March 8, 2010

chalayan
Hussein Chalayan was based around the idea of a mirage, though that fact was no MIRAGE as the sunglasses said, "MIRAGE". Dad jokes! In all seriousness, because this is serious business, as things always are around here, I first thought it was sort of arbitrary, but the more I looked through it and thought about it the more it made sense, and the fact that it was hard to understand at first only made me like it more. And made it more, of course, like a mirage. I SEE WHAT YOU DID THERE, MR. CHALAYAN.
There were binoculars stuffed up with shearling and leather, hazy nebula-like prints, foggy sheer fabrics, and crocheted jackets that only half-covered the top part of the body. Without the concept, the clothes didn't seem to flow from one look to another too well, but I don't think a Hussein Chalayan collection can be viewed without knowing that there has to be a concept, anyway.
The "mirage" sunglasses reminded me of New Year's Eve sunglasses, in a good way.

76 comments:

Soren Lorensen said...
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Soren Lorensen said...

what are new year's eve sunglasses?

should I know? I bet I should know...dammit.

Chloe Michele said...

The dress in the middle looks like a shark egg.

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Anna said...

lets cross our fingers that the fabrics themselves will further evolve into such realms of ..... well, profound beauty. surely the simple expectation of futuristic fashion will carve a path easy to travel along.

Sarah Margeurite said...

I'm not so sure about this collection. It's interesting like a story but not gorgeous like a collection and it doesn't have me drooling. You always see the best in the most confusing of pieces, Tavi!

Sincerely,
Sarah from The Etiquette Cult

Julia said...

those sunglasses are so cool!
xoxo

kristy-towncat said...

Gorgeous!!!!!

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Arthur said...

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Emily said...

The mirage sunglasses reminded me of NYE ones too!! Ahh crazy! Awesome collection. I'm still waiting for something better than the one where he had the electronic hat-dress things..

xx

mila said...

That collection was GENIUS. just saying...

Erin said...

Wow! This is really cool. It's a bit costumey, though.

-Erin
Style-Savvy.blogspot.com

Orville said...

THe collection is interesting.. to say the least.. but compared to other collections that he did... hhmmm this is quite disappointing.. but some pieces are so cool ^^

SD said...

I love it!

Elise said...

You`re totally right about the sunglasses, as I saw them the first picture in my head were the New Year`s Eve sunglasses.
I have to think about the collection to find out if I like it, but I do like the red shoes.

Festy said...

I like this post!
Nice collection!
xoxo
Festy
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Diane said...

He is such an amazing artist! The proof that fashion is not shallow, it's pure undeniable art!

kiss

Ann. said...

I really like your blog, is very very interesting, and the descriptions and the writes that you do are brilliant.
I'd like to know your opinion about my blog.
It is not a great thing, but I am trying to improve it,
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Alice Ritter said...

Hi Tavi!
what do you think of Kenzo? I thought it was fresh and different... and yet it might be the seventies nostalgic in me talking...curious of your opinion!

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Angeles Almuna Design said...

It's an interesting collection, may be he has a very peculiar concept that we can not find in just one view.....I think we need more time to figure out what really is this concept of MIRAGE....
Kisses Lady Tavi

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sasha said...

i like the fabriics, though the colors could have been better. i'd have liked tto see more metalics and sheers. as far as "mirage" goes, the looks are bland, they don't really stand out :[

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Michele said...

Awwwsum

Deb said...

Just to say you're amazing :D
Love your blog

Deb said...

Just to say you're amazing :D
Love your blog

Misery said...

I was curious what you'll write about this particular collection :) I didn't like the sunglasses, but I LOVED the prints. Overall, the collection had, in my opinion at least, just the right proportions of functionality and this artsy craziness, for the lack of better word :) When are you going to write about latest Comme des Garcons??? Anyway, I'm looking forward to new posts from you, Tavi.

xoxo

style baro said...

this dresses, are nice!

Jacqueline said...

Pretty cool designs! xo

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tinkerbell_61 said...

Um, road trip amazingness!
The dress with the white lines of the highway was incredible, as were the subsequent rain spattered road dress and finally moon reflected on a rainy road dress... And then the finale with the white belted black dresses, symbolizing the road... What a concept! I love how the road pieces came to signify new chapters, new places on the trip. Brilliance.
Also, could the swirly masks be car exhaust? And those 'mirage' sunglasses to signify what he could not: the heat of the asphalt? (Although I bet he could...)

stylespotterfashionblogger said...

Love some of it... especially the binoculars.Not so keen on other bits. loving more interesting fashion for the fall as lots of designers have played it very safe. I'm all for some controversy!
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Les deux filles said...

Hey Tavi!
I'm a german girl! I read your blog every day and it's so amazing waht you're doing. I and my best friend have a blog too!
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That's mine! Maybe you could take a look at ours.
That would be great!

Bri said...

I love your blog and I agree with stylespotterfashionblogger
Keep blogging Tavi and it would be great if you could visit my fashion blog!
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Thanx!

Maria José said...

I like the collection , but I think he has done better collections
xoxo

lizzie_fitz said...

me and him did the same fashion course though he did it many years ago, same teacher though :) and my friends mum made his wig for s/s 2010 paris appearance...i like his stuff.

i also like the amount of avaitor jackets in this years shows.. it pleases me..tank girl kinda thang. loves it.

happy tuesday :)
thatlizkid
xxxxxxx

Melissa said...

