Cher’s done it. Bono’s done it. So don’t take it as a sign of egoism if Hussein Chalayan, for simplicity’s sake, has rebranded himself as a one-name wonder. The avant-garde designer can do no wrong in our book, especially as his pieces are as much about process as they are about the final results. We’ll have two particular reasons to fete him in the coming months: On July 21 he’ll debut his first fragrance, Airborne, at London’s Dover Street Market, while on Sept. 6 Rizzoli will publish worldwide a monograph of his work.
Produced by Comme des Garcons, Airborne is a unisex scent with notes of neroli, lemon, bergamot, lentiscus, juniper berry, incense, musk, and cedarwood. Chalayan created some pretty gorgeous packaging for it that hints at a Mediterranean ideal with palm trees and houses nestled within a cliff; the inside flap of the box has a watercolor scene of an old-timey ship with sails skirting a harbor. Airborne—named after Chalayan’s 2007 fashion collection—will be stocked at all Chalayan boutiques around the globe by the end of July.
Need some context to Chalayan’s oeuvre? Then his eponymous book should do the trick. Edited by art and fashion expert Robert Violette, the comprehensive tome will cover Chalayan’s complete body of fashion and creative work—including his installations, videos, and photographs. Projects included range from a paper dress that can be folded into an envelope and airmailed, and a coffee table that reveals itself to be a wooden skirt.
Rizzoli's forthcoming Hussein Chalayan book