>>Fashion's obsession with stripes and florals continues with Richard Chai's diffusion line, Richard Chai Love. The designer sent down an equal amount of striped and floral pieces for Fall 2012. On the floral front, it was mainly in the shade of red, with black providing a strong background. More daring floral pieces include blazers and wide-leg pants, while more subtle florals are found on sheer blouses and frocks. As for the stripes, they were less classic and more edgy, with gray, maroon, and blue combinations on dresses, pants, turtlenecks, and blazers. Traditionally stripes and florals can be super-femme, but this season's offering leans more toward the masculine side with boxy cuts overwhelming flouncy bottoms.