Hussein Chalayan is a British/Turkish Cypriot fashion designer who has taken home the British Designer of the Year award twice and received the “Fashion Visionary” award in 2013 for his 20 years of design excellence. His eponymous label was rebranded as simply Chalayan to remove the political connotations with his first name. All’s well that ends well they say and with the Chalayan fashions we have certainly seen his name gaining popularity as he rises through the ranks.
We cannot call his pieces from the Chalayan fall/winter 2015-2016 collection the best out of all seen to date, but he does have a few that have us smiling happily and wondering where the nearest Chalayan boutique may be. That includes quite a few of the black pieces found on the Paris Fashion Week runway, including a button down blazer dress with a black top underneath that seems to be the combination of a turtleneck and a simple crew neck. The tailoring of the dress is divine and those glossy black booties allow for the attention to be centered around the defined waist and fall of the dress over the hips, down to the top of the knees. It is a perfectly professional look that we hope to see appearing on many of the female CEOs around the world.
We certainly are not going to lie and say we don’t like those overalls in leather worn by a model wearing nothing else. It is probably the sexiest manual work attire that we can find that is also quite utilitarian with its allowance of ample movement, though we doubt that garment will be hiding the bare female chest from the side as she works on painting those walls. We might be seeing a surge in male orders for paint jobs if these are the women we send out to get the job done though!
While Chalayan begins with light colors in beige and camel, the use of wide legged trousers and extreme plunging V shaped necklines quite clear, it quickly moves on into black and charcoals, a bright red hat appearing within the bleak numbers, before black and white patterning takes over and moved into lighter greys, a multitude of patterns and some funky dress styles that include fur lined mini sleeves to protect the lower parts of the arms and the hands. That looks especially interesting with the shoulders and forearms left bare and the plunging neckline allowing the chill to hit the skin down to the abdomen. Considering the amount of skin shown, it’s almost better to wear the strapless piece with the furry cuffs instead. Some of the detailing is hard to make out but appears to be a heart from which flows black fringe or wherein it becomes the face of a man sitting on a cliff and apparently fishing? No one said that fashion needed to be understandable and the final pieces that look like someone has run scissors through the center but not quite reached the end attest to that. We might want to mend that tear before wearing it, but the rest of the dresses look spectacular with their perfect tailoring.
Photos courtesy of Vogue UK