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Richard Chai Love Fall 2011 Runway Review

It’s only the first day of New York Fashion Week, but trends are already starting to emerge. Some of the major ones we’re seeing are layered looks, long skirts (including some worn over pants), off-the-shoulder tops, and lots of neutral hues. Playing into all of these trends was Richard Chai with his diffusion line, Richard Chai Love.

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Fellow designer and close friend, Phillip Lim, sat front row as Chai presented plenty of contemporary wardrobe staples in a dark palette of grey, blue, green, and black. Adding dimension to the mostly monochromatic collection were some pops of light glimmering embellishments, a creamy-beige shade, and a painterly purple print. The models looked cozy, making their way down the runway in the hyper layered looks that included vests worn over coats, skirts worn over pants, and coats worn over maxi dresses and skirts. As for pants, they were kept roomy, with wideleg cuts being the designer’s silhouette of choice.

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While there were no real surprises when it came to the relaxed, slouchy aesthetic of Chai’s collection, there was an unexpected piece de resistance via an off-the-shoulder ruffled top and maxi dress worn by a platinum blonde model with a jolt of hot pink dye in her hair. Have neons migrated from wardrobe to hair? Only time will tell.

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Photos: Vincenzo Grillo, IMAXtree