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Charles Youssef: The One To Watch

By Robyn Roberts

September 4, 2014

Already a blip on the fashion radar from February, 2010, when Lady Gaga plucked a handful of pieces directly from his London runway show, Charles Youssef is proving he is here for the long-haul in present times. The Lebanese-born designer honed his craft at both Central Saint Martins and Parsons (MA; BFA) before perfecting his skills as senior designers for Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Cerutti–the impressive list goes on.

For his spring/summer 2015 collection, the designer’s inspiration stems from modern, yet clean architectural lines and lighting–recessed lighting to be exact. With the conception of this collection, Youssef felt particularly drawn towards the works of James Turrell, and specific galleries of the MoMA. With his NYFW debut, the designer favors playing with silhouettes and shadows, marrying the lines of the body with those of the garment. These pieces come together to evoke angular dimensions that glow from within. Youssef feels empowered by paper fortune teller games, for gleaning an insight into the future is something he hopes to capture in his clothes. Psychics we are not, but we can certainly bet on a bright future for this designer.

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Calvin KleinCeruttiCharles YoussefJames TurrellLady GagaMoMaNew York Fashion WeekRalph Laurenspring/summer 2015

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