Oct 16, 2018 | By Nigel Taylor
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New York: For S/S 12, Richard Chai incorporated energetic colors, futuristic patterns and peppy feminine silhouettes into his trademark grunge looks. Uninhibited styling and beauty felt happy and fun, but ensembles retained the casual-cool vibe that Chai’s clothes are known for. Dresses and skirts were layered over skinny pants and shorts; some pants even had front-panel kilt attachments. Masculine outerwear and boyish camp shirts balanced girly skirts and elegant drapery, while geometric cutouts were modernly seductive. –Whitney Kessler
Silhouette: Dresses and skirts over pants / A-line / Long and languid / Slim and straight
Color: Golden yellow / Navy / Coral / Melon / Grape / Cobalt / Plum / Pool blue / True orange / Sea foam green / White / Fiery red
Key Items: “Biker” short / Slim, straight trouser / Kilt pant / Camp shirt / Blazer / A-line dress / Safari jacket / Sarong skirt / Printed onesie
Materials: Cotton canvases and sateens / Cotton-linen blends / Nylon mesh / Silk / Polyester jersey / Mercerized cotton
Prints + Patterns: Techno iris and rose prints / Linear snakeskin pattern / Chevrons / Stripes
Details + Trim: Pieced constructions / Pearl beading / Cutouts / Zipper closures / Raglan cuts / Sheer overlays / Contrast stitching / Draping and ruching / Sheer insets / Body mapping
Accessories + Footwear: Patent leather and patterned oxfords / Wide-brimmed straw hats / Cage sandals
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