When you’re wondering what to wear in leather this season, look at what designer August Getty presented in his fall 2015 collection. No designer created leather better. While growing up, Getty showed an interest in art, fashion and fantasy. By the age of 5, he had created his very own world of whimsy, storytelling, dance and drawing. His favorite muse was his sister, Natalia. After years in the making, his first collection hit the Los Angeles runway in spring-summer 2015. For fall 2015, his leather looks created a fashion furor here in New York.
For inspiration, Getty reminisced about his childhood and memories of his mother (Ariadne Getty, daughter of Sir Paul Getty, aka John Paul Getty II). He recalled opening larger-than-life boxes from some of the greatest couturiers of her time. There are also memories of wildly delightful heiresses, statues and his family’s botanical gardens. For hours he would sit in front of the garden drawing hydrangeas, peonies and wisteria. These fresh flowers appeared abundantly throughout this season’s collection (fall 2015). Glamour, power and prestige pushed the envelope of Getty’s designs. His drop-dead, head-turning dresses and gowns were extremely notable.
Designer Richard Chai presented another wearable fall 2015 collection. He has created clothes for such brands as Armani Exchange, Donna Karan and Marc Jacobs, and was appointed creative director for all TSE brands, including men’s and women’s clothes. Through all of his experiences, Chai developed a keen eye for detail, a reference for architectural design elements and a strong belief in the importance and value of the construction of clothes. Whether he is designing for men or women, his looks are understated yet elegant.
Chai’s womenswear takes an architectural approach to style. Design signatures such as arched seams, intriguing fabric treatments and eclectic color palettes lend a distinctively modern flair to his looks, while he continues to keep in tune with the classic heritage of old world tailoring and craftsmanship. Designed and operated in New York, Richard chai and Richard LOVE (his contemporary-priced women’s collection) parallels his men’s line. They are both accessible in price and aesthetic. These uniform-inspired classics are refined with a modern yet youthful sensibility.