A sneak peek at the FW16 lookbook shot at Milk Studios.
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In the midst of prepping for his upcoming presentation at MADE Fashion Week, Charles Youssef invited us to be a fly on the wall of his FW16 lookbook shoot. Our Tribe photographer Richard Gilligan had the opportunity to photograph an intimate portrait behind the scenes at Milk Studios and a few quiet moments exclusively for MADE. We sat down with the New York-based designer to discuss his most recent collection, cat naps and his love for the city that never sleeps.
What is your pre-Fashion Week ritual?
What is the worst thing about fashion week?
Not being able to spend as much time with my partner as I’d like.
Do you have any secret talents?
I was trained as a classical pianist by a Juilliard instructor.
Who is your favorite fashion icon?
Yves Saint Laurent.
If you were forced to stay in one city for the rest of your life, where would it be?
Favorite thing about NYC?
The convenience and fast pace.
What is your favorite thing in your wardrobe?
My Mykita + Margiela eyeglasses.
Do you have any hobbies?
Napping with my cat.
What are you working on right now?
Music for our fashion week presentation.
What album or mix has the most plays on your life soundtrack?
Depeche Mode’s “Violator.”
What are you listening to now?
Adorn, “By this River.”
Which would you give up, butter or ice-cream?
Ice Cream, but not butter.
Have you ever been starstruck? Who was it?
Yes- when I met Tilda Swinton in London; I love her.
What would you be doing if you weren’t doing this?
I have no idea, but I hope I would be sleeping more.
Top of your bucket list?
To receive a CFDA Emerging Talent Award.
Weirdest DM you’ve gotten?
Still waiting for it!
Favorite thing about having your own brand?
Photography: Richard Gilligan