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28 Jul

Spotlight: Charles Youssef

Jessi Malay wearing Charles Youssef

Jessi Malay wearing Charles Youssef

Happy Friday babes!! Today I wanted to share a really special project I shot a couple months ago featuring the amazingly talented designer, Charles Youssef. As soon as I laid eyes on his collection, I knew it was unlike anything else I’d ever seen and couldn’t be more honored to shoot some of my favorite pieces! Bold and innovative, yet classic, each piece is so unique, and displays his inspiration from architecture, geometry and art. From the  impeccable structuring of each sleeve, to the way the fabric moves with you, every tiny detail in his designs is perfectly thought-out. One of the first things I was drawn to was his use of angular shapes and color combinations. They are so strong, but he manages to craft every piece to perfectly fit a women’s silhouette, one of the reason’s why Lady Gaga purchased his entire collection for her 2010 tour..how cool?!

Being in the fashion industry, I also wanted to share a bit about the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) which recognizes top fashion designers, retailers, stylists etc. One of the amazing things about this organization is their Fashion Incubator program which sets up young designers like Youssef with low-cost studio space and teaches them proper business practices. I think it’s so important to have programs like this to help grow and support up and coming creatives. We were fortunate enough to have these images featured on the CFDA’s IG account earlier this week!

Jessi Malay x Charles Youssef2

We shot this look a few months ago at the Desert X art exhibit in Palm Springs! Since Youssef’s collection is heavily drawn from his interest in art and architecture, I wanted to capture this look in a similar surrounding! The mirrored house exhibit was the perfect backdrop with the desert and mountains reflecting in the mirror. I love the zig-zag feature on this one-shoulder blouse and the real color of these high waisted trousers!

Jessi Malay x Charles Youssef

Jessi Malay wearing Charles Youssef

Jessi Malay wearing Charles Youssef

Jessi Malay wearing Charles Youssef

Love the color-blocking and geometric shapes on this crepe blouse and pants set! It felt like I was dancing while wearing this blouse because the pleated sleeves opened up with every movement and brought even more dimension to the look. At first I thought it would be overwhelming to wear this blouse with the pants, but if you look closely the shapes and color-blocking from the blouse flow perfectly into the pants from top to bottom!

Jessi Malay x Charles Youssef

Hope you guys enjoyed these looks! Any fun plans for the weekend?! Let me know in the comments below :)

Xxo, Jessi

  • Karla

    Wowwww STUNNING photos babe!!! And that top looks like it was made for you! Loooove <3

    July 28, 2017 at 10:58 am Reply
  • Elegant Duchess

    This is it! Beautiful collection, I’m as much in love with those geometrical shapes , pleated sleeves are fabulous. You look stunning

    And this is my little new project to add some cuteness to my blog

    July 28, 2017 at 11:50 am Reply
  • La Bijoux Bella | by mia

    Bonjour Beautiful! Gorgeous … always a fabulous look and style! :)

    🌸🍃LA BIJOUX BELLA 🌸🍃| By Mia | A Creative Lifestyle Blog

    July 28, 2017 at 12:02 pm Reply
  • Christine Kong

    Wow, I LOVE statement pieces and Charles Youssef does an incredible job at that. The one shoulder top is amazing and I love the edgy “spikes” along the sleeve. The gorgeous top with the pleats and killer sleeves is a showstopper as well. I love the flow of the second look with the graphic trousers too. You are the perfect model to strut his designs! xoxo, Christine

    July 28, 2017 at 12:35 pm Reply
  • Briana

    Chic as always! The background matches well!


    July 28, 2017 at 1:36 pm Reply
  • Ellese

    You look absolutely stunning! I love what the work CFDA does, and how much they support up and coming designers. Youssef seems very talented, creative, and great at his art. These truly are pieces I have never seen before, and the fact they fit a woman’s figure seamlessly is a huge plus! Thank you for sharing this amazing designer your favorite pieces with us! XO, Ellese


    July 28, 2017 at 2:54 pm Reply
  • Maria | Short Girl Long Jacket

    Wow these pieces are so gorgeous and unique! I love these photos x

    July 28, 2017 at 5:07 pm Reply
  • Casey

    Omg so incredibly gorgeous!!! Never seen such unique pieces before! And they totally look like something Lady Gaga would wear too..so cool!! <3 xo

    July 28, 2017 at 5:21 pm Reply
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    July 29, 2017 at 7:09 am Reply
  • Radi

    WOW these designs are jaw dropping. He’s incredible!
    The zig-zag sleeve is unlike anything else I have seen and that color-blocking 😍
    Have a happy weekend Jessi ❤ Radi


    July 29, 2017 at 11:01 am Reply
  • Sindy

    The collection is gorgeous and definitely for the fierce and confident ones. I love the print or asymmetrical lines on the pattern, the addition of the bell sleeves just takes the top to the next level

    July 29, 2017 at 11:09 am Reply
  • Shalonda

    Stunning! Love the style! Absolutely wonderful!

