An Open Letter to Richard Chai

Dear Richard, Thanks so much for dragging us out of bed on this frigid Manhattan morning! Really, we would've slept through Donna Karan at 2pm if it
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Dear Richard, Thanks so much for dragging us out of bed on this frigid Manhattan morning! Really, we would've slept through Donna Karan at 2pm if it
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Dear Richard,

Thanks so much for dragging us out of bed on this frigid Manhattan morning! Really, we would've slept through Donna Karan at 2pm if it wasn't for you (we were out a bit late last night).

We're sorry many of your invitees weren't as appreciative. Sure, lots of no-shows after Tuesday's preview at the GQ Best New Menswear Designer reception might sting. But if it's any consolation, no one had to stand! It does look as if you'll be stuck with lots of leftover swag -- you know, those navy hoodies stamped with "Richard Chai AW10" that were so kindly placed on every seat? Please consider donating extras to Haiti.)

On to the clothes, because hey, that's why we're writing this. Loved the emphasis on layers of comfy casuals: cropped cotton parkas over long vests over even longer knits. Clearly you sympathize with the carefree city youth who values his nightlife downtown -- someone who prefers henleys by day, but will throw on a leather bomber for edge after dark. He's got a sense of humor, too: Those two-color gingham tops, with a split-seam across the middle, were a playful nod to Rei Kawakubo's designs for Comme des Garçons SHIRT.

What we mean to say is, it's crystal-clear now why GQ chose you as a finalist in this year's competition. Your no-fuss looks and soft fabrics (merino, jersey) strike a chord with guys who seek fashion and comfort.

After the show, back out into the cold we went. But this time, with hope.

Can't wait to see you in September!

Fashionista