Alchemy: The Recap
This past Thursday, Chester Paul Roberts III unveiled his collections for men’s spring 2016, and women’s fall 2016 collections. The emerging designer from Houston, Texas, (and a familiar face at the Saks 5th Galleria) treated the crowd to a visual journey through his pieces.
For men’s collection, the designer titled the work “Freedom” and served a mishmash of street style inspired clothing emblazoned with illustrated drawings by local Houston artist, Johnathon Michael Espinoza. The show started with a voice over from Chester, in a free style intro giving a premise to the meaning of the collection. And then- the show.
The pieces from the collection utilized a mix of solids and prints to bring together bold statements for spring. More so, button-up collard shirts were in excess but not too excessive as each was unique with several details. Roberts did quite a few with various prints and illustrations embellished across the front of the shirt. An interesting one was the use of the layered fabric on the shoulders. The shorts were used to contrast their partnered tops, some with the usage of symbols across the thigh and some with simple white color blocks.
Overall, the collection was a good start. I’m not a big fan of collard shirts in general, but I thought this gave an interesting twist to what we see out there in the markets today. My favorite look out of the evening would have to be number 7. A solid black faux leather top against the printed short paired well- along with a great balance of black and white all over the entire outfit. To me, this was the strongest out of the pieces. It was a very minimalist piece, but still gave a pop to it. Definitely something that would do well in the edge market. I’d like to see more variations of this in the future, especially for a monochromatic winter line.
For the women’s portion, Roberts designed several looks for both day and evening. What I liked about this collection was the use of color to make the usual winter pallet pop. The garments used a lot of pink, orange, and gold tones to accent the more earth tone hues.
One of my personal favorites was the dress from look 3. The top half was pretty interesting and stood out from your normal dress. I really liked the effect that the high waist skirt creates for the figure, as well as the glittered top underneath. Not too sure if it would be for winter, but definitely a spring piece. But then again, we are in Texas so do we really have a winter?
My second favorite for the evening would be this particular dress. The 60’s/70’s inspired fashion has been on trend lately and I feel this one is definitely rocks that look. The dress is very light weight in person and shimmers with little gold specs throughout the textured fabric.
Overall, both collections were solid throughout the themes. I felt the women’s wear was stronger than mens as they had more balance in color and a little more detailed and interesting with the uses of more variations of fabrics. The looks were creative, stylish, but practical for everyday use. We would like to see more minimalist and sleek pieces for men, as in look 7, I think that would give great balance to any pattern for future pieces. Can’t wait to see more from Chester in the future! Keep your eyes on the lookout Houston!