Two seasons ago, Hussein Chalayan sent models down the runway in mechanical dresses. The result was electric, and amazing, and unforgettable. This season, is he planning something equally Star Trek? We hear he's replaced his actual runway with a holographic video, done by the obsessable Nick Knight and his Show Studio crew. Will Gemma beam down, Princess Leah style, from the light board? Stay tuned... UPDATE: WWD has confirmed that Hussein's collection will be shown entirely as video footage shot by Nick Knight. You can watch live on the ShowStudio website at approximately 7 pm Paris time (remember New York is six hours behind Paris).
Enter the World of Hussein Chalayan
LONDON--Possibly the only thing more death-defying than the leap from model to actress is the rarely attempted feat of fashion designer-turned-artist. But for two time "British Designer of the Year" and creative director of PUMA, Hussein Chalayan, these acrobatics are child's play. The Cypriot-born, London-raised designer first came to fashion by way of architecture, not surprising for those familiar with the tremendous technical construction and futuristic materials he is best known for. Think airplane wings, folding table, foam molded car crashes and yes, I am talking about dresses. Chalayan's firs solo art exhibit entitled "I am Sad Leyla" is currently showing at London's Lisson Gallery through October 8. (Definitely stop by in if you're in town for London Fashion Week.)