PARIS, February 27, 2008 – Something amazing took place at Hussein Chalayan’s show: Models broke out in smiles. Not stilted smiles they’d been ordered to wear, but the spontaneous human variety that indicates actual enjoyment. Suddenly you thought: Good Lord, there are people inside these girls! They are actually…living individuals!
At the end, two girls came out in mechanical dresses that, in the darkness, sent out moving spots of light configured to symbolize the big-bang beginning of the universe. They were, as always in a good Chalayan show, astonishing and moving. But somehow, it was the sight of those normally dead-faced models coming to life that was really miraculous.