    July 29, 2017 at 11:51 am Reply
  • Millie | Queenmillie

    Ohhh yess girl!! Jessi you look wonderful and so does this collection!! Absolutely great styling and thanks for sharing babe x

    Millie x

    July 29, 2017 at 12:02 pm Reply
  • easys.tyle

    These two styles are pure perfection I love them.
    Would you like to follow each other on bloglovin? Follow me and I’ll follow you back.

    July 29, 2017 at 12:42 pm Reply
  • MimaMochi

    The imagery is so perfect! I adore each and every piece and can tell that the garments are of beautiful quality. The details of the clothing are stunning and they translate beautifully in photographs due to the wonderful movement. I can’t wait to now look at the designer’s website :) Thanks for sharing.

    Adrianna x | http://mimamochi.com/

    July 29, 2017 at 12:42 pm Reply
  • Yara Mel

    Glad you could style the pieces they’re stunning. The colorblock shirt is stunning!
    Awesome photos Jess!


    July 29, 2017 at 1:08 pm Reply
  • Kris

    I love your outfit picks, they’re really fab and chic!

    Have an awesome day!
    xx Kris


    July 29, 2017 at 2:31 pm Reply
  • Mary Ann

    Loved the geometric design on the pants and the blouse. I would’ve thought it would be too much to wear together but you are so right in that it really works! Love! Love! Love! the white one shoulder blouse with the bird-wing-like sleeve and the cerulean blue trousers. Photographing in front of the mirror with the mountains behind was very artsy. Love this designer and you wear it very well like everything else!

    July 29, 2017 at 6:36 pm Reply
  • Jessica

    I love the modern and fashion-forward pieces. Love the sea foam green pants in the first outfit!

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

    July 29, 2017 at 8:07 pm Reply
  • Cynthia

    Wow, those pieces are like pieces of artwork! So gorgeous, I’ll definitely have to check out his line! Hope you’re having an awesome Sunday!


    IG: @thesirenconfidential

    July 30, 2017 at 8:53 am Reply
  • Iris

    WOW ! What a great fashion article, absolutely in love with the designs!

    Have a great weekend babe xoxo

    Iris http://www.passion-vogue.com

    July 30, 2017 at 10:59 am Reply
  • Carmen

    Jessi those looks are simply STUNNING! I especially love the second one, it’s an eye-catcher from head to toe <3
    xx, Carmen – http://www.carmitive.com

    July 30, 2017 at 11:22 am Reply
  • Siffat Haider

    This collection is absolutely beautiful! I love the geometric top the most – the sleeves are to die for!

    July 30, 2017 at 11:40 am Reply
  • Jaime

    Both of these looks are absolutely stunning! I’m in love!

    ♡ Jaime

    July 30, 2017 at 4:12 pm Reply
  • Magda

    You look stunning, this one shoulder top is gorgeous! Great photos!


    July 30, 2017 at 4:50 pm Reply
  • Comfy Cozy Up

    Different, but absolutely fabulous… Nice photos!

    July 30, 2017 at 5:52 pm Reply
  • Amanda Mércuri


    Amei os dois looks! As fotos estão incríveis!

    Ótimo domingo!

    Beijo! ^^

    July 30, 2017 at 7:01 pm Reply
  • Rachel Holliday

    These shapes are so perfect!!!!! You rock them so hard. I especially like that first assymetric top- you look amazing :) I can certainly see Lady Gaga rocking these as they are theatrical but still really stylish. I also saw on a previous post that you are expecting :) Congrats my lovely!

    Rachel xx

    July 30, 2017 at 7:10 pm Reply
  • Bernice

    Both outfits are major statement looks! The first blouse with that edgy cut sleeve, or the second striped number are jaw dropping!

    Bernice | IG @bunnybernice
    New Post: http://www.bunnybernice.com/single-post/2017/07/28/AMR-Beauty-18-in-1-Haircare-Review

    July 30, 2017 at 8:49 pm Reply
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    July 30, 2017 at 11:59 pm Reply
  • sophie

    Both of these outfits are simply amazing.I really love the sleeves especially.You look so so good in these.

    July 31, 2017 at 6:19 am Reply
  • Cvjetkovic

    Great post! Photos are amaizing! :)
    If you want that we follow each other let me know by leaving a comment,and also hope you’ll click on link at the end of my last post –> http://beautyshapes3.blogspot.hr/

    July 31, 2017 at 7:10 am Reply
  • Sharon Wu

    You look so chic babe! I love these pieces and how they are so different. Almost like they are statement pieces! :) Have a wonderful week xo, sharon


    July 31, 2017 at 9:25 am Reply
  • Ashley

    These pieces are INSANE and so gorgeous! You, as always, look amazing!

    Just fyi, I followed you via Insta, lady. :) I’m @ashrockchalk.

    Le Stylo Rouge

    August 1, 2017 at 9:27 am Reply
  • Katherine

    Love these cool pieces, you wear them so well!


    August 1, 2017 at 3:41 pm Reply
  • Lindsey of The Nomis Niche

    These looks are gorgeous! I’m loving the geometric pattern. Beautiful!

    Love, Lindsey

    August 3, 2017 at 8:14 am Reply
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    Love the look!
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    August 4, 2017 at 3:25 am Reply
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