Very much enjoying that hoody dress piece, it tickled my tah la la. Or something less awkward sounding and more mature-and-pretending-to-know-what-the-hell-I'm-talking-about.

Nedda Ebo said...

Love Huseein Chalayan. I love this collection, too, but he's done better. x

Vera said...

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The Style Revolution said...

Those glasses are just like New Years Glasses

adam said...

I can see the gaga wearing the fourth one..

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Emma said...

Hey Tavi,
Nice to hear your thoughts on the collection. I actually liked the collection. I find that it is hard to critique such virbrant creations. You had stated: "...the clothes did not seem to flow from one look to another too well..." but I would like to note that the theme of this collection was a roadtrip across America. Chalayan said that he had the collection start out very tailored in the beginning (NY) and then slowly makes its way across the counrty. Mid-West (bonnets, etc), then New Mexico (shearling) and then then Vegas (sequin dresses) to LA. I thought that this whole roadtrip thing was such a good idea. But, I can see why you thought that the looks did not flow very well.
Thanks again for another great post. Also, should have left this comment in an earlier post but: that video of you and Spencer Tweedy is just too great. Is that the son of the Jeff Tweedy. I'm sure it is, but just to make sure. Anyway, Wilco is like a staple in our house. My dad has "Jam Sessions" with my brothers after dinner, to Wilco songs. My dad wishes he was neighbors with Jeff Tweedy.
Anyway, fashion. In additon, thanks for getting back in the comment forum about writing that Comme review. Have a great day!

Vinda Sonata said...

gorgeous show! hussein chalayan is interesting. he really has an awesome visionary!


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WendyB said...

I long for glasses that say WendyB.

Samantha said...

I have to agree with Sarah - beautifully constructed pieces and a great mix of colors, but somehow it doesn't make me want to have them for myself. It does make me feel like going to outer space. ;)

x
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Pratishtha Durga said...

Hmmm... Mr Chalayan's collections always do this to me. There is great fashion wizardry and theatrical element to it... but in terms of real wearability, it takes a bit of a beating. They are gorgeous designs, but isn't fashion for wearing? Or does it transcend into the realm of pure art, where a design is for the sake of design, and has no other purpose?

theceelist said...

Interesting!

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Anna said...

could this be you in like 60 years? http://s3.amazonaws.com/hgl/assets/3346/blue_hair_blog.jpg

naomemandeflores said...

Totally new year's eve sunglasses!!!

Blanchine. said...

Hussein Chalayan is the classical "I would like to be there LIVE" fashion show for me! Lucky you Tavi!

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LaArmoire said...

I like only a few dresses !!! The glasses are OK!!

HAL said...

i like the prints but not crazy about the collection overall, which is unusual for me. good review!

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lang said...

I don't see a cohesive story here. Two long dresses with a slit. A dress just above the knee, a dress at the knee. Shorts 2in above knee, shorts mid thigh. Seems to be all over the place. Something you could wear to the boardroom, something you couldn't wear anywhere...actually, a couple of things you couldn't wear anywhere. Missed this one, I think.

Patinista said...

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Just gave you a shout out on my blog.

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LadyNoir said...

cool,very.

Ella Unread said...

Wow...I like the two last ones...I mean, I know runways show trends but at the same time those two outfits are totally wearable :) love it! And your blog :D congrats Tavi! You are a bright girl!

Anna said...

Your blog has just been featured in the Danish breakfast television - I predict a lot of Danish readers today ;)
Love your blog!

LaArmoire said...

Hi rookie I 'm your big fan I love your way of thinking and wearing the fashion. I do ha the Polish ELLE they have write about you you look great there, from what part of Chicago are you ?

P.S You have very beautiful red shoes who has made them ?

Jean-Pierre MATTEI whom is just a HUGE FASHION STAR !... {^_^} ... said...

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Helloooooooo....
The glasses ??...Top !
And i also like the third dress from the left .
Kiss !
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goldminetrashvintage said...

Haha. Those glasses are sooo great. And I thought of the New Years Glasses (r.i.p.) as well.

Agata Bonaccorso said...

wow great look... my collections are most beauty! ^:^
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Meurice said...

Great Review-- nothing gets by you, tavi! ;)

Clare said...

Love a dad joke or two! Also love this collection, love the tones, cut and general theme of it all.

Chalayan rarely does wrong in my book.

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x

Diana Q. said...

hahaha New Year's eve sunglasses.

I love your blog,
xoxo

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karen said...

Jayne Pierson just showed at Paris Fashion Week and the collection 'Titania's Dream' looked so amazing. I wish I could afford all of it! I seriously can't wait until next season apparently, she has some surprises for her catwalk show at London Fashion Week S/S 2011!!

Anastasia and Duck said...

I seriously want a pair of those "New Year's Eve" sunglasses!!!

danniekate said...

if it's any consolation, i was so bad at sports at school that i used to just get sent to pick up the gear afterwards and carry it back in shame. now i'm in sixth form i can choose my subjects. nearly burned my gym kit :D
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Terroso said...

me and my best friend spent hours, and i mean hours in a row dissecating every collection we could put our eyes on. and coming to chalayan we were kinda... we were sad we weren't liking there was some indefinable feel. but then we went separate ways and the only thing we remembered was his work. your saavyness comes exactly when you say that after mediating you found the sense and the wonder of this collection

schnelle.tour said...

Love love love the marage idea... even the way the some of the clothes move and flow is like a marage!

tavi; your search is genious!

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