London & Osman Y
Sometimes I take living in London for granted. I guess that is the nature of anything you become too familiar with. Last week, I was reminded of one of the reasons why London is such an awesome city… its museums.
Last Friday, the Victoria & Albert Museum, in all its glory, played host to an Osman Yousefzada show as part of it’s Fashion in Motion series. The series gives visitors to a chance to attend a free fashion show that provides a retrospective on the chosen designer’s body of work – with the simple aim of bringing high fashion to a wider audience. This time it was Osman Y, not all that widely known but one of fashion’s hidden treasures. In fact, as A from Disco Nap London, who was also at the show pointed out, the dress Sarah Brown wore when hubby Gordon resigned as Prime Minister, was an Osman Y number.
The show reflected Osman’s Afghan roots with dancing at the start.
I was sat on the second row with A and V of Disco Nap London and we nattered away as if we were highly paid fashion magazine editors. It’s all part of the fun I guess.
And now for the clothes. There is a certain beauty in the simplicity of the colours and shapes he uses and there is just something about the clothes that you know is special. They seem as though they have the power to transform you. The draping and the way the clothes hang on the body reflects Osman’s confident understanding of the female form. The show was beautifully put together with dark coloured clothes broken up by loud pops of colour. The detail on the clothes (and shoes) were subtle and simple yet effective – one of my favouites was a floor length long sleeved blue dress with one embellished sleeve, modelled by Ben Grimes.
The jewel-embellished wedges were another favourite. The ultimate statement shoe.
After the shoddy pics that I manage dto salvage, I’m considering getting a new camera, though, I may just need to learn how to use the one I have.