Jul 12, 2017 | By Carlene Thomas Bailey
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New York: Richard Chai’s main message this season was layering–shirts under sweaters under jackets under coats under jackets. This layering of flannel plaid shirts, relaxed anoraks, puffa jackets, parkas and slouched trousers created a grunge-like effect that still remained neat. Although the layering is on point, Chai’s collection is less eclectic than the urban nomad trend, sticking with the New York City streets as his locale. Muted awning stripes, mixed plaids and a brooding palette exuded a downtown aesthetic with a grown-up grunge guy dressing for cold city winters. This theme put outerwear in the forefront with fur-collar parkas, quilted bomber jackets and patterned trench coats. Chai’s suit of choice this season was a casual 6DB suit complete with a slim jacket and relaxed trousers. – Matt Feniger
Theme: Urban Winter Layering
Key Items: anoraks / slim stripes trousers / tailored topcoats / pull-over tops / utility tunic shirts / patterned trench coats / relaxed slouch trousers / utility shackets / puffa jackets / fur-collar parkas / 6DB suit / quilted bomber jackets / pull-over hoodie sweatshirts
Colour: navy / black / burgundy / charcoal grey / silver grey / taupe / olive / winter white / heather grey / metallic blue
Materials + Trim: cotton / wool / silk / nylon / vinyl / fleece
Prints + Pattern: muted awning stripes / flannel plaids / textural print
Accessories + Footwear: oversized scarves / headbands / soft neckerchiefs / chunky winter boots with hidden laces
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