“I ask you for violence, in the nonsense, and you, you give me grace, your light and your warmth.” Frida Kahlo’s sensational love letter not only conquered her husband Diego Rivera and many readers, but also the Afghan British-born designer Osman Yousefzada.
Yousefzada’s collection is a rendition of Kahlo’s philosophy of love – it is bold and strong in its androgynous design and structure, but it infiltrates a mild gentleness in reference to the artist’s artworks. Those elongated collars and cuffs bearing a resemblance to South American gauchos, the red and white dresses with a flamenco touch along with the wide-brimmed hats with well tailored satin are all a testament to the Mexican artist’s fearlessness in love. One of the highlights is without doubt a shiny golden column dress painted with Kahlo’s symbolic “Tree of Life”, leaving us gasping at Yousefzada’s smooth and brilliant reimagination of Kahlo’s works.
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Photos: by Giovanni Giannoni via WWD