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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 Style.com 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.”
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 Style.com. “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.
Giving up creative control is tough for any designer, but for her lookbooks, designer Araks Yeramyan of Araks hands off the reins. For the second season in a row, Yeramyan has commissioned friends and well-wishers of her brand to shoot her wares however they want. She sent a small group of collaborators—including Richard Chai, filmmaker Gia Coppola, and model Coco Young—each a camera and two sets of her feminine lingerie. (The results are varied. Chai shot a curly-haired model leaping in midair; Coppola shot hers lounging on a furry shag rug.) “We get the pictures back and don’t alter them before sending to print,” the designer told Style.com. “So you really just have to hope for the best.” To up the ante this time around, Yeramyan included people who weren’t necessarily within her immediate circle of friends. “I always have to push myself a little further,” she explained. “I went on instinct. Some of the contributors didn’t really have the same aesthetic as me, but I still admire their creative point of view.”