I once went to a designer sale high up in a Surry Hills warehouse. Upon exiting the lifts, I was greeting by a room full of Hussein Chalayan and Preen pieces all sporting swing tags with big red texta slashes and 75% discounts.
What's a girl to do but spend her rent money of course.
Hussein Chalayan jacket x 1
Hussein Chalayan top x 2
Preen trousers x 1
Buy now, eat tinned beans later...
Background... He's from Turkey, Joan Burnstein of Browns snapped up his St Martins graduation collection for her shop windows, he has been named British designer of the year twice and he's got an OBE.
Before you look this chronological photo album of past season highlights, I'd like to point out how fashion forward Chalayan is in terms of silhouette, fabrication and tulip shapes, high waist, footless leggings, peplums and body conscious, leather dresses, layered sheer fabric all make appearances in his collections years before they turn up in TopShop or Sportsgirl. That means a Chalayan piece is gonna look great and on-trend for years to come... a bit of purchase justification for anyone who considering a Hussein Chalayan purchase but is struggling with the prices.
Hussein Chalayan website