RICHARD CHAI SPRING/SUMMER 2014

WORKING ALL THE RIGHT ANGLES

And we’re off.  Just as you feel the warm summer beginning to wane, up pops Mercedes-Benz Spring/Summer 2014 Fashion Week, and you’re reminded that, somewhere, in the distance, as a reward for enduring the coming trials of winter, summer will be back.  And we’re all going to need clothes.

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For me, Fashion Week began with Richard Chai and his light and airy, geometrically-inspired “Love” collection, matched with his much more masculine menswear.

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The “Love” began with a pure white blouse topping white-with-red horizontal-striped pants and a white pencil skirt.  What followed was a summer celebration in red and white:  cool dresses in wavy prints, the brightest red pantsuit with wide, wide legs, even a few pops of poppies under the softest leather biker jacket or a flowing red top.

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The patterns were wild, but not blindingly so.  They played up the angular theme perfectly with lines and spaces, circles and squares.  The red turned to a vivid blue, then black and white and even a bright green tartan, nearly all of it anchored in crisp summer white.

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His menswear line was also basic white, a clean look that took you back to a different era with pops of blue and bright orange.  His partnership with Andrew Marc leathers meant a heavy focus on the fabric, a little unusual in a spring collection.  But, mixed with the lightness of his other materials, and the beautiful mix of textures, he really pulled it off.

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For those who are a bit color-phobic, there was a generous selection of blacks for both men and women:  skirts, tops, suits and slacks. That carried through his party wear, sequined and sparkly for fun summer nights on the town.

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Chic and fun and young, Richard Chai set the perfect tone for the week to come, and the summer that will be back a mere nine months from now.

Photography: Anton Brookes

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