I'm not sure that I'm a fan of the guy, but the Hussein Chalayan exhibition at the Design Museum was something short of enchanting. Personally, Dystopian garb, and mini films where women in pure white suits with pure white faces are curled up in balls in womb-shaped carriages and are zooming off into the horizon, don't do it for me. But suffice it to say, I was very impressed with his creative range. Hoodies with compartments for your drumsticks, gowns with flashy bits and lasers, films featuring Tilda Swinton explaining some sort of clothes-washing process, dresses with arm chair collars. WHAT REALLY DOES GO ON IN THAT HEAD OF HIS? I'd like a slice of it, to be honest; to be so misunderstood, or difficult, as the Times says...
Technically, I should be a fan, as I get a sense of Bjork and Michel Gondry in his pieces, and they are absolute personal favourites (who work together!). Surely, they meet Chalayan for tea and chats occasionally. All in all, it was 4 pounds well spent (student price); otherwise, it probably would've gone to a pint of something. And that's as close to the catwalks and Fashion Week as I feel I can afford this time around. Have a look at my top three Chalayan moments that afternoon:
1. I call it the shaved tulle fairy dress. With a few personal adjustments regarding the length, this might very well be in the running for my wedding dress.
2. Certain cultural and festive aspects of the Fall 2002 collection, which really reminded me of some accents in Etro Spring 2008 RTW , but on steroids. I love dangly, jingly, cultural pieces like these, from Morocco, India, South America and thereabouts. It's very hippie-ish and when I'm not feeling edgy and dark, this earthy exotic look is what I tend to go for next.
3. And S/S 2007. Transformers, the Catwalk rendition? My boyfriend (a die-hard Transformers fan), and myself, bowed down to this that very evening when I watched it again at home and shared it with him (Skip to the 2 minute mark for the action).