Dispatches from Spring '12

Richard Chai

This season Richard Chai chose to show his men’s collection in conjunction with Love, his women’s line. Lincoln Center is a big stage, and making the most of it makes a lot of sense. Also, the links between the two collections were strong: flower and Ikat prints made appearances on both sides of the aisle, as did pops of color, be it on the soles of the shoes or in the form of a blaze orange blazer.  Color and texture took on a sporty edge in the layered pieces of many looks: mesh tanks (in pink) were layered under button fronts and baseball jackets (in crème). That same mesh came as a trench, a shirt, or as a warm-up jersey over a button front. The athletic notes show Chai knows his customer and his audience: Amare Stoudemire and D. Wade were both front row.

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