August 27 2014

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Custom Chai For A Cause


On a casual Thursday afternoon, Richard Chai (pictured, right) and Hilary Rhoda (pictured, left) were reminiscing over their nearly ten-year-long friendship (which dates back to before the supermodel got her big break as the Spring ’06 Balenciaga exclusive, according to Chai). The designer put finishing touches on a custom gown Rhoda will debut at a cocktail party hosted by EFFEN Vodka in honor of Chai tonight at the Dream Downtown. “Hilary is super easy to fit, we just have to take it in a bit. Look at how in-shape she is,” he said, gesturing to Rhoda’s tennis-toned biceps before adding a few more pins to the bust of the hand-pleated, crinkled chiffon number, which will be auctioned off to benefit Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS following the event. This marks the second time Chai has partnered with EFFEN and DIFFA (as part of an ongoing collaboration with the spirits label), having created a bar-lounge installation for the Dining by Design tour back in March. It also represents a recent push on Chai’s part to re-enter the eveningwear arena after having focused on his contemporary Love line for the past few years. He has since been filling special requests for his black-tie fare, like the custom tuxedo Nick Jonas wore to the Met ball. Keep your eyes peeled for starlets wearing custom Chai looks on the red carpets leading up to the Fall ’13 launch of his eveningwear capsule.

Photo: Courtesy Photo

The Farrow Way


Linda Farrow’s Westway dance party lived up to its name at last night’s bash, luring a group of fashion insiders ready to show off their moves in the old strip joint and fête the end of New York fashion week. As expected, the party was off to a late start thanks to a string of other shindigs around town, but as the clock struck twelve, guests began to filter through the door, including Phillip Lim, Richard Chai, and The Walking Dead‘s Norman Reedus. If the mood was a little more subdued than usual, chalk it up to being situated at the tail end of a long and party-filled week. The boite’s co-owner Matt Kliegman admitted he was still recovering from its new Tuesday night installment dubbed Westgay at Westway, which boasts go-go dancers and a custom neon pink sign with the party’s moniker.

Missing from last night’s scene? Recent collaborator Prabal Gurung, who was celebrating his ICB collection across town and who revived Spring’s oversize sunnies for Fall. (The Blade Runner-esque shades made such an impression on Anna Dello Russo that she swiped a pair from the runway to wear tout de suite.)

“What’s amazing about working with Prabal is he knows exactly what he wants,” said the label’s global marketing director, Tracy Sedino (left, with Lim), who has helmed the eyewear label’s recent buzzy collaborations, which include Alexander Wang, Oscar de la Renta, and The Row. “Other designers usually take vintage frames and rework them, but with Prabal, he literally sketched the design from his imagination; we just helped bring it to life.” Even with New York fashion week winding down, the British cult brand is just getting started—tomorrow Team Farrow jets back to London to launch the latest capsule collections for Jeremy Scott and Charlotte Olympia. As for the latter’s inspiration? “Ostrich feathers and long legs.”

Photo: Benjamin Lozovsky/

A New World Of Filson


Filson’s fashion moment just got extended—the 115-year-old outdoor clothing company from Seattle, known among the style set for its canvas and leather totes, has tapped Richard Chai as its new creative director.

“As a young designer in New York, we get approached with so many opportunities to collaborate, and sometimes they work—and sometimes they don’t. With Filson, [initially] I just wanted to do some outerwear for my specific collection this season,” Richard Chai tells of his new partnership with the brand, announced this morning. “Then I was talking with Filson’s CEO and he asked if I would be interested in coming on as creative director—it was all very seamless.”

Chai’s first efforts with Filson, a capsule collection of six jackets and three bags, are set to debut next week at his Lincoln Center runway show. Chai, a longtime wearer of Filson, says, “The core of Filson is hunting and fishing and it’s really practical—it’s amazing when you see how the outerwear is constructed and how it functions,” says Chai. “As a designer, it’s amazing to take that look and reinterpret it to something more fashion-oriented.” Chai did that by adding some of his signature accents to their classic duffel bags and bomber jackets, refabricating them with wool and black stripe fabric. The aim, for this extended partnership, is to land this more fashion-forward Filson collection in specialty boutiques and luxe major department stores.

“Spring ’13 is what we are working on next, and it’s really about rounding it out and making something that feels more cohesive as a collection,” says Chai, who plans to filter in shirts, pants, etc. next. “It’s going to be a whole new world of Filson.”

Photo: Courtesy of Filson

Mirror, Mirror, On The (Shop) Wall


Tribeca’s first “mirrored cave/performance space” touches down just in time for New York fashion week. It’s the new pop-up shop from Nicola Formichetti, the Mugler creative director revealed last night at BOFFO’s annual benefit. The New York nonprofit runs the Building Fashion program, which connects designers (those without retail spaces of their own) with architects and provides funds and space for temporary, week-long stores. (Last year, the project brought Richard Chai, Waris Ahluwalia, Siki Im, Simon Spurr, Heather Huey, and Supima to a secluded space in West Chelsea; this year, Patrik Ervell, the Lake & Stars, Irene Neuwirth, and Ohne Titel, along with Formichetti, will set up shop in Tribeca.) BOFFO’s designers past and present crowded the benefit last night, which honored fashion’s favorite stylish architect, Peter Marino. “This year is just another example of how much architecture and fashion can achieve together in collaboration,” Spilios Gianakopoulos, the chair of Building Fashion, said of the new participants. “Looking at the proposals [from architects], it’s just overwhelming what can be done with a lot of creative vision. We had over 300 total proposals for all five designers”—including, he added, 120 for Formichetti.

What will you find there? “All of the designers I collaborate with,” the designer revealed. “It’s a kind of shop/museum kind of thing. Stuff from Japan, special pieces, panda bears…” And, it should go without saying, Mugler as well. Of course, the “performance space” designation beggars the question of whether Mugler’s biggest fan, Lady Gaga, will put in an appearance. No word from Formichetti, though he did let slip that he’s off to the heartland today to shoot her latest video. “Nebraska,” he revealed. “Where’s that?”

Photos: Clint Spaulding / Patrick McMullan

News Travels Slowly In The Model World: “Kate Moss—She’s Getting Married?”


If there was any doubt about it before, there isn’t now: Summer is here and in full swing. Ford Models celebrated the occasion last night with a model-packed barbecue at its 57th Street offices, attended by Hanne Gaby Odiele (below left), Ming Xi (left), Linda Vojtova, and Sigrid Agren, as well as a few designers and editors winding down over watermelon margaritas.

Most guests regretfully admitted they hadn’t been lying poolside or attending many barbecues as of late, due to their grinding work schedules. “I haven’t had much of a summer yet—I have been locked in my studio,” Richard Chai told “I’m hoping to go on vacation at the end of July.” Model Catherine McNeil (below right) had been working too, but for her, New York was the vacation. “It has been so long since I have been in New York because I have been working, but I’m hoping to have time to play some volleyball along the West Side Highway before heading to Europe again,” she said.

It was the eve of fellow model Kate Moss’ nuptials, but that fact apparently hadn’t made much of an impact on the model community.

“Kate Moss—she’s getting married?” asked McNeil. “When’s the wedding?” Xi added.

Photos: Steve Eichner