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Art on the Catwalk: Osman Yousefzada Taps Frida Kahlo

A look from Osman Yousefzada's Spring-Summer 2016 collection; Frida Kahlo's "Tree of Hope, Remain Strong" (1946)
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Frida Kahlo’s art and personal style sprang to life on the Spring-Summer 2016 runway of Osman Yousefzada. Working from a love letter penned by the Mexican artist — “I ask you for violence, in the nonsense, and you, you give me grace, your light and your warmth” — the designer sent out a range of black-and-white pant suits, as well as colorful dresses with tiered ruffles and exaggerated silhouettes.

A long wrap skirt of rich crimson duchesse satin was paired simply with a wide-brimmed hat and a swathe of black paint brushed over the model’s breasts. Some looks featured a colorful ikat print of orange and blue that recalled Kahlo’s folk art pieces, while waxed silk ensembles with large daubs of red, yellow and blue paint were slightly more generically artsy.

The closing looks of beaded tree decorations, though, were a more literal translation of the symbolism in Kahlo’s Tree of Hope, Remain Strong (1946), as were Stephen Jones’s take on Kahlo’s trademark floral headbands.

To view looks from the collection, click on the slideshow.