Good news for fans of conceptual fashion, because Hussein Chalayan is back! And this time he’s created range for mere mortals, as opposed to museum curators and editors of intellectual fashion journals. It’s going to be called Chalayan Grey Line, and will launch at the imminent New York fashion week. The objective of the new label, which comes in addition to the designer’s runway line, is to be a capsule collection of key pieces designed to be ‘a wardrobe with a modern relevance,’ according to the design house.
We are proud to bring you the first look at some pictures of the collection, as well as re-living some of our top Hussein Chalayan moments from the past. Chalayan Grey Line ‘spotlights clean designs that play with proportions, such as cotton slip dresses, a simple shift dress with inventive draped details at the back and light outerwear in cocoon shapes. The line is done in a palette of white, gray, sage and tea rose, with a flash of tangerine' according to WWD. The spring collection will be shown to buyers at The News showroom during New York Fashion Week and is priced from about £88 for a top, through to £460 for outerwear.’ And we think we most certainly need one of those!
Hussein Chalayan really was a one-of-a-kind designer when he burst onto the scene in 1993 (he was a contemporary of Lee McQueen at Central Saint Martin’s College) who completed his MA the same year as Hussein completed his BA) with a graduate collection of silk dresses that he wanted to be really fragile and aged, so he buried them in his garden and then dug them up again. Browns of South Molton Street snapped up the collection immediately and the rest is history.
- Naomi Attwood