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Richard Chai Menswear S/S11

The New Yorker presented a military-influenced collection with army green mesh and sophisticated boots

Monday morning was all about Richard Chai’s menswear. The New Yorker showed a refined but urban collection, initially focused on military inspired clothes. Army green mesh pieces and jungle warfare boots made for a rough but sophisticated look. The first signs of a more peaceful approach came through check shirts, and quickly moved onto seersucker fabrics and, finally, pinkish and light blue colour tones.

Using abstract patterns for his layered looks, Chai created outfits with depth. His use of an emerald green shade furthered this notion. Mixing in sportswear, Chai launched his Original Penguin collaboration through an array of reworked and sleeveless polo shirts, before adding a touch of glamour with silver studded tops.

Dazed Digital: What brought on this collection?
Richard Chai: It was a mash up of different things. I’ve been stuck in my studio all summer long so it was based on the idea of having a break and travelling around. Sort of back packer meets surfer meets me, stuck in the concrete jungle!

DD: What was your highlight in the collection?
Richard Chai: The Original Penguin collaboration was loads of fun to do!