May 29, 2019 | By Alice Gividen
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New York: Richard Chai’s chameleonic nature sees his aesthetic reinvent itself season after season: For Spring, Chai took a trip down memory lane to 90’s New York and it’s suburban anarchy, referencing the cliques and posses – from the jocks to the skaters – injected with his signature loosely tailored, layered handwriting. Chai recollected album covers of the era, adorning t-shirts and collarless Henley’s with bold, abstracted graphics, screaming new-wave rebellion into an otherwise muted colour palette. Tailoring came in oversized, cropped proportions – awkward and brilliantly gawky- in windowpane plaids and seersucker stripes. Bold contrast hand stitching highlighted preppy outerwear and suiting, while ribbed bombers were offered in technical nylon reconstructed with diagonal zippers. This was Chai’s take on a modern clique – these boys don’t play by the rules. – Anna Ross
Theme: The Modern Clique
Key Items: Two-piece suit, Cropped trousers, Trench coat, Collarless Henley, Bermuda short, Sleeveless tank, voluminous trouser
Colour: Ecru, Dark green, Mushroom, Grey, Yellow, Pale Pink, Sky Blue, Cobalt blue, Hot pink.
Materials and Trims: Open weave linen, Technical Nylon, Cotton Poplin, Jersey, Seersucker, Wool.
Print and Pattern: Window-plane plaids, Seersucker stripes, Abstracted album artwork,
Accessories and Footwear: Lace-up hi-tops, Colour-blocked sneakers, D-ring belts, Hi-shine patent trainers
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