Fashion Week: Porter Grey, Richard Chai, and Backstage at Duckie Brown (VIDEO)
|Freakazoid fashion alert|
The next show was Richard Chai's Love. We were eagerly awaiting this show since it was our first time seeing his women's line, and because we're always impressed by his men's collections. And by the look at the front-row seaters: Vogue's Virginia Smith, Elle's Joe Zee and the New York Times' Cathy Horyn, we were in for a treat. Think again. First off, aside from the heavy-hitters, the show was half empty, only to be filled by the standing room crowd. Either people decided to skip this show, or the PR folks were clueless organizers. Second, the clothes were simply boring. What we saw was drab colors and outsized fits.
Sure his signature use of charcoals, evergreens, and cream colors work splendidly on men, but on women, it just washes them out. Like in Porter Grey we also saw long skirts, though with Love they were layered with coat vests and jackets. Lots of flowy bottoms with heavy tops. Chai did, at times, include the use of softer colors like lavender and rose with a dash of sparkly tops, but still the clothes felt heavy and dispirited. We're not saying women can't wear these tones or cuts, but women rarely like to wear clothes that make them look big and colorless.
Next up we went backstage for New York-based men's fashion line Duckie Brown. Designers Steven Cox and Daniel Silver delivered a UK-inspired line full of baggy pants, tweed coats, loose-fitting cardigans, and even a pearl sweatshirt. This line was so refreshing and is a real look at city life, either that or perhaps we're just tired of seeing dudes in tight jeans. Check out the backstage footage of this show, at least to see the male models hamming it up for the camera.