In the Spring 2007 collection he presented on Wednesday, September 13th in the Atelier at Bryant Park, Richard Chai once again hewed close to the Asian-tinged minimalism for which he's become known the past few seasons, with wonderfully wearable results.
Citing Irving Penn's flower photos and Bruce Davidson's "Brooklyn Gang" images as his jumping off point, Chai navigated between the flou of one and the urban edginess of the other seamlessly, for the most part, in a collection that could easily go from day to night and uptown to down.

Fall 2007 Ready-To-Wear

Richard Chai was born in Westchester County, New York, USA, in the mid-1970s. He is of Korean parentage. He was raised in a very artistic family. His mother, who was an artist, took her children to museums, the opera, and other places where they could be influenced by art.
Richard attended Parsons School of Design, in New York. After graduating from Parsons, he went to Paris, and studied fashion design at the Lissa School, working part-time at the house of Lanvin. When he returned to New York, his first position was with Armani Exchange. Then he joined Donna Karan for a while.

From 1998 to 2001 Chai worked as Design Director for Marc Jacobs, for launch of "Marc" line, and was very successful there. In 2001 he joined TSE cashmere house, click here to read more about them, as Creative Design Director. He designed TSE collections for several seasons starting SS 03. In 2004 Richard Chai decided it was time to start his own label..


Richard Chai

Steve J and Yoni P are CSM and LCF graduates and Yoni Pai has already wowed the fashion crowd with her collection at the LCF Centenary MA show in January.  Steve J and Yoni P recently showed their collaborative collection on the Off schedule at London Fashion Week  which managed to balance Mongolian/Tibetan tribal costumes with modern contemporary wear.

Inspired by mystical Tibet, Steve and Yoni sent out a mouthwatering selection of mens and womenswear that has a distinctly tribal feel to it. Texture, pattern and colour (red, purple, burnt orange, olive green) are key elements in pieces that range from woollen coats and knitted jumpers to printed skirts and embroidered blouses. Models, both boys and girls, wore long plaits decorated with specially created metallic discs and we're loving those orange leather 3/4–length leggings with knitted cuffs, the leather top hats and the unisex patent platform slippers with sheepskin trims.

2007 SS Steve Yoni Studio Lookbook more

Steve J and Yoni P's collaboration with Topshop
sfdt 2007 winner

16mm Film Dress - Sophomore 'Innovative Design Project' -making clothes with non fabric material. -evening dress inspired by classic movies. -
16mm film , metalic thread

Check Print Two Piece - sophomore Cranston Print Design Project - working with given fabric by lottery. - concentration on problem solving. - Cotton, ,Ultra suede

Machine Knit Piece -
Junior Machine Knit Project - Knitted by Machine with hand-dyed marino wool. Inspired by pestoral landscape. - wool knit top and linen skirt

Junior Cut & Sew project -in the concept of feminine body silhouette and skin.
Synthetic fibers, - lycra and other stretchy fabric  more

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