Graphic, Novel: Chalayan Fall 2014

What comes to mind when you hear the words “tear-away dress?” A scantily clad woman of the night, perhaps? Well, Hussein Chalayan made it the theme for his fall collection — in the least sexually provocative way possible, of course.

The collection commenced with a slathering of prints — geometrical and subdued in color. Silhouettes were boxy, from the angular blazers to shin-grazing pencil skirts. In fact, the thigh-high slits were the only hint of sexiness on the runway, until cocktail dresses hit the scene. Then, it was all semi-sheer organza this and shredded bodices that — all done with the utmost taste.

The Cyprus-born designer is no stranger to indulging in theatrics on his runway. After all, this isn’t the first time the Central Saint Martins graduate has used film and art installations to elevate his collection — and it probably won’t be his last.

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