Shade, shields and a Sunday sermon by Hussein Chalayan

The School Of Life is one of those indispensable institutions if you live in a big city like London, a bit like relying on the tube to get us from Brixton to Goodge Street, quickly! The School of Life helps us navigate the challenges of living together as a society (one of their classes teaches you "How To Be Cool") . So my friend Rein and I went along to one of their talks on Sunday (or a Sunday sermon, as they are known) to understand what it's like to be an outsider, on the pulpit was Hussein Chalayan.

Chalayan spoke about growing up between (his divided country) Cyprus and the UK, the challenges of fitting in...and ultimately deciding not to. He feels like a migrant - dislocated, never settled and this helps him to stay curious and driven to explore. To be multiple and more than just a Cypriot or a Brit. To transform and grow both as a fashion designer and as an artist...or rather as an artist expressing himself through the fashion code.

Here is one of the quotes that really stuck in my mind: "If you can't fit in within a culture, bond with people that are from a dual background like you". This is something I identify with a lot and coming from a dual background too (my mum is South African and my dad is Italian) this is one of the things I love about London, it's a magnet for people that belong to more than one culture, so if you are a misfit...you are likely to fit-in over here!

After a looooong diversion (which I am famous for!) here is what I actually wanted to talk about in this post: Hussein Chalayan's sunglasses of course! Or shields, sunhats and foldable temples. I wonder if creating shade (which is not darkness nor light) like a lot of his "sunglasses" do has anything to do with his dual nature...

still from Place to Passafe -www.husseinchalayan.com

photo by Don Ashby & Olivier Claisse

photo by Don Ashby & Olivier Claisse

photo by Don Ashby & Olivier Claisse

photo by Don Ashby & Olivier Claisse
photo by Don Ashby & Olivier Claisse

photo by Don Ashby & Olivier Claisse

photo by Don Ashby & Olivier Claisse


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