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July 23 2014

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4 posts tagged "Richard Chai Love"

Three’s a Trend: Oversize Oxfords

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Oversized Oxfords

Not quite a shirtdress, yet not exactly standard fit, an oversize twist on men’s shirting has emerged as an early off-the-block trend for Spring ’14.

At Richard Chai Love, the designer showed a crimson-banded oxford, elongated almost to the knee, which looked particularly smart under a cropped-and-quilted optic leather jacket. MM6 Maison Martin Margiela suggested a draped, half-buttoned option in semi-see-through snow white. And lastly, Jeffrey Costello and Robert Tagliapietra turned out a diaphanous, extra-long pseudo-flannel (cue: a hunting Day-Glo plaid) at Costello Tagliapietra. “It’s beautiful on its own,” remarked Costello, “and felt modern and luxuriously comfortable.” The duo also admitted to feminizing their own wardrobes when designing Spring ’14. Call it the new-new boys’ club, of sorts.

Photos: Indigitalimages.com

Will You Show Off Your Shoulders With Cutouts?

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We’ve glimpsed quite a few exposed shoulders on the streets and at the Resort collections this summer. Casual, collared dresses popped up at Richard Chai Love and Chloë Sevigny x Opening Ceremony, and for after-hours examples, check out Vionnet‘s royal blue, long-sleeved frock, or the framboise silk gown by Sophie Theallet that Karolina Kurkova wore to the Ischia Global Film Festival. (In other news: There is an Ischia Global Film Festival.) Why we like these dresses: Well-placed cutouts highlight a part of the body that doesn’t usually require hours of upkeep at the gym. As Donna Karan famously said, “Shoulders are the one place a woman will never get fat—so show ‘em!”

CLICK FOR A SLIDESHOW, and let us know just how much deltoid you’re willing to expose.

Dresses Over Pants—Where Do You Stand?

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Wearing a dress over pants: It may sound like bait for Joan Rivers and the fashion police, but designers from Alber Elbaz at Lanvin to Marni‘s Consuelo Castiglioni sent the unconventional silhouette down Spring runways. At Richard Chai Love, the designer said, “It was all about playing with new proportions and unexpected layering.” Chai, who tossed long tunics and slipdresses over flowy pants, added, “It’s important that the fabric has movement.” If you want to experiment with the trend, try swapping out your tights and leggings for see-through trousers as Givenchy‘s Riccardo Tisci, Pedro Lourenço, and Giorgio Armani all did for effects that ranged from punk to gypset.

Click to see the slideshow and let us know how you’re going to layer this spring.

Photo: Yannis Vlamos / GoRunway.com

Is This The Face Of Resort?

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As we run around town (and occasionally aboard yachts) for appointments this Resort season, one model keeps showing up: the gorgeous Argentinean Naomi Preizler, who snagged bookings for three lookbooks (so far): Richard Chai Love, Jenni Kayne, and the big-ticket Alexander Wang. Preizler is not a total newcomer—she walked in a few Spring ’10 shows in Paris, and another handful in the Fall (including Givenchy and Vivienne Westwood), but something’s clicking in New York for the 19-year-old Buenos Aires native right about now. Our bet? Look for her to make a big splash on the Spring ’11 runways here this September.

Photo: Courtesy of Alexander Wang