The Clothes: Monika Chiang’s spring range suggested athleticism, but certainly not without glamor. Drawstring waists, silky track pants, anoraks and woven baseball caps were dressed up with structured leather, tailored blouses and blazers, and intricate statement heels. The overall effect of the girls was a sleek minimalism, but on closer look there was plenty in the details. For example, there was glittery piping on a baby blue biker jacket and snakeskin piping on an otherwise simple black, leather skirt. Shoes featured texture and embellishment in the form of chains and studs.
The Hair & Makeup: The models had a healthy glow with dewy black lashes and peachy cheeks. The hair was clean and pulled behind the ears away from the face.
The Vibe: The Lincoln Center presentation was pretty hectic, as they let in everyone at once. Luckily the models were calm, cool and collected as they stood in a semi-circle on raised platforms.
The Front Row: There was none, but we spied Elettra Wiedemann and Meredith Melling Burke in the crowd.
Celebrity We’d Most Like to See Wearing this Collection: Rihanna would rock the sporty-glam vibe like no other.
WTF Moment: There were a lot of elbows flying as everyone scrambled to get a closer look and shots of the collection at the same time.
What the designer said: “This season is all about luxe-athleticism. I was recently in South Africa, and I was so amazed by the energy and vibrancy, which you’ll see in the colors–saturated blue, mango, jungle green. It really isn’t about a certain age or type of girl with my collections, but more so an attitude. The woman values great design and beautiful fabrics. She knows trends but doesn’t chase them. The shoes and bags are a big statement. For me, it’s about the chunky heel this season and no more platforms. I am exploring different shapes and colors.”