COVER ME IN CASHMERE BABY: The Elder Statesman at MADE
There has been some serious buzz around The Elder Statesman designer Greg Chait since he was named winner of the ninth CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund last season, and CFDA president Diane Von Furstenburg was one of the first to congratulate him on his latest collection at his MADE presentation last night. Working mainly in his signature pashmina cashmere – everything from a twill chino, to a chequered jumpsuit and paisley bandanas in a multitude of colours was woven from the super-soft fibre – the unisex collection married a colourful playfulness with ice-cool Scandinavian elegance.
For her, this might mean an impeccably cut, cream three piece tux (jacket, trousers, shirt), worn with a knit pashmina tie (undone), a rich purple sweater dress styled with a bandana and leather gillet – or, at the far end of Chait’s comfort-clothing spectrum – a pair of peacock feather patterned day pyjamas, worn with a check pashmina button-up and wrapped up in a gigantic, technicolor blanket. Accessories – beanie hats in bubblegum pink or taupe, a knitted headband in rich, autumnal tones – were the last word in cosy.
For him, the same fashion forward folk aesthetic applied. Meanwhile, the show was presided over by Joseph – a giant teddy bear created from cashmere offcuts from the studio.