Richard Chai Love and Men’s Fall 2012 Collection

Posted on February 10, 2012

We suppose we could have been predictable about it and used our love of this collection to spin off some sort of tortured reference to the “love” in the line’s name, but we’ve got a lot of shows today and we don’t have time for your silly word games. GOD we need coffee.

Anyway, we really did love Richard Chai Love. We were talking about it this morning and both enthusiastically agreed that it’s an intelligent collection, with a real sense of refinement. Relax your eyes and scroll down; you’ll see motifs at play over and over, without being cute or overwhelming about it, but’ll you also see the wide array of shapes and silhouettes, which give the collection a feeling of variety and possibility. Quick prediction about fall: plaids aren’t going away but stripes are getting more popular. And we really love the way stripes are used here. Belted outerwear is something else we’re seeing a lot of, but we’re thinking it only works about half the time. There’s a woman’s striped puffy jacket with a belt added, the effect of which makes her look gigantic. But overall, the looks are chic, refined, cohesive and interesting.

Also, we’ll take pretty much everything the men are wearing, with the exception of the oversized striped sweater, since we don’t think either of us can pull that one off.


[Photo Credit: Getty]

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  • Anonymous

    I love that first striped sweater and I would give my pinkie for that striped coat!! LOVE IT!! And what I really love about this collection is that even I, 50 years old and 25 pounds overweight, can wear some of these clothes. If I could afford them. Which I can’t. :)

    • mrspeel2

      I agree with everything you’ve said and heartily second it!!

    • Anonymous

      Yes to all of the above (ok, I’m not quite 50, but much closer to that then 30.)  I WANT, crave, need that first jacket.

  • Anonymous

    Is that a suit in the second to last row? Want! Wish they’d done a long man coat with that black and grey design. It would work with a lot of outfits and male coats need a jump like this to stop them being so damn boring. But that shapeless make poncho shirt thingy? Bottom row. Wtf is that? Who looks good in a giant dumpy tshirt? No one.

  • MilaXX

    I pieces the most.

  • Anonymous

    LOVE the stripes. Not quite as sure about the floral print.

  • Adrian

    Beautiful collection, but wait…is that…saddlebags? On the woman in the 2nd row, 3rd from the left?

  • Anonymous

    Austin’s outfit last night would have fit right in here. 

  • Anonymous

    I think they all need a good meal…then try again.

  • Anonymous

    Love the woman’s coatdress ensemble in the next to last row – or almost everything in those charcoal stripes. I like those stripes better for the women than the men, but maybe that is because I want them.

  • Anonymous

    Bottom row dude is in serious need of a hug. The belt on the second row middle guy is too Peter Pan/Robin Hood. Otherwise I like the menswear.

  • Jessica Rowe

    I’m afraid I was rather underwhelmed with this collection.  I preferred the other collections that showed yesterday. Specifically: The last look from Nicholas K (minus the turtle), the jumpsuits from BCBG (minus the bellybutton), the lace (you’ll kill me) pieces from Tadashi.  This whole colour palette for me is so blah. Plus I bet my mother would really like those flowery pieces.  (sorry Mom)

  • Anonymous

    Aside from the florals, this is a well thought out collection.   It’s modern and wearable, yet it has detailing that makes it unique and interesting.   I would love to have the first dress in the sixth row!

  • Chloe K. Evil

    I want that first dress in the second row of pictures. I would rock the hell out of that.

  • Nancer

    I’m confused by some of the silhouettes here; they just look awkward. And the second row far right image; does she have saddle bags on her hips? Overall, not feeling the “love” for this collection. Maybe it looks better in  person. The fabrics, however, look great.

    • Nikki

      I completely agree about those saddle-bad type things on the hips. I feel like someone was criticized by Mr. Kors last season or the season before on PR for calling attention/ adding too much volume to hips when they shouldn’t have, and in this case it is not in a good way!

  • Laura Schultz

    I would wear a lot of this

  • Aaminah Khan

    I am honestly so keen for stripes to become a big thing, I’m a huge fan. It’s funny, because I hated that whole nautical thing while it was big where I live, but – maybe due to nostalgia, I don’t really know – I really like it now.

    • Anonymous

      Stripes are all over the stores now, so you’re in luck.

  • Anonymous

    I love stripes. Love, love, love them. My problem is I’m short and busty, so a horizontal stripe is without a doubt one of my worst enemies. Unless a woman is built like a model, and let’s be real, most of us are not, the horizontal stripe is not her friend.
    WHY don’t designers do more with vertical stripes? WHYWHYWHY?? It’s a mystery.

    • Anonymous

      You nailed it. For me, short and plus-sized, I wince and walk quickly away from horizontal stripes. And they are used for plus sizes! I don’t get it.

      • Anonymous

        The way the designer here used the horizontal and vertical stripes in combo on the dress (or possible skirt/short combo) with the wide navy blue panel and belt would be very figure flattering for many including plus sizes.  I also just bought a plus size horizontal striped sweater dress and was very pleased with how nice it looked (it was smaller stripes though and it was cut really well too).

        • Anonymous

          I’m glad for you that you found a horizontal stripe that is figure flattering. I sadly know how any of these would look on moi. I agree that a combo of horiz/vert can be more flattering.

  • Anonymous

    Somebody loved that wide striped fabric. Seriously, I enjoy seeing all the different looks created with it. That would make an awesome PR challenge.

  • Bridget Smith

    I want that striped long-sleeved dress – the blue and grey and maroon one – like BURNING. Also love the black & grey stripes on the ladies: muted but striking. Great winter outfits.

  • Anonymous

    But you could have made a CHAI reference! There you were with the perfect set-up comment about coffee and you didn’t make a CHAI reference! 
    Maybe all those flapping around stripes and the saddlebag peplum tired your brains a little bit. Rest up, beloveds. We’re counting on you.

  • Anonymous

    I love the stripes.

  • Call me Bee

    I realy like this!  Lots of classic  and easy clothes.  Yeah–a belt on a poofy coat is not good.  Absolutley love the stripedy skirt. 

  • Anonymous

    J’adore the striped dresses and skirts with the yokes. Fabulous, and stripes I feel like I could wear.

  • Anonymous

    i love the jewel tone stripey dress so much it hurts. 

  • aimee_parrott

    That striped coat is fab! 

  • Sophie Collier

    Oooooo gimme that striped dress (the fourth pic) please!  I love it!

  • Anonymous

    While you’re NYC T Lo, do be dears and pop in and grab me either of the striped dresses or that first striped jacket. Thanks!

  • Shannon Stewart

    I could happily wear all of the striped pieces.

  • Anonymous

    i like this collection.  It works for different ages and body types.  Love stripes.

  • Anonymous

    I love that big black/grey stripe.  So simple, but it really works.

  • Anonymous

    Yes. Love. Ship it priority.

  • Paola Thomas

    So glad that everyone else is loving the stripes because now I can then run in and grab a jacket in that DELICIOUS red floral…

  • foodycatAlicia

    Do not love the women’s trousers, but everything else is beautiful. I really like the yoke/belt detail on the skirts and dresses. Very flattering!

  • Anonymous

    “Belted outerwear is something else we’re seeing a lot of, but we’re
    thinking it only works about half the time. There’s a woman’s striped
    puffy jacket with a belt added, the effect of which makes her look
    gigantic. But overall, the looks are chic, refined, cohesive and

    It’s funny. I’m spending some time abroad in Siberia, and I brought with me the biggest, puffiest coat I could find so I wouldn’t freeze to death. But here, every single woman’s coat is belted. Silly me, my thought process was “being warm will be more important to me in Siberia than looking good”, but apparently I’m the only one who thought so. So I get your point, but there is a market… namely, people who have to wear puffy jackets no matter what, and might as well add the suggestion of a waist.

  • Anonymous

    a men’s coat in that striped wool would have been cool.