Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall ’12. Richard Chai LOVE’s Appetence for Structure

February 9, 2012 • Fashion Blog, Fashion Shows, New York Fashion Week Fall '12

Summary: For Richard Chai LOVE, the designer to keep the Fall/Winter 2012 collection for both men and womens decidedly masculine. The LOVE lineup definitely kept in theme with the mens with its boxy outwear with over-sized pockets and boyfriend blazers. To keep things feminine, the more masculine items were paired with pieces such as flowery, printed A-line dresses and sheer pleated skirts.

The designer did try some tricks. With more of the simple sleeveless tops, pleating details were added in the lower corners of the tops. Belted waist were another addition to add curves to what would have been a masculine silhouette. A dark striped motif dominated the clothing while a slight violet tie-dye accented the wide leg pants and dresses later on in the show.

It seems that over time, this collection has gotten more commercial. The designers seems to have strayed a little from his more vibrant endeavors and catered towards more of a selling point of view. Though I suspect that many of these pieces will be flying off the shelves, it won’t be for the design aesthetic… it will just be for the Richard Chai name.

Color Palette: black, burgandy, rose, charcoal, navy, cobalt, olive, white, violet, ivory, slate, midnight, putty, chocolate, blood

Fabric & Textures: tweed, wool, cashmere, cotton, knit, leather, stretch crepe, jersey, neoprene, wool cashmere, corduroy, plaid

Key Looks: Tie-dye sleeveless a-line dress with charcoal tweed overcoat; Long-sleeve striped A-line knee-length skirt with leather piping, black leather belt; Floral printed and black sleeveless top with detailed side-pleating, pleated twirl skirt

– Taneisha Jordan


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