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Richard Chai

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GRUNGE LUXE

New York:  After a season of sporty, lightweight volume, Richard Chai turned the corner towards a sophisticated version of grunge for F/W 10. Even though many of the pieces shown on the runway were in fact basics any man could use in his wardrobe (plaid flannel shirts, a leather jacket, black boots, and a chambray shirt), it was the layering effects and subtle details that made them stand out. The leather bomber jacket was designed with a shawl collar, giving new life to a masculine classic. A flannel parka was layered with a black quilted vest and the plaid shirts were pieced with contrasting patterns. With fingerless gloves, combat boots and shirts wrapped around the waist, it was almost a vision for how godfather of grunge, Kurt Cobain, would dress today.

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