by Penny Martin .

The walk through at Hussein Chalayan

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The vast and ambitious topic of 'evolution' was the theme of Hussein Chalayan's A/W '08-09 collection. To an entertaining beatbox/accapella soundtrack performed by a group of singers to the right of stage, the looks mapped the history of the universe, from the big bang -depicted in mechanical dressses with moving Swarovski crystals- to agricultural societies -lush, tufted knits in a myriad of greens- and primitive life -boulders for beaded necklaces and as the prints on lovely print dresses. Sounds dark but the whimsical choir kept it light and upbeat.