September 27, 2013 Paris
The wrapped-towel effect was one of the collection's summery anchors, as it was in Chalayan's Resort range. For day, the stripes; for evening, long columns gathered at one shoulder, like the tuck of a towel. But summeriness also prevailed in the photoprint of couples kissing on a beach (so abstracted that there will be no invasion-of-privacy lawsuits following); in the perforated pattern of palm fronds; and in a tropical print that was blurred, according to Hussein, as though viewed through the plastic of a tent. All of these visual elements were delivered in appealingly cut or draped silhouettes that took summer to the city.
But the most intriguing effect—the most Chalayan-esque—was the one that embodied the collection's somewhat abstract title, Breeze Corridor. If we got it straight, that corridor is the line along the beach where you linger when the sun is hot but the water is cold, so you've got your wrap half-on, half-off, undecided about whether you're going to plunge in. In that spirit of tentativeness, Chalayan attached jackets to tops so they could be shrugged off, as in the show's last look, and worn as a bustle or tailcoat.
Oh, and about those hats on sticks: In the breeze corridor, it's hard to stabilize your headgear.