12 September 2011

Richard Chai SS12: Refined casual wear

Even though it's time for womenswear to steal the lime light it's nice for some designers to show their menswear collections during New York Fashion Week.
Richard Chai has been one of my favourite NY menswear designers for a while. His SS12 collection was full of brilliantly made pieces for cool people. But there's no room for pretentiousness.
The jackets were some of my favourites. The cropped three-button blazers have been made for casual days. They look tailored but relaxed. The same goes for the shorts –they're a perfect three-quarter length and fitted but not straining.
I loved the smart classic shoes with blue and orange soles, which we had already seen at Jil Sander but in this case they feel a lot more approachable and wearable day-to-day.
The prints and colours were interesting but not overpowering. Even the flower prints seemed really relaxed and masculine. Now it's just painful I have to wait so long to wear these...!

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