Richard Chai Love
September 09, 2008 New York
The Spring collection was chic and ethereal and brimming with colorful prints, a "joyous" (his word) journey toward the light after a dark-edged Fall outing. Chai began on a masculine note that echoed the cool layered-jacket-and-slouchy-pant silhouette of last season. This time, a sharp ivory sleeveless jacket was worn over a creamy embroidered tank and linen trousers.
He's always had a knack for the sporty and boyish, of coursewhat was remarkable here was the buoyant femininity that followed. You didn't need an elaborate explanation to understand a lovely bell-sleeve dress of distressed sequins with winking hints of contrasting thread. With Bryant Park days blurring together and one runway outing sometimes seeming like an echo of another you've just seen, Chai's unique voice is beginning to ring out in the crowd.