Palladium In Paris

Posted on 17 April 2012

Palladium neckline on Hussein Chalayan evening dressesFollowing the introduction at London Fashion Week of the world’s newest precious metal, Palladium,  it was Paris Fashion Week’s turn to host an exciting collaboration between the International Palladium Board and designer Hussein Chalayan.  A partnership made in heaven and predicted to maximise both the talents of the designer and the properties of the worlds’s most exciting precious metal.

In this, his first dalliance with Palladium, Hussein Chalayan showcased the metal’s principal attributes – lightness and strength –  in his Domisilent Collection, where it took pride of place built into the necklines of two floor-sweeping evening dresses. Designed specifically to challenge conventional red carpet outfits, Chalayan is quoted as saying, “Often red carpet dressing is, in my view, very predictable. I thought it was quite a nice take on how you can have something a bit technical looking, but on an evening dress”

The use of Palladium in Chalayan’s Autumn/Winter 2012 Collection is tipped to be just the starting point for this gifted designer and darling of the fashion world, whose career since he graduated from Central St.Martins almost two decades ago, boasts a partnership with Comme des Garçons, the role of creative director at Asprey and Puma, an MBE in 2006  and winner of The Outstanding Lifetime Achievement to Design at the FX International Interior Design Awards, London in 2009.  Indeed, following the rapturous response to the use of Palladium in his Domisilent collection Chalayan is rumoured to be working on using this new precious metal in his Ready to Wear Collection.

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