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Insider Access: Robbie Spencer – NYC Day One

Dazed & Confused's senior fashion editor on his first show of the season...

PhotographyMark ReayTextDazed Digital

Robbie Spencer is senior fashion editor at Dazed & Confused. This season, he kicked off the New York shows by styling Richard Chai, of which you can click here for an interview with the designer and here for an exclusive fittings video. Spencer works on editorial, catwalks and campaigns internationally.

Dazed Digital: How did the Richard Chai show go?
Robbie Spencer: The show was great, it is always so much fun working with Richard, we work really well together and enjoy each other's company. The inspiration behind the collection was very clear and concise this season, it had strong sport feel which was a continuation from the resort collection. The women's looks were body concious but easy and youthful at the same time, we knew the direction to take the show in. The men's looks were to act as vignettes to the women's looks in this third season of doing a combined show. It's hard to get the balance right, but I feel this season was the strongest. The womenswear became the focus, appearing more sculptured to the body this season, stripped down and simpifed – a bit of a departure from previous more grunge inspired layering.

DD: What was your favourite moment?
Robbie Spencer:
My favourite moment was during the fittings, when you know you have selected the right look for the right model. For this collection, we used some of the more classically beautiful girls that we used in previous collections, such a Josephine Skriver and Melissa Tammerijn. Their colouring and natural beauty really complemented the summery, body conscious collection.

DD: Did you cast any new girls?
Robbie Spencer:
Our Dazed casting director Noah Shelley and Angus Munro, AM Casting, cast the show. We always get all the girls and guys we want, they're amazing and every girl is in New York for fashion week so we never struggle. As I say, the mood was fresh and summery. Apart from Melissa T and Josephine Skriver, we had girls we used in previous collections. We like to have continuity in the casting, signature Richard Chai girls such as Alana Zimmer, and Liu Wen closing the show, new classic beauties such a Ava Smith and then the newer girls such as Patrycja Gardygajlo who opened the show, Dazed favourite Franzi Muller, July issue cover girl Zen, Maria Bradley, Mackenzie Drazen and Elza who I shot with Ben Toms for the June issue.

DD: What are you looking forward to over the next few days?
Robbie Spencer: I am looking forward to Proenza Schouler and Marc Jacobs, two of my favourite NY shows.