Inspired by the sporty but cozy looks on the street, Richard Chai, an American fashion designer known for his works with Marc by Marc Jacobs, as well as two labels for Cristiano Ronaldo, has unveiled his Richard Chai fall/winter 2015-2016 collection on the New York Fashion Week’s first day of shows. Lately, we’ve seen a very nicely oiled up and gladiator-style fit Cristiano Ronaldo presenting his underwear collection in collaboration with Richard Chai for a third time… he definitely makes for a hunky model and appears to be back on the singles market. Chai knows what he’s doing here, it appears. The underwear will sell and with it will raise the name of Richard Chai, the man behind the pieces that also had our eyes glued to the screen today, but for very different reasons. Instead of men’s underwear, we are looking at some incredibly intriguing women’s ready-to-wear pieces that will be out with a rage for the fall and winter seasons.
There seems to be a focus on trousers for the Richard Chai fall/winter 2015-2016 collection, making the women appear to be more like men in clothing that is both utilitarian and practical as it is stylish. The hems are slashed sometimes, coming up to mid-calf or just above the ankles, while layers placed upon layers are a common trend across the board. The whole of the collection focuses on the heavier looks, the more boyish charms and a somewhat gloomy color palette, which do little to lift the mood. When it comes to the hues chosen, we are staring at dark reds, navy inspirations and a whole lot of black, from the coats to the skirts, to the pants and the shoes. Yes, we did mention skirts, as they appear in tandem with the pants, in equal amounts. They are often a midi length, though there are a few micro versions and maxi skirts as well among the mix. We also see a navy and dark brown striped matching duo version that’s at a normal mini length coming to just above mid-thigh. At the beginning of the show we do have some white and grey pieces as well, but they are too few to count as a trend themselves.
The shoes… we should really make a mention of those utilitarian half boots with their lacings in the front and the high platform all around. They exist with the laces and then the shiny leather half boots with their side buckles, all in black, perfectly austere. It’s hard to imagine this line with more color as it somehow reminds us of an industrial period, of “Brave New World” and so many aspects of “The Giver” in its color scheme and general outlook. It is sporty, and it is certainly cozy, but what really appears to be the inspiration is the cold, sunless regions of the world wherein one would not survive without multiple layers protecting the body from the chill and the frost of the never-ending winters. It’s a great collection, but we need a bit of sunshine after such darkness put on display for the duration of the show. It really is fitting for a fall/winter line-up.
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