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OFFBEAT MOD
London: For S/S 11, up-and-comer Osman Yousefzada didn’t stray far from the ultra-simple yet quirky style that he’s becoming known for. The designer updated the classic 60s Mod aesthetic by slightly relaxing its traditionally stiff shapes and incorporating a few unexpected design details and materials. Boxy shifts were reinterpreted with extreme high-low hems and strapless necklines, some cut from a rustic burlap-like woven. The same fabric was used for a boxy tee, which, when paired with off-white patent leather culottes, created a compelling mix of Space Age and organic minimalism. In addition to the 60s influences, the designer’s trademark color-blocking looked right on-trend. Asymmetry was a recurring theme, although some attempts were stronger than others, like neon silk panels that were attached to the hips of basic black frocks, creating modern peplums and bold color contrasts. Other asymmetrical items and exaggerated silhouettes felt far-fetched – but Yousefzada made up for them with the simpler offerings.

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