Richard Chai: Color and Sophistication
A New Yorker himself, Richard Chai stepped into the fashion industry at an early age. He is a Parsons School of Design Graduate and began his career with an internship at Geoffrey Beene. After graduating he ventured to Paris, studied at the Lissa School and worked as a sketcher at Lanvin. Once returning to New York Chai worked with numerous designers such as Armani, Donna Karan, Marc Jacobs’, and TSE. Finally though, after gaining much experience in 2004 Richard Chai formed his own company. He designs clothing for both males and females. His Men’s spring 2012 collection though made a great statement on the runway.
Chai showed his men’s and women’s spring collections together, which I feel was a very bold and innovative idea. Chai felt that many collections were dull and he wanted to brighten things up and he did just that, he added many bold colors to his spring collection as well as florals. It was great to seeing all the bold colors he brought to the runway for this spring. Now we have all seen skaters and hipsters’ right? Well Chai ‘s collection portrayed a grown-up skater/hipster look. He made these looks more sophisticated and polished, which needed to be done. Baggy shorts with a fun pattern, a fitted colorful polo, and a blazer to pull the entire look together. That is a great look for guys and a very innovative way to mature looks seen on the streets today.
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