Richard Chai S/S 13
Richard Chai has spent the last few seasons now combining his men’s show with that of his diffusion Love line, and what may have seemed at first like a cost-saving measure has proven to have its own worthwhile creative merits as well. In a Spring 2013 collection that was all about ease and athleticism, Chai showed pieces for both genders that played off the same themes—light, sheer fabrics; a pale sky blue; high-tech fabrics—with a graphically modernist twist. There was a clean weightlessness to many of the floating skirts, often paired above with tops that looks like sports bras, sometimes livened up with a nubby floral print. The men had equally lightweight pieces of their own, like Alexander Beck’s translucent shirt. There was a sporty color blocking element as well, as in the white daggers slicing down the sides of Miles McMillan’s trousers, or in the strict geometry of Malcolm de Ruiter’s jacket. Chai closed with a series of dazzling, shimmering looks, from Alana Zimmer’s luminous hologram-print dress to Liu Wen’s bejeweled t-shirt, a fitting close to a collection that started off with a breath of fresh air and felt fun and free until the very end.
Text: Jonathan Shia
Photos: Billy Rood for Models.com