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Hussein Chalayan Spring 2013 Runway Review

Who knew that Hussein Chalayan would show a collection filled with clothes that actually look like they could easily sell? Chalayan has created some of the most dazzlingly high-tech garments over the years, but his audience has more often than not been very niche. Spring 2013, however, is filled with utterly wearable, sportswear-influenced (particularly tennis) pieces that, while commercially viable, still retain Chalayan's cerebral approach to design.

Starting things off with boxy shapes, Chalayan presented rigid button-downs, menswear-inspired dresses, and stiff outerwear, but the proportions of these pieces were so on point that despite their angled cuts one could easily imagine these garments casually being worn on a warm spring day.

Clean-lined lightly pleated and flared skirts, sunhat/visor fusion hats, cuffed tops, and wide knee-length trousers all added to the approachable effortless appeal of the collection. The most notable looks were white outerwear pieces with brightly contrasting yellow panels and marble-printed dresses, notably one that outlined a female figure against a white backdrop.

Looks like being named the creative director of Puma is really serving the designer well.