Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring ’13: Monica Chiang’s African Athleticism

September 6, 2012 • Fashion Blog, Fashion Shows, New York Fashion Week Spring '13

Summary: I have been a fan of Monika Chiang’s bags and shoes for a while now, so I was excited to see her Spring ’13 presentation because I knew little about her clothes. The inspiration came form a recent trip to South Africa which could be seen in the colors and patterns. Then she threw us a bit by playing on classic athletic styles with dramatic proportions in “luxe fabrications” so I guess the them would be “Luxe African Athleticism?” I didn’t really see how the two could be combined successfully which is why some of the pieces worked while others did not. c

I could see the athletic influences in some of the short skirts that looked like shorts, the odd baseball caps, some of the tops and the silk parachute pants (which incidentally I liked), but then they were paired with these gorgeous heels and dressy bags which totally confounded me. Then there were some tux-inspired looks and moto jackets with long skirts and I was totally confused. And the embellished leather bra paired with a skirt really threw me for a loop and didn’t look very luxe.

I liked some of the pieces, but what really stood out were the shoes and the bags! Apparently I was not alone in this thought process as most of us were taking pictures of the shoes and bags rather than the clothes. So I think I will stick to those and am thinking maybe that’s where her talents really lie.

Colors: white, ivory, stone, taupe, cloud, mango, army, ocean, navy, black

Fabrics & Textures: cotton, linen-cotton, silk, jersey, knit, georgette, leather,

Key Looks: leather moto jacket with metallic piping in cloud, georgette racerback tank with chain in navy and an ivory georgette wrap dress with a python clutch in cloud, a