Richard Chai's subdued and minimalist line-up left some longing for his voluminous creations of past years, but the seemingly effortless beauty of his versatile and edited offerings presented something different from all the complex multi-layered and heavy militarized trends we've seen this past week. His lean silhouette consisted only of a few pieces per look leaving the play on proportion to thigh-high lightweight cardigans and cropped double-breasted jackets. Touches of utilitywear popped up in the arc zipped jumpsuit and elbow length fingerless gloves. Smokey browns, charcoal, beige and petrol stained shirts heightened the industrial tone but in an uncanny romantic and simplistic sort of way. Tone-on-tone combinations offset the blocking of mixed plaid shirts while ultra cropped jackets accentuated the three-quarter lengths of ribbed cardigans. Shawl collared leather jackets, soft henleys and fitted rolled-up cotton pants topped off the collection. One vibrant cobalt blue parka added an unexpected punch of color, but overall Chai showcased a back to basics mentality that was both refreshing but also a bit safe.
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