Hussein Chalayan Makes Melt-Away Clothing

Hussein Chalayan may not be one of the best known fashion designers in the world, but he's certainly one of the most respected within the industry. He consistently finds new, intelligent ways to seamlessly blend clothing and technology. His latest design offerings are no exception, — Chalayan debuted two melt-away dresses for his Spring/Summer 2016 collection, according to Styleite.

The designer has a way of expertly making fashion dreams a reality, pushing the boundaries between clothing and art. At Chalayan's SS16 show at the Palais des Beaux-Arts during Paris Fashion Week, the designer had two models come out in what appeared to be supremely tailored white lab coats made from a waxy paper. As water poured down upon them, the coats slowly dissolved, dropping away to reveal gorgeous, sparkling couture gowns beneath.

Considering Chalayan's past use of technology to make serious statements about the world of fashion, it seems likely his disappearing coats could have an underlying message. The jackets appear to be a commentary on how very disposable fashion is today for most people, including many other designers. Maybe I'm over-thinking it, but the metaphor is pretty spot-on. Take a look at the gorgeous display in the video below.

Though Chalayan may steal all the headlines for his jaw-dropping sartorial antics, he's certainly not the only designer making a major statement with unwearable pieces on the runway. This season, these seven designers proved they are all far more interested in shocking your sense of good taste and decorum than winding up in the back of your closet.


1. Moschino

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Jeremy Scott knows how to make an outlandish statement piece into something all the superstars are going to be fighting each other to wear. His reign at Moschino thus far has proven he can elevate even your standard slogan tee to the level of pure chic. So don't be surprised when you start seeing It-girls cropping up everywhere in one of his Big Bird-esque feathered ensembles.

2. Rick Owens

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Owens is an expert at blowing the minds of the many guests at his runway shows in Paris. Season after season, he finds a way to push viewers' buttons. For his SS16 collection, Owens strapped models to one another to make a statement about both how our society treats women, but also their inherent strength.

3. Chromat

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New York-based brand brand Chromat's latest collection explored the idea of clothing as armor, a sentiment perfectly encapsulated in this dress that looks like a mix between bondage wear and the exoskeleton of an Amazonian beetle. Sure, you won't be able to sit down, but you'll also have a built-in deterrent against unwanted advances.

4. Rick Owens (Again)


Owens really can't seem to help himself when it comes to shocking an uptight fashion crowd! His men's show earlier this year featured numerous designs with cutouts placed directly over the models' genitalia. Wearable? No. Hilarious and a cutting critique of society's double standards when it comes to nudity? Absolutely.

5. Emilio Pucci

Each season seems bring on a new iteration of the totally unwearable shoe. Whether it's laden in mink or ostrich feathers, these flats are undeniably gorgeous, but also completely incapable of carrying you from place to place.

6. Maison Martin Margiela

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Don't get me wrong, I am 100 percent for a fishnet top paired with opera-length silver evening gloves. But the rest of the world may not be as ready to embrace this cutting edge trend as I am.