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Richard Chai: Casual Layers and Smudges of Black Paint

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Richard Chai: Casual Layers and Smudges of Black Paint
Catherine Blair Pfander
Richard Chai: Casual Layers and Smudges of Black Paint

Catherine Blair Pfander

As in his women's diffusion line, LOVE, Richard Chai pursued heavy layering in his men's collection, which focused on lightweight knits and multi-plaid shirting combinations.

It may not have been the most focused of line-ups, nor was there much to decipher in the way of design inspiration (maybe we're missing something?), but Chai succeeded in crafting a very wearable and highly sellable men's collection.  Wholesalers like Barneys, Saks, Bergdorf's and so on will revel in his range of tissue-weight henleys and slim-collared oxfords, and the universally appealing palette of purple-greys, blacks, and navy blues is sure to get him some retail lovin'.

More experimental were the plaid shirts smeared with black paint in an ombre-esque fade, or the almost Shakespearean-looking coat with massive, pouf sleeves. Fashionable fellas are sure to get a kick out of Chai's practical, heavy duty parkas, skinny-fit blazers and tie-waist pants, which can be mixed and matched every which way.  There was something for everybody to love, but we can't help wishing he'd focused a bit more on designing a collection for the sake of its art, rather than its sales.

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