August 23 2014

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29 posts tagged "Hussein Chalayan"

Yea, Nay, or Eh: Amber Rose In Alexander Wang


Truer words were scarcely spoken when Kanye West proclaimed at last night’s Roberto Cavalli party: “It’s not fashion week without me.” Of late he’s been joined by a partner-in-ubiquity: his newish lady love, Amber Rose. The cropped-super-short platinum blonde is a puzzle to some—partly because she doesn’t quite share the unerring panache that has made the Louis Vuitton don an industry obsession. While statement-making, her ensembles—e.g., the strange pairing of Current/Elliott denim track shorts with a sports bra and wire-rimmed glasses she was snapped in recently—don’t quite spark sartorial shivers. But her front-row look at Hussein Chalayan yesterday is another story. The sheer, body-con Alexander Wang spring dress hits just the right notes of ultra-sexy-but-stylish, while those fabulously fantastical Louis Vuitton sandals (and the oversize clutch) spike the high-fashion quotient to more than satisfactory levels. We’re not totally shivering yet, but there’s definitely a chill in the air. We’ll call this a smart move in the right direction for the current First Lady of the Celeb Section. What do you think, Style Filers? Hot or cold?

Photo: Greg Kessler

The Smart Set: Hussein Fêtes His 15-Year Retrospective


Who knew so-called intellectual fashion could be such a crowd-puller? Anyone who thought they were in for a meditative waft around Hussein Chalayan’s exhibition From Fashion and Back at London’s Design Museum was in for a rude awakening at the opening last night. By 7:45, there was a line snaking around the block and a good old-fashioned nineties-style fashion show shouting match was brewing up at the door, while inside, the bar was so besieged that the staff stopped serving at one point. After that, there was another 15-minute line, up a stairway no less, to gain entry to the show itself. “This had better be good,” muttered one disgruntled arrival. Not to worry: The 15-year retrospective provides a surprisingly intimate close-up of Chalayan’s work. Shown on mannequins variously drinking coffee, painting walls, and even polishing the inside of the glass case they’re standing in, the clothes appear charmingly human even while the designs are revealed to be technically accomplished to a degree that can’t ever be appreciated from a runway. Continue Reading “The Smart Set: Hussein Fêtes His 15-Year Retrospective” »

meet the pumas (and we’re not talking sneakers)


We can thank Drew Barrymore and Liv Tyler for adding “puma” to the pop culture lexicon, as in someone who is not yet a cougar, but is well on their way to being one. Rarrh.

Kanye West is so assured of the power of his music that he employed a brigade of naked models to stand around like statues at the listening party for his new album We’re sure no one even knew they were there.

Book a ticket to London this winter for the Hussein Chalayan exhibition at the Design Museum, opening January 21, the designer’s first major retrospective.

Photo: Sherly Rabbani and Josephine Solimene

paris fashion week: speed, car crashes, and really big sunglasses


Sunglasses will be key for Spring. Particularly the statement variety. Weren’t expecting that, were you? Still, the Hussein Chalayan variety may well grab your attention. While everyone else is sizing down, Chalayan, via jewelry designer Scott Wilson, whom he’s collaborated with, is going bigger and better than ever. The fluorescent yellow, bright blue, and patent white shades in Wednesday’s show, cut straight across the face and either slatted or punctured with holes, looked like a cross between optician’s prescribing glasses (the large goggle-y type) and something out of The Jetsons. As is often the case with anything to do with Chalayan, the explanation Wilson gave us after the show veered toward the abstract. “The idea was to create something which gave reference to sunglasses without being real sunglasses,” he texted from his birthday party. Puzzled, we turned to the show’s stylist for more clues. “It was all about speed and car crashes,” he explained.

—Gudrun Willcocks

Photo: Don Ashby & Olivier Claisse