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This afternoon at Cedar Lake Dance in Chelsea, Richard Chai held twinned runway shows for his menswear line and Love, his new contemporary women's collection. Love went first with a series of slouchy, comfortable looking outfits in a palette of bottle green, granite and steel blue, with an occasional bright print or splash of teal. There was a plethora of shorts: slouchy shorts, tailored shorts, pleated shorts, and drawstring shorts layered under unlined jackets and "boyfriend" blazers. After the women departed there was a brief intermission, during which the assembled reporters were plied with buckets of ice-cold beer. (A+, Richard Chai).

The men's collection began with a sudden boom of heavy breathing and groaning over the speakers, and we almost expected the guys to come out in a lot of black leather. But the sex sounds stopped and the models marched out in the same sort of casual, laid-back shorts and layered tops and jackets the women had been wearing. There were some gray and steel blue suits that looked relaxed but still put-together, and a couple of them were suits with shorts instead of full-length pants. Some semisheer gray striped shirts and cardigans were pretty sexy, in a relaxed, not-really-trying kind of way. The guys were styled with Chai's zippered high-tops and some of them wore caps with small, flipped-up brims.
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