By  on February 29, 2008

Certain designers relish playing with big ideas and avant shapes, and they did so for fall, with varying degrees of success.

Hussein Chalayan: Fashion loves themes — but can anyone think of a designer who has tackled the evolution of humanity? It would seem that no concept is too big for Hussein Chalayan, he of the esoteric tricks, from dresses that double as chairs to disappearing mechanical gowns. As with any proper story, Chalayan divided his narrative into chapters. First came nonexistence, conveyed in draped, textured and printed dresses and tailored jackets worn with slim trousers. Nice, approachable fare with a modern allure.

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