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Chalayan SS14

Chalayan SS14

Signature transformative pieces shrug jackets into dresses, in stripes and smudged print

Initial reaction:

The surrealists go to Saint Tropez.

Design identity:

Known for his ‘transformative’ pieces, this season Hussein presented jackets that could be shrugged off into a dress – like pulling off a towel at the beach.

Stand out looks:

The final ticker tape dresses, with loosely woven strips of colour that appeared from under the black and white draped folds. Also, the deceivingly fluid, yet complex structure of the grey and blush bustier dresses with peplums – the fabric seemed to ripple away from the body.

Unexpected details:

The sheer trousers with split to the thigh where the front crease should be, and the snips at the wrists of voluminous coats.

Performance props:

The plastic moulded, translucent sun hats on sticks - a surrealist umbrella.


White rimmed, square sunglasses, with hardware at the bridge, seemed to stand prominent from the model’s face, like those strange eye contraptions you have to wear at the opticians.


From the navy stripe of beach towels, to a hazy beach scene, and bright paint washes.


Breasts, waists and hips were exaggerated through fabric manipulation, a contrast to the seemingly fluid draping and easy silhouette at first glance.

Model behaviour:

Hedvig Palm unwrapping her striped column dress to reveal a white swimsuit in the opening look.