May 10, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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FRESH & SPORTY
New York: Richard Chai’s Spring concept of lightness was filtered through a sporty lens for the Love collection, and nearly every piece, from fit-and-flare dresses to color-blocked nylon coats, revealed an activewear influence. Zippy little a-line miniskirts were the most prominent key item, often paired with halter bralettes or fitted neoprene t-shirts, while indigo cotton denim looked youthful as an elongated anorak. Subtle sparkling paillette embellishments were nearly lost among Chai’s whitewashed palette, but a multi-dimensional hologram lurex in olive and mauve grounded a series of very cool evening ensembles. Trend-conscious and fresh, S/S 13 successfully struck a wearable yet energetic tone.—Nina Stotler
Silhouette: A-line / Fit and flare / Slim
Color: Ice blue / White / Lavender / Khaki / Slate grey / Charcoal / Gold / Chartreuse / Lemon / Mauve / Olive
Key Items: Flared miniskirts / Halter bralettes / Shift dresses / Zip front jackets / Neoprene t-shirts / Color-blocked nylon coats / Bike shorts / Sequined sweaters / Parkas
Materials: Nylon / Cotton twill / Neoprene / Lurex / Silk / Indigo cotton denim / Jacquard / Pearlized jersey / Crinkled cotton
Print + Pattern: Stripes / Colorblocking / Scribble prints / Abstract florals
Details + Trim: Cut outs / Snap buttons / Zippers / Flanges / Hologram embroidery / Sequins / Patch pockets / Contrast stitching and piping / Peplums
Accessories + Footwear: Lace-up peep-toe ankle boots
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