"The reality is that I'm an American designer," Richard Chai said days before his show.

And clearly it's a challenge to have your conceptual leanings (as Chai does) and wear them too, but the designer's very pretty and fresh spring collection showed that it's possible.

Chai riffed on sporty wardrobe classics such as the trench, the white shirt and jeans, reworking them into covetable pieces rich with artful elements — curved seams, cascading pleats and tweaked proportions — but not the sort that draw stares on the street.

In short — exactly what most women look for when they shop for designer clothes.

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