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POST-GAZETTE, OCTOBER 18, 2013 Page 11 by adngela Cornacchio Socially Scene Reviewed .... This week I. am going to take fashion flash backs to Boston Fashion Week and highlight one of, if not the top showcase of the week. Firas Yousif Originals held a very intimate and invite only run- way presentation in Lindsey Chapel at Emmanuel Church on October 3rd. The venue was breath- taking and fitting for the debut of his much antici- pated 2014 Bridal & Evening Couture collection. The au- thentic artwork that filled the chapel was a compliment to the elegance in Yousiffs designs. The final piece to complete the setting was the music that filled the chapel walls; a soundtrack of ethe- real vocals and rhythm of Middle Eastern instrumen- tals as the models strutted the runway in each gown. The couture bridal wear featured a feathered texture, train in the back, knee length cut in front and the quality of fabric was to die for. The multi-talented Yousff also unveiled his most recent evening wear that showed an edgy shape, cur- rent patterns with a classic look and chic appeal. For close to 20 years, Firas Matt6o Gallo Appraisals- Sales & Rentals Real Estate 376 North Street Boston, MA 02113 (617) 523-2100 Fax (617) 5.23-3530 Standing ovation for Yousif Yousif has been living a double life. He is the successful professional in the pharmaceutical industry with an undergraduate de- gree in bio science -- bio- technology and a MBA from Boston College. He is also known as a talented de- signer behind Firas Yousif Originals creating gorgeous one-of-a-kind bridal and evening gowns as well as flirty cocktail dresses. Firas Yousif was born in Baghdad, raised in Kuwait and found a home in Phila- delphia with his parents at the age of 13. Influenced by Yolanda Cellucci and daughter designer Sondra Celli. I DIAMONDS 1 ROLEX ESTATE JEWELRY Bought & Sold Jewelers Exch. Bldg. Jim (617) 263-7766 his seamstress Aunt in the Middle East and mother who always sewed, the self- taught Yousif began design- ing in 1993 all the while ac- quiring multiple degrees and launching a successful career in pharmaceuticals. Looking for something new, he moved to Boston in 1999. His first showroom was opened on Huntington Avenue and he began gen- erating a vibe via Boston Fashion Week shows at the former Gamble Mansion in Boston's Back Bay and the Boston Public Library in Copley Square. Despite Firas' clear talent, he is an under the radar designer who works dis- creetly, yet diligently to pro- duce the highest quality work for his discerning cli- entele. While he takes obvi- ous pride in his finished designs, he is not one to sing his own praises to the masses in a shameless attempt to gain "it" status. As more and more women discover Firas, whether it be on his www.firasyousif, sitting in the audience during his fashion shows or stepping into his welcoming Newbury Street showroom, it is safe to say that the secret will be out. Brit to Lead BSO .... English Conductor Daniel Harding makes his BSO debut on Octmer 24th in a program featuing the first of several tSO-commis- sioned works f,r the 2013- (Continuec on Page 13) JUSTINE YANDLE PHOTOGRAPHY 781.589.7347 JUSTINE.YANDLE@GMAIL.COM WWW.J USTINEYANDLEPHOTO GRAPHY.COM