January 11th, 2017
Ancient meets office marks Chalayan’s return to London Fashion Week.
Once Upon A Time In Greece…
For his autumn winter 2017 collection, designer Hussein Chalayan took us to Ancient Greece, before values were replaced in the 19th century by a “new value system endorsed by corporate forces”. Inspired by “a generation of individuals who are beginning to create their own realities”, we saw loose tailoring, innovative outerwear in oversize proportions and a lot of draping, but always in clean lines, were a nod to cultural identity, migration and anthropology, suitable of the old meets new aesthetic.
Cocooning dropped shoulders, loose shirts that effortlessly fell open at the front, three-quarter length wool trousers that tied around the waist with cut-outs at the back, and wide belts that looped at the hip in shades of navy blue, black, white and grey (with the occasional grid of monochrome triangles) all looked vaguely Grecian and provided new and interesting options for the man of today.
The Doors Of Perception
Those who have been around for a while would know that Chalayan’s ideas revolve around perception and realities of modern life, presenting us with innovative, cutting-edge yet functional looks season after season since 2003. This collection was no different, with a part utilitarian, part trans-seasonal wardrobe that is simple, beautiful and that we would gladly take from the catwalk to the office.
Words: Laura Bettencourt