NYFW: Charles Youssef S/S16 Presentation
October 1, 2015
Gansevoort Meatpacking jumped into the Fashion Week madness hosting the debut of designer Charles Youssef’s S/S 2016 collection. Youssef, who received his undergraduate degree from Parsons School of Design in New York and his Masters from Saint Martins College of Design in London, stayed true to the recurring theme of geometry, drawing inspiration from Japanese architect Tadao Ando’s creative concrete structures.
Spring/Summer 2016 was interpreted through the lens of artist Esther Stewart, whose beautifully crafted field of color paintings sparked the designer’s vision for the collection. Origami and folded details reemerge in new silhouettes this season in signature fabrications including silk crepe, silk organza, lightweight tailored wool crepe, and cotton poplin. Youssef also introduced a new silk cotton blended faille, luxurious silk gazar and two custom geo-prints this season.
Featuring 21 looks, collection highlights included geo-printed silk dresses, crisp cotton shirting with cutout details and crisp pleats, and lightweight wool trousers. The collection is a conversation of structured daywear softened by intricately detailed sheer silk organza pieces, with graphic accents of midnight blue and emerald paired with neutral shades of white and blush-tones.