Hussein Chalayan Pits Simplicity Against Complication for Fall 2014 (Runway Review)

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The Inspiration: The struggle between simplicity and complication — in clothing, but also perhaps in life.

The Look: Forget thinking of this collection as a rainbow of color when put side-by-side because this one's more about the transition from Chalayan's straightforward silhouettes (which are actually not even close to minimal) to more daring pieces. The show begins with draped wool jackets as well as skirts and ends with complicated, collaged, cut-out gowns, intermixing sheer and shiny fabrics. In between you have the same feel, often taking both concepts into the same outfit or even one single garment. There's a kind of tension with these pieces involving the battle between simplicity and embellishment. Some of the pieces do feel jumbled, but the ones that don't are really good.

The Accessories: Platformed T-strap heels and booties, in peach, beige and black.

The Beauty: A deep side-part and berry lips.

The Takeaway: Who wins in the battle of simplicity versus sartorial complication? You do, if you can pull off these looks.

All images: IMAXtree

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