Richard Chai Love
June 13, 2011 New York
The full spectrum of menswear and womenswear gives a designer a lot to play with—occasionally too much. Less would have been more on pieces like a little denim/viscose dress with a polo collar, exposed shoulders, cascading ruffles, and patch pockets, too. Better were some of the print and graphic offerings. A series of light cotton pieces looked dip-dyed, but on closer inspection it turned out the fine gradients of color were actually woven in. That's the sort of lighthearted (and, as important, light-handed) trick Chai has played in the past with his menswear collection. And that's just the right kind of borrowing from the boys.