Rubin & Chapelle Presents at the Top of the Standard

Rubin&Chapelle-FW15-2And yes, I mean that literally – not just high standards, but at the Top of the Standard Hotel! FW2015 is the most recent stop in RUBIN&CHAPELLE’s continued exploration of modern dress codes. Spring introduced prints in soft tops and dresses. This fall brings heavier fare in tweed coats and trousers.


Designers Sonja Rubin and Kip Chapelle worked with designer Johanna Michel to develop prints based on traditional Scottish motifs. The results are rescaled and distorted digital prints of tartan and argyle in earth tones and pinks throughout the season’s collection. The Scottish menswear influence appears in tweeds, kilt skirts, distorted tartans, and abstract argyles. “We wanted to modernize the traditional Scottish menswear look for women.”


Jackets and Tops are mechanically edge fringed. Virtual fringes are on dresses and jackets and achieved through print. The silhouette is generally soft and easy. Bottoms include circle skirts and pencil trousers. Tops include button up blouses and looser shapes. Kilt pleats are softened in silk blends and traditional patterns enlarged. “We’re accustomed with solids, but used a lot of print this season. Layering and mixing prints just felt right”, says Sonja.


Fabrics utilized in this collection were wool tweed, cotton shirting, wool suiting, duchess silk, silk broadcloth, and silk/cotton blends. These eye-catching prints of course provide this collection with some vibrant colors, hot pink, teal, subtle yellow, tomato red, tangerine, and more. But as a great balance, there are some stand-out pieces in basic colors such as black, white, and grey.


This collection is brimming with classic silhouettes, which are brought to life by bold details, the graphic prints, leather shoulder details, color-blocking, and more. Wearing any of these pieces, no matter the place, you would definitely not go unnoticed!


Show credits —



  • Creative Director – Frank Milliren
  • Design Direction – Marcus Huemer



NOTABLE GUESTS in attendance: Morgan Stewart and EJ Johnson