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Richard Chai Loving Grunge-Inspired Layers For Fall 2010

From his first look out—a printed powder blue shirt buttoned up to the neck and paired with an ankle length ribbed tube skirt and taupe combat boots—Richard Chai's Love collection declared the return of grunge.

Against a white runway in the tents at Bryant Park we watched look after look of Nineties favorites, though a bit more polished than they were the first time around. There were perfectly slouched floor-sweeping pants, funnel dresses in ribbed wool, asymmetric tunics, flouncy georgette dresses worn over long sleeve tee shirts and tube skirts, and cropped pants over knit leggings—all paired with thick fingerless gloves and the aforementioned, need-to-own-them-now boots by Timberland.

The layered, long, and lean look was consistent throughout the Richard Chai Love collection with an army green cargo jacket, shawl collar furs, and a plaid boyfriend trench acting as perfectly proportioned toppers to his narrow silhouettes. At Love's contemporary price points, sometimes major fashion movements look even better the second time around.

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