Richard Chai Love
February 06, 2007 New York
A tall order, sure. But Chai, for the most part, was up to the task. Coats and jackets were the high point. They were many and varied, a chocolate-box assortment, from an edgy-cool patent-leather blouson to a wool chesterfield. Outerwear, it seems, best absorbs Chai¿s forward-thinking fascination with circular seaming and tweaked proportion. Elsewhere, he cut strict, skinny pants in shiny menswear jacquardspotentially a tough sell, but they paired well with chic popcorn knits and belted peplum jackets. As for the ethereal element, an Easter egg¿colored jacket worn with a white tulle tutu was a bit baffling; but the simpler pearlized organza-and-silk dresses in deep jewel tones were undeniably elegant.