Richard Chai went entirely futuristic for his Spring/Summer 2013 collection. A full on visually striking melange of mixed prints, slick fabrics and sharp cuts, Chai’s collection embodied a futuristic shift for men and a mixture of strong and soft hues for women. Chai exposed midriffs, bared arms just enough and created looks that were comfortably airy and light. Mixing mens and womens, it was easy to infer that there was a progression that the designer wanted to demonstrate. Chai’s created a Spring season that was all his own displaying pieces in an order that started with mixed prints and then sharper cuts then stronger colors. He essentially built up to a crescendo and paid it off with item after item. There are must haves from his collection this season including a silver futuristic tennis-styled dress that came up about an inch above the knee. I wanted to reach out and grab that and head for the exits. There was also a provocative shoulder baring white zipper dress that was just too beautifully edgy.
When the summary of fashion week is written Chai’s collection should easily be placed in the top ten.