That said, I think the shirt (above) by designer Hussein Chalayan is pretty special -- I stumbled upon it a few weeks ago while perusing the Mr. Porter site. But I'm confident I can come up with a pretty good copy. As it happens, I had three yards of white mercerized cotton poplin in my stash that I thought would be perfect -- bright white, silky smooth, and very opaque -- for a shirt like this one.
I decided that those side panels would need to fold at the exposed edges, so each panel is a double layer of fabric laid atop the regular shirt front.
Here's how things look as of this evening; I still have plenty more to do.
I'm kind excited to see how close a copy I can get to the original shirt. Shameless, right?
In closing, have you ever blatantly knocked off a current or vintage fashion? Do you think it's ethical as long as you're not trying to pass your garment off as an original? I'm looking at it as a creative challenge, especially since I'm making it up as I go; I really don't know exactly how the original shirt was constructed.
Have a great day, everybody!