Chalayan - Past, Present and Future

I was so excited to receive this incredible bible of a book from Rizzoli. I have had the most amazing fortune to work with Hussein Chalayan on his shows in the late nineties, whilst assisting Jane How. The sketches, photographs and show reviews brought memories flooding back that had been tucked away for many years.

Experimental was the key word with these collections. Never following trend just the train of thought in this young designers head. There are beautifully written explanations from key influencers including Rebecca Lowthorpe, who was once a model back in the mid 90's for him and now Fashion Features Director at ELLE magazine.

As the book winds through the labyrinth of seasons, it is a magical story unfolding. The private sketches, workings and interpretations are printed in this fabulous encyclopedia of design. Now based in Paris, Chalayan continues to mould his thinking into visual feasts, be it film installations, clothing or shows.

There are too many illustrations from the book for me to show, I am finding it most agonising choosing these ones.

This London Fashion Week features an unveiling of capsule line GREY - diffusion if you will - but no less thought out. It will be intriguing to see how the lines, fabric and flow have developed these designs for, what I imagine to be aimed at a more youthful, yet highly stylish audience.

I still can recall, even 12 years later, how at the end of the show, Hussein thanked everybody (including the many interns who had worked so hard in the studios) by name. One of my proudest moments. I can only wish the continued great success to a label that should be entrenched every young designer and fashion lovers mind.

Above: This was one of the shows I worked on.