fabric. He accentuated the back of many pieces, one with a button-up closure, a few low-cut backs, and one asymmetrical structure that channeled the most glamorous hunchback I've ever seen.

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