July 06, 2006 Paris
What that meant in practice was a range of iconic items reevaluated, even recombined. A biker jacket was fused with a baseball jacket, and the resulting mutant, made up in navy gabardine, looked like the perfect blouson. A sweatshirt was given the sleeves of a business shirt. Another shirt had a little watch pocket, like a jacket does.
Technology inserted itself as latex strips on the arm of a white T-shirt, or as a dip for the hem of organic Japanese denims, or as a trim on a trenchcoat. Though not necessarily groundbreaking, these details advertised Chalayan's knack for adding some "fashion" interest to basics, altering them just enough to make them subtly desirable.