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10am is early for fashion—and it showed. Richard Chai's celebrated menswear collection presented fall/winter 2010 looks yesterday morning at Milk Studios, and let's just say that there weren't any standers because everyone managed to snag a seat. That's a real shame, because the collection was wearable, sleek and classic without being staid.
Outerwear came in the form of pebbled brown leather hoodies and cropped trenches. Cardigans were gauzy and long, or thick knit and shawl-collared with blazer-like lapels. A shrunken double-breasted suit had hidden closures but didn't feel gimmicky. Pants were trim but not overly skinny, and just slightly too short. A very subtle glen check in off-navy modernized suiting and a series of tailored wovens. A vest and its matching down-filled coat was quilted while down-deprived models stayed warm in woolly scarves or thin, luxurious-looking turtlenecks.
Everything matched everything—browns, warm grays, navy, and a pop of pool blue in a long and boxy spin on a barn jacket. We'll take the Timberland Boot Company shoes but we'll leave the knit wrist-warming things each model donned on their forearms.