Runway Report: Richard Chai LOVE

For Spring 2014, Richard Chai took a gentler approach to this year's high-flying geometry trend.

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For Spring 2014, Richard Chai brought the year's high-flying geometry trend to a softer, gentler resting place. Undulating stripes were rendered in romantic in blush pink hues, zigzagging digital motifs were given a feminine twist with broken, bright florals, and sheer layers added soft texture. Here, Chai's opening look: a fitted vest top paired with striped trousers overlaid with a pleated skirt.
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Often, Chai's geometry theme registered in the cut of the garment itself, as in a seemingly simple bias-cut slip dress which flares into a swishy skirt at the back.
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Similarly, a printed teal skirt in a knee-grazing silhouette felt fresh and fun but still sophisticated with orgami-like details at the waist and wide pleating throughout.
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Mixing street-ready sportwear with more ladylike looks is one of Chai's greatest strengths as a designer. Here, a woven black-and-white crop top with a long black maxi skirt. Time to start doing those crunches.
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This startlingly sexy slip dress in a body-hugging bias cut was executed in one of our favorite uneven stripe motifs.
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We're keeping our fingers crossed that these strappy black python sandals—with a perfectly wide, chunky heel—actually get produced for Spring '14.
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Sporty mesh and steel-colored sequins made this drop-waist cocktail dress one of Chai's strongest of the season.
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As for the fellas, Chai's geometry theme registered in subtle white checks and unexpected layers. Here, a buttoned-up suit jacket with a black and green paneled tee.
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Despite Chai's tailoring expertise, we're more charmed by the designer's more languid, layered looks, which always feel effortlessly cool. Here, a soft cotton henley over a summery blue checked oxford.
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We may not think of leather as a quintessentially spring material, but Chai made a convincing case with mustard-orange outerwear, which came in a handsome quilted treatment with scourges of silver-zipped pockets.
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