Chai favored a light touch even if he piled on a few layers: The first model out wore a sheer, shiny cotton-nylon parka with a silk-nylon floral dress with bra-style halter top and flared A-line skirt. For men, Chai offered a crinkled cotton jacket and trouser with a zip-front shirt.
There was also a men’s two-tone, double-breasted blazer in contrasting fabrics that might be a hint of a possible yin-yang vibe emerging at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week tents at Lincoln Center. One could also feel it in the jersey dresses that still had definitive blocks of color but with softer curves than the geometric lines that usually comes with traditional colorblocking.
CREATURES OF THE WIND
Swingy, bejeweled silhouettes from the ‘60s and shimmery, vintage snakeskin lame stood out at the show for two up-and-comer Chicagoans who call themselves Creatures of the Wind.
Focusing on the technical elements of old couture rather than a specific narrative, Shane Gabier and Chris Peters sent out bright greens, yellows and pinks in dresses, printed skinny trousers and skirts in jacquards, cottons and polyesters.
A full, pleated dress in green had a large, loose bow below the chest with three-quarter sleeves and a skirt the color of oatmeal with star bursts of massive Swarovski crystals just above the hem.
The two kept hemlines below the knee and built panels of solid colors into prints in jackets, shirts and dresses.
Gabier, 39, said some ‘‘punky’’ details and the early ‘60s feel is always on the partners’ minds as they cater to a range of customers of all ages — and sizes. Is it unusual for Fashion Week designers to show plus-size friendly clothes? ‘‘It might be,’’ Gabier said. ‘‘I would say yes.’’
AP Writer Leanne Italie contributed to this report.