As you might have observed on your respective social media platforms, Singapore celebrated the esteemed Audi Fashion Festival from May 15th to 19th 2013; featuring exclusive debut shows from Carolina Herrera, Peter Pilotto, and Collette Dinnigan. Saving the best for finale, Hussein Chalayan closed the event with his eye-opening Autumn/Winter 2013 Womenswear collection. On the same night, Chalayan received the "Fashion Visionary Award" for his 20 years of Design Excellence, adding to the streak of achievements including British Designer of the Year twice (in 1999 and 2000) and was awarded the Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) in 2006.
However, we must say, the whole visual feast he shared with our sunny island that night deserves a toast on its own. The British/Turkish Cypriot designer indulged the local fashion scene with his signature conceptual designs. Renowned for his innovative use of materials, meticulous pattern cutting and progressive attitudes towards new technology. His works have extended beyond fashion and made their way into exhibitions at renowned galleries and museums such as Tate Modern, Victoria & Albert Museum, and many more in Tokyo, Berlin and New York.
Join us backstage for a sneak peek of his most exciting collection yet.
The opening sequence features japanese raw denim jeans with the oversized turn-ups, grey sweatshirts with the exaggerated seams and sleeves, the covetable wool blazers with a funnel neck and seamed shift dresses with a modern slit.
All great tailored essentials we could easily pick out from an ideal wardrobe to wear again and again, but wait for it...
At one point, the models started "peeling their clothes off" - as Chalayan frolicked with form and duality - stripped a black blouse down only to reveal a beautiful evening printed dress blooming underneath.
The prints themselves deserve an honourable mention; a dynamic medley of colours on silk chiffon, running down in stripes like a blurry night shot of bustling city lights.
But what truly stole the show aside from the transforming outfits was the 3D texture on a pair of two-tone trousers and two dresses towards the end that resembled a tree bark, or a crusty artist's palette with multilayered paint, cracking with age.
Hussein Chalayan truly showcased his inimitable skills in this collection, blending utility with emotive nostalgia.
LaPrendo is proud to present some of Hussein Chalayan's exclusive, must-have pieces to you, coming soon in our online store and Dempsey boutique. Stay tuned to this space and further email notifications.
Until we meet again on another exciting event!