We spent some time backstage before Richard Chai showed his collection to literally all of Vogue yesterday. Here's what we saw: 1) Models eating. A lot. 2) Four people doing Ali Stephens' hair at once. That means eight different hands on her head, all while she played video games on her iPhone. 3) Richard Chai doing last minute fittings (shot after the jump!) A man got under a skirt to pin from the inside. Hope he knew the model. 4) Gorgeous clothes. The thinnest silk with the most delicate prints and textured details. Rows of baby sequins draped to look like liquid. Nervous dressers making sure they knew what their model looked like in person and on their board. 5) Once the show started, Lisa Love, Anna Wintour and Dani Stahl all whipped out their sunglasses in fear of runway lights. Phillip Lim whipped out real glasses in fear of missing the clothes. 6) Once the show ended, Anna smiled.
Richard Chai's Sheer Layers
This NY Fashion Week marks the one-year anniversary of Richard Chai’s Love collection. This time around it was still the good girl/tomboy we’ve seen before, but toughened up just a bit with hits of leather and charcoal accents. Chai sent a total of twenty-nine looks down the runway, each averaging about three pieces per look, some with up to five separates, which will amount to a hugely salable bevy of goods. Almost every look included a sheer nude fabric that acted as either the main focus of the garment or as an accent or trim. As for the color palette, if the spring 2011 ‘Love’ collection is any indication of what we'll be wearing next season, it'll be a stormy few months; lots of neutral beiges and nudes, cloudy navy blues, and light grays. Flowing drop-hem dresses, below-the-knee skirts, and voluminous pants all in light-weight and sheer fabrics make for a very comfortable and wearable collection, yet the accents of black and gray leather in the bandeau tops and crop tanks toughened up the overall airiness. For each super feminine dress, there was a dark blazer or other element of menswear to harden it up. True to Richard Chai’s aesthetic, there was nary a high heel in sight--each model wore a lace-less, flat oxford. Certainly the "good-girl-with-an-edge-who-sometimes-wears-her-boyfriends- clothes" attitude was made even more evident by the music choice: a DJ mix of songs by The Arcade Fire.