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Richard Chai Menswear A/W11

With a strong check pattern and pyjama-inspired outfits, Chai impressed with an elegant grunge take dominated by grey nuances

For his second show in as many days, Chai focused on the menswear side of his ever growing design business. As usual, the Chai wardrobe was sleek and elegant while still maintaining street cred. Dominated by grey nuances, the Autumn Winter collection layered thick wool outerwear pieces and we saw pea coats and fish tail parkas paraded down the Milk Studio catwalk. Pyjama looking shirts and bottoms interspersed the otherwise elegant show. Army green and navy mixed up the black and grey shades, but it was a strong check pattern that stood out the most. That, and a small bird print! Thinly ribbed knitwear was tucked into high waisted wool trousers and the last section of black nylon pieces added to the sense of smartly casual aesthetic.

Dazed Digital: What was the red thread going through the show?
Richard Chai:
Last season was all about the backpacker and surfer look so this time around I wanted something a bit more sharper. The casting was also about preserving the individuality of the clothes.

DD: How would you describe the clothes?
Richard Chai:
I'd say they were elegant and refined!

DD: A few pieces were pyjama-esque...
Richard Chai:
In weird way it's part of what I design. It's grunge coming out - I'm a child of the Nineties...

DD: Is there a piece that stands out for you?
Richard Chai:
One of the layered coats - it's really cold in New York!

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