Monday, October 27, 2008

Runway Review - Richard Chai

Richard Chai seemingly burst on the scene in 2004 to much acclaim but his Target collaboration made him a household name in the US. The New Jersey native has been hard at work for a long time from internships at Geoffrey Beene, sketching at Lanvin, an assistant design position at A/X to design director at Marc by Marc Jacobs. His is story of success built upon hard work to achieve the American Dream. This season I was uber curious to see this collection, as it was reported that Anna Wintour clapped for a second as Richard Chai took a bow. More...The show started with a series of boyish, sporty charm with gauzy layers of white, taupe and pastels. Softly tailored pants with rolled cuffs and cropped vests with floaty chiffon lent a casual ease to this collection.
Chai also showed sequins, but in a subtle pewter color, sometimes layered on top and other times subtly layered beneath. Giving women the option to wear things differently.
There were a few bold hand drawn plaid looks in fuschia and electric blue, but my favorite looks came towards the end of the runway show when the richer, deeper colors took center stage shown in delicate chiffon flounces and soft cuffed shorts or pants. The looks were kept clean by the addition of tailored pieces for balance.

A couple sheer black flouncy long dresses closed the show.
Overall I thought there were definitely a lot of wearable options and separates that give women to mix and match their wardrobes without having fashion dictated to them. Although pale tones dominated the majority of the looks, I liked the darker bohemian looks best.

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