This year at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, Richard Chai showed us he’s good at trying new things. The first being his decision to combine his womenswear and menswear into one runway show; the second, his choice to step outside the box and layer neon separates over his usual designs in grayscale.
Along with the bold pops of turquoise, orange, and pink (from the models’ lips to their shoes), Richard Chai played with makeup and mixed prints flawlessly. Some standout looks:
+ a pink and blue flowered dress with contrasting sleeves and collar, what appeared to be pom-pom trim, and blue lipstick
+ a very hipster-y menswear look of turquoise shorts, striped pink and orange tank, and orange-soled oxfords, topped with a khaki cap
+ a pouty-faced, purple-lipped model in pajama-esque floral pants, pink tank, and striped blazer, and green-soled oxfords
+ a matchy-matchy look for men (that worked!), consisting of a grey button down, grey patterned shorts, grey oxfords, and an orange jacket and socks
Keep your eyes peeled for these trends throughout the week:
+ geometric patterns
+ muted colors with a pop of neon or print
+ the quick return of “pajama-style” clothing (did it ever really leave?)
+ literal “sportwear,” a la Richard Chai menswear
The stylings seemed a bit 40s-inspired, but the overall vibe of the show was fun, hip, and young—and it will definitely have you wishing for summer to return. It was hot in Lincoln Center, and I definitely wanted to swap my tights for some neon shorts straight off the runway!
Looking at the textures and weights of the fabrics, one might describe this collection as “sporty sleepwear.” I’m calling it Richard Chai’s best collection yet.
by Heather (headbandit)
images via New York Times