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Richard Chai's sporty spring

Friday, Sep 07, 2012 - 01:09

Sept. 07 - The designer's Spring 2012 collection is filled with athletic touches. Alicia Powell reports.

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Fashionistas, stay close to your personal trainers. Bare midriffs on sexy tennis dresses ruled the Spring/Summer 2013 runway as Richard Chai Love presented his line at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week's New York shows. Splashes of bright white in solid cotton or as a backdrop for silk prints gave the collection a lighter-than-air feeling. And the short A-line skirts on tennis dresses gave them a flirtatious 60s swing. Chai, a Korean-American designer based in New York, explained his inspiration. SOUNDBITE: Richard Chai, designer, saying (English): "Yes, it was a bit of swimwear, a bit of kind of tennis, a bit of everything really. I think when you look at clothes that are - athletic clothing, there is real construction and thought to how they are made, and I think it's really nice to be able to translate that in a way that feels very luxe and wearable." Chai's signature prints resembled watercolors mixing floral motifs and stripes - as sheer fabric was as delicate as silk. SOUNDBITE: Richard Chai, designer, saying (English): "A lot of the prints this season are digitized and blurred and layered, so it creates a softness and lightness to the collection. That was very important." Fashion week will run through September 13 at New York's Lincoln Center and other venues in Manhattan.

Richard Chai's sporty spring

Friday, Sep 07, 2012 - 01:09

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