NEW YORK -- Richard Chai showed his fall 2013 men’s and women’s fall 2013 runway collections at the Lincoln Center tents on Thursday, the first day of New York Fashion Week.
Inspiration: The designer seemed to be mining military motifs for many of his silhouettes, the world of men’s suiting for his fabrics and raiding a jewel box of gemstones to add pops of color to a palette based in brown, navy blue and olive drab.
The look: For women, military-inspired cropped jackets, skirts and pants in muted green plaids with black contrast piping details as well as some pieces with a more feminine feel – purple floral (or perhaps cloud) printed peplum dresses, sleeveless off-the-shoulder tops and diaphanous dresses and skirts that flared slightly at the hem. There were many tongue-in-cheek riffs on traditional camouflage throughout, including a black-and-white jacquard that looked like modern-day digital camo, lavender floral flocking and the aforementioned purple cloud print.
The men’s offerings included crisp suits – memorable among them a navy suit with windowpane checks and an evergreen suit with a double-breasted jacket -- pleated flannel trousers and a range of button-front work shirts with varying degrees of military inspiration, some with embroidered embellishments across the back yoke, breast pocket and epaulets.