Rubin Chapelle Eases Into Resort
Rubin Chapelle is best known for its eveningwear, but as man (and woman) cannot live on gala alone, Sonja Rubin and Kip Chapelle previewed their first-ever Resort collection yesterday at their Meatpacking District store. The focus, say the designers, was on infusing daywear looks with an evening panache, and eveningwear with a daytime ease. In practice: sheer pullovers, linen and silk-satin tuxedo jackets worn with drop-crotch three-quarter-length trousers, and silk jersey swimwear meant to work into the collection’s breezy-feeling ensembles. Many of the pieces—including bias-cut dresses and tops paneled in silk charmeuse and four-ply silk—were reinterpretations of Fall ’10 looks, rendered in cooler shades of white, blush, and washed orange. “We really wanted to make everything feel light,” Chapelle explained, referring to both the collection’s palette and its mood. The goal for this first Resort collection: soirée looks that are, as Rubin put it, “easy, easy, easy.” Easy to slip into, easy in spirit, easy to mix and match and to dress up or down. Probably the right idea for a season founded on the idea of vacation.