March 3, 2012

Light And Colour Blocking In Hussein Chalayan’s Show

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If it’s a dark environment, the clothes are supposed to light it up” said designer Hussein Chalayan just before the start of his Fall/Winter 2012-2013 show.

The collection that followed is a reinterpretation of the Sixties’ graphic minimalism, with architectural silhouettes, precise cuts and outerwear paired with metallic silver skinny pants.

Determined to see his creations on the red carpet, as he himself has admitted, Chalayan also created a series of eveningwear, in the form of floor-length evening gowns with straight silhouettes, simple and refined, or flaunting structural necklines made of surprising materials, such as Perspex or Palladium.

The show’s central element was colour blocking. Jackets, blazers, coats and even a series of short cocktail dresses in blocks of colours contributed, through their alluring simplicity, to the show’s general impression of effortless elegance.

Towards the end of the show, models came out decked in a series of abstract prints, but other than those, the collection was an infusion of solid colour. Fire-engine red, orange, neon green, electric blue, paired with muted tones of beige and black, illuminated the show in a lively manner.

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