spring 2014: chalayan

Chalayan's Spring 2014 collection, entitled 'Breeze Corridor' felt like a delightful stroll down the French Riviera on a beautiful spring day, when the winter has cleared and the heat has just begun to roll in.  It featured all of our favourite summery things: beach towns, light layers, cool fabrics and sorbet colours.  Chayalan then added in his house signatures: gorgeous digital prints, impeccable cuts, luxurious fabrics and an element of transformation.  Yes, that's right, physical transformation.  Carry-on from the success of his transformative Fall/Winter 2013 dresses, Chalayan introduced a selection of transforming looks for Spring 2014, as well, in the shape of blazers that could be removed and left to hang like a bustle at the back of dresses and skirts.  It's an idea that we have not seen before: leave it to Chayalan to stun us once again!  And let's not forget the perspex hats on a stick.  Our must-have summer accessory for the coming year!  Congratulations, Hussein, on yet another incredibly creative and beautiful collection!

Your summer essential: the striped velour beach town, remained as a mini dress for day and a column gown for evening.

The watercolour-esque print that was actually a very blurred-out melange of photos of couples kissing on the beach.

One of Chalayan's signature transforming pieces: from what looked like a three-piece look of a jacket, shirt and skirt, to what was actually one piece, where the jacket could be removed and left to hang in the back like a bustle.  Genius!

Anything but your 'typical' little black dresses--Chalayan never bores.

Masterful draping as shown on these two gorgeous modern concoctions.

More prints, this time done on grey for those of us who don't like to wear too much colour.

Chalayan's interpretation of 'minimal': sleek and chic, with clean lines and fablulous shapes.

Floor-length sheer overlays in delicious summery colours.

Modern gowns for the more adventurous fashionista.

And also some more classic gowns with figure-flattering asymmetrical cuts.

The finale piece: another transforming gown that looked like a separate jacket and dress, but was actually one connected piece where the jacket could again be removed and left to hang in the back like a bustle.  So unexpected and so beautiful.


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