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Turkish Delight


Hussein Chalayan is the consummate thinking girl’s designer. Last year, Turkish denim brand Mavi announced it was teaming with the cerebral clothier, who is of Turkish Cypriot heritage, for its first designer collaboration. “Jeans hold an important place in my life. They are like my second skin,” Chalayan told “The collaboration was a chance to work with denim specialists—it wasn’t just about the fabric itself but also learning about the construction methods and machinery. And Mavi being Turkish was an added bonus.” Arriving in stores tomorrow, the twenty-one-piece capsule features dark-wash, high-stretch denim. Details such as mesh panels, elastic bands, and bonded tape give the ultra-slim stovepipes, hot shorts, and sheath dresses a decidedly sporty look (as creative director of Puma since 2008, Chalayan knows a thing or two about athletic apparel). “Mavi understood my ideas and worked hard to turn them into reality,” said Chalayan.

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