Richard Chai Q & A
New York is revving its engines for the start of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, so what better time to talk to Richard Chai on the eve of his Spring 2014 collection debut? We sat down for a lightening fast chat with the designer.
Jenny Bahn: On a scale of 1 to 10, how stressful are the weeks leading up to fashion week?
Richard Chai: The weeks leading up to MBFW are about a 7, but quickly turns to a 10 the week before.
JB: Inspiration for this upcoming season?
RC: For Spring/Summer 2014, I have been playing with this idea of soft geometry, creating this juxtaposition between angular prints and softer, more fluid silhouettes.
JB: Who is the “Richard Chai Girl”?
RC: She is sophisticated, spirited and an individual.
JB: Every woman should have what three items in her closet?
RC: A great coat, a classic menswear inspired blazer and an effortless dress.
JB: What’s your most indispensable tool as a designer?
RC: For me, it has to be a No. 2 pencil for sketching.
JB: What is one item you might need delivered in an hour using eBay Now during MBFW?
RC: An iPhone 5 charger.
JB: If you could be a fly on the wall at the atelier of any other designer, past or present, who would it be?
RC: Rei Kawabuko’s Comme Des Garcons Studio.
(Photos courtesy of Charles Roussel. Text by Jenny Bahn)