Nicosia born British-Turkish designer Hussein Chalayan is the outspoken champion of asymmetric cuts and unusual shapes. The designer is also known to pay much attention to the technical side of modeling. Chalayan’s collections have often been described as both futuristic and classic/romantic. Although the designer has claimed many times that revolutionizing the fashion world is by no means his aim, his collections always bring something new and creative into the fashion world and his fashion shows are always rather memorable as Chalayan likes to surprise his public (you sure remember the “Burka” show, 1996? We mean, models strutting down the runway naked with only their heads wrapped in scarves, how can one forget that?).
The Chalayan spring/summer 2015 collection presented at Paris Fashion Week had some futuristic feel about it. The designer had looked to North Africa, Spain and Morocco to find inspiration and designed a very feminine and simple collection to which he preferred to ascribe such adjectives as “naïve” and “charming”.
The Chalayan spring/summer 2015 collection started with simple pieces and got fancier as it progressed. The first few pieces were entirely set in black and white and featured all-black sleeveless slashed to the waist dress-vests, long straight skirts in black and matching jackets with interesting cutouts around the armpits, maxi skirts with side slits combined with simple white short-sleeved shirts and so on. The slits were also seen along the sides of the pants that were combined with matching smart jackets.
At the next more colorful stage of the show, Chalayan models headed down the catwalk in a very eye-catching ensemble of subtle dresses, pants and jackets. Here black had been combined with dark beige and blue and we were introduced to very delicate sleeveless dresses with satin additions on the front, asymmetrical tops in black and blue, deep V-neck sleeveless jumpsuits in black, off-the-shoulder figure-hugging dresses and so on.
At the end of the show, the monochrome of the pieces was replaced with patterns: we had a deep V-neck high waisted maxi dress in white embellished with grayish patterns that was paired with a matching hat, high neckline loosely fitting accordion dresses, simple black A-line dresses topped with colorfully patterned cropped jackets and long-sleeved high neckline dresses. The last three pieces of the collection that featured long flowy layered dresses that had depictions of women wearing blue burkas could easily be identified as typical Chalayan.
Especially noteworthy were the headgear and the eyewear (or rather, the combination of the two) created by the Turkish designer. Designing headpieces that reminded of swimming caps and attaching them to round framed glasses, Chalayan had created unique “ninja” looks for his models. For shoes, the designer presented wide ankle strap flats that looked both gorgeous and super comfy.
Overall, the Chalayan spring/summer 2015 collection was rather relaxed and harmonious and had some soothing feel about it. We are sure that the lovers of effortless elegance were not disappointed.
Photos courtesy of Vogue UK