Richard Chai S/S 2011, Monday, September 13th, 2010
Back from Richard Chai’s spring/summer 2011 menswear show at Milk Studios and boy what a show it was. It was one of the best I’ve seen all week. The collection had a world traveler element thanks to its earth tone palette, fish net tops and the - ahem! - infamous socks with sandals trend, which has been recurring on the runways this season.
Fashion stylist Robbie Spencer gave the collection a breath of life. There were pieces featured in the collection from Chai’s collaborations with Heutchy (shoes), Albertus Swanepoel (hats) and Laura Lobdell (jewelry). I’m pretty sure many of the editors and buyers approved, especially Phillip Lim who nodded approvingly to the beat of the music.
I give props to Michelle Lee who did a wonderful job casting the models. They truly fit the aesthetic of the collection. However, I would have liked to see more Asian models since Richard Chai is Asian himself.
Overall, I will be keeping tabs on the collection because this is the way men should be dressing come next spring. But, even more, this collection caters to a new generation of men who prefer a more casual lifestyle and wardrobe to reflect it.