Runway Review: Chalayan Spring 2015

When it comes to a multifunctional approach to clothing, there’s consistently Hussein Chalayan‘s name amongst the roster. Add technology and innovation to that concept and he becomes a pioneer. Spring/summer 2015 is no different, featuring intelligent, unconventional cuts, molten silhouettes and feminine layers.

A multifunctional approach was evident from the beginning, with oh-so-covetable headscarves that were also wrap-around sunglasses. This season’s overarching inspiration came from North Africa, Spain, trees and irrigation – the nod to forestry came in naive pattern-form, whilst water systems informed grid-like prints and embroideries. The palette was predominately monochrome, apart from subtle infusions of dove grey, powder blue and the sweet reoccurring tree motif in forest green.

The collection felt light-hearted and whilst fluid halterneck dresses with soft gathers or pleats and mid-length racer-backed dresses with layered skirts were entirely wearable, there were injections of ideas a little more otherworldly. We loved the long-line tuxedo jackets paired with loose-fitting trousers, complete with thigh-high splits. A bathing suit with a deep v-neck and a flirty prom dress appeared simple too, but on seeing the back view, they had extensions to the garment that would morph and reconfigure outfits.

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