"I was inspired by a Nan Goldin photograph [1981’s “Suzanne with Mona Lisa, Mexico City,”]," said Richard Chai of the origins of his fall 2007 collection, which he showed in The Salon at Bryant Park on Wednesday afternoon.
"I just loved the light, and the woman looking at herself in the mirror, which was austere but also hopeful and optimistic. I wanted to capture that feeling in the collection."
Capture it he did, by way of a spare patent leather bolero with skinny pleated trousers and a charcoal wool honeycomb suit with slices of silk defining the arms and hips (both of which played to the austere side of the fence), offset by a color blocked greige/rouge turtleneck with high-waisted ivory leather riding pants, a beautiful long ivory hooded cardigan, and a pretty-as-a-picture pearl sateen shift with frayed organza ruffles that encircled the shoulders, making the wearer look like an uber-chic warrior princess (these last skewed to Chai's cheerier point of view).
And, of course, there were plenty of the designer's instantly covetable coats - perhaps the best we've seen all week - including an evergreen boiled wool trench cinched with an greige patent belt, a green patent blouson jacket with pouffy pouch pockets, a supremely elegant winter white cashmere bathrobe coat, and an ivory topstitched beauty with floral embroidery trim that came in both long and shorter lengths.
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