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Monika Chiang Fall 2012 Presenation

by Melissa Berkelhammer Photographed by Elettra Wiedemann, Monika Chiang
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
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Last Thursday marked Monika Chiang‘s big debut at New York Fashion Week. She showed leather staples such as long skirts, gloves with classic jackets, sexy sweaters and fur vests. But the presentation was not limited to vestments but a full collection of accessories as well as shoes, jewels, bags, and hats. Set in the Stanley H. Kaplan Penthouse at Lincoln Center, her fall/winter 2012 collection was directly inspired by the concept of “seeking out beauty.”


The presentation was inspired by Elettra Wiedemann, the model, philanthropist, and face of Lancome. “I chose Elettra as my muse because she completely embodies that natural, healthy beauty I was looking to achieve this season,” Chiang explains. “She also has a laid back downtown style that I love.”


Leather toughened up the ensembles, and that feeling was echoed throughout the fur pieces. The clothing had a sleek look with slim cuts and studded heels. One must admire her use of bold colors like burgundy, forest green, and splashes of purple. The subtlety of color was a welcome contrast to the leather in this fall collection.


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