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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Subdued Cool at Richard Chai Fall 2012

Shout-out to my fellow Parsons School of Design alumni Richard Chai.  He has been one of the more notable successes from my graduation year.  He just landed a collaboration with boot brand Palladium and is the darling of men's and women's hipster threads.

At Parsons, we used to joke that black and grey were the official school colors.  It seems he brought that reference back as the first half of the show were variations of black and grey separates or stripes.  There was a bit more color added in the form of very subdued hues of navy and russet along with the black and grey.

This is a designer that manages to show men's and women's looks seamlessly, so they actually look like they come from the same collection.  Richard Chai isn't doing anything earth-shattering, but wearable.  Some of the jackets had odd proportions. The over-sized 3/4 coats on women looked like she was borrowing from her father, and the short, wide double breasted jackets on the men just looked ill fitting.

More school references... The giant backpacks seemed to be a throwback to all of the supplies we used to have to carry to class. At the risk of dating myself, Chai also had modernized versions of Morissey songs as the soundtrack.  It was the sleep-deprived student's anthem.

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