Welcome to the wonderful Mercedes Benz Fashion Week, whose February edition always seems to bring out the models, the fashion editors, the creme de la creme of trendsetters, despite snowy and sub-zero temps. This edition of MBFW New York: Richard Chai for AW15/16 brought us stylish, autumn flavored menswear pulling out many of same trends we’ve seen along the London, Milan, Paris and Madrid runways already this fashion season.
Layers are the name of the game for Chai, and that, plus the appearance of graphic tees giving the collection a casual, yet tailored vibe. We see visions of the grunge area with mixing different plaid patterns and adding a little baggy volume, but things stay tightened up enough that we haven’t totally gone back to the 80’s, so leave your Metallica black album at home.
We also see the appearance of vertical stripes which is typically rare. In fact, women love this trend because it makes them look longer and leaner, and should have the same effect on males, so perhaps a heavier-set male would enjoy a vertical striped pair of pants or top from Richard Chai.
Of course, it wouldn’t be an AW 15/16 collection without a little fur, which we see in soft details like collars and lining. All in all, a solid, wearable collection from Richard Chai, and not without some staple trends for the coming Autumn/Winter season, especially everyone’s fave, the turtleneck.
Posted by Lori Zaino and photos by Robert Hicks.