Friday, October 8, 2010

NYFW Spring 2011: Richard Chai

While Richard Chai's show was one that we didn't get a chance to see (the timing didn't jive with our schedules), it was one that I would have loved to catch. As mentioned previously, Chai collaborated with Original Penguin for a capsule collection which debuted on the runway this fashion week. A total of 8 pieces were shown which included polos, tanks and cardigans.

Penguin is most known for their polos which often come in solid colors with piped detailing around the collar and cuffs or in subtle prints. Chai's addition to the line reworks Penguin's staple - the polo, into something completely different while showcasing Chai's personal aesthetic. Squared shoulders, oversized/dropped armholes, color blocking and prints all made their way into the pieces which holds true to form for Chai.

Chai's line incorporated more color than most menswear shows that I saw which was nice. Military and deep forest greens were plentiful as were shades of purple and soft gray tones. Part of the reason why I dig Chai's menswear line is because of the effortless slouchiness vibe his pieces emit which never end up looking sloppy. Cool and casual is definitely the way to go.

A large portion of the collection showcased sheerness through meshed and striped burnout pieces. I also appreciated Chai's use of layering with the sheerer fabric pieces as it helped to balance out the looks. On a personal note - this summer was all about the burnout T for me. I seriously thought I was going to die from heat so burnout T's were my choice of clothing since they yield a lighter fabric weight (due to fabric erosion) which definitely comes in handy in NY's 100+ degree weather.

All images courtesy of WWD

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