For the first half of the Hussein Chalayan show, there was a building concern that the designer had turned into a hard core minimalist. Deciding to forgo any of his much appreciated conceptual clothing, and instead focusing on highly wearable garments with say a clever zipper slit on the leg of a leather skirt or column pants cut in matte and then glossy fabric below the knee. Quirky yes, conceptual….not really. But it’s true that at the bottom line, it’s all about selling the clothing so maybe Chalayan was thinking about the end game.
Eventually, the designer came “through” – which was the title of the collection – for his fans and ended up including graphic dresses that got their edge via Chalayan’s choice to embellish them with rows upon rows of colorful fake fingernails. It doesn’t get much more conceptual then that. Although, the ethereal dresses that followed with parts of the fabric pulled back and down to expose stronger shaded fabrics, underneath had equally creepy connotations, especially coming right after the fingernail outfits.
So come to Chalayan for the fantastic faux fur coats, asymmetric velvet day dresses and well tailored trousers. Then stay to appreciate those pieces that belong in a fashion museum or hanging on a wall like the pieces of art they are.
Watch the show!