Sounds of baseball, basketball, and soccer filled the Field House at Chelsea Piers, where Rubin & Chapelle premiered its Fall 2016 capsule collection. The brand used professional and amateur female soccer players instead of models, and a field replaced a typical runway or presentation setting. The scene complemented the athletic collection, which featured silk shorts and bomber jackets.
The collection’s only uniform elements were the silhouettes. Each player wore a different printed set, complete with shin guards and sneakers, as they played scrimmage and passed the balls around the field. The designers opted for muted tones in the past, but have incorporated more print and color in recent seasons. For fall they continued their inclusion of prints, transposing abstract and geometric watercolor patterns onto Italian silks. The designers collaborated with Johanna Michael to create the graphics. The color palette covered a wide range: black and white mixed with yellow and peach in some pieces, while others were dominated by royal purple or sherbet orange.
Rubin & Chapelle has remained consistent in its sleek, modern aesthetic. The fluid designs in the fall collection fit in perfectly with Sonja Rubin and Kip Chapelle’s legacy.
“We didn’t know what to expect,” said Chapelle. “We just wanted to get some soccer players together and make it fun.” The unorthodox presentation was certainly an engaging, appropriate setting for the sporty collection.
This capsule collection will be immediately available to consumers as an early delivery, with the remainder of the collection to be shown in the fall.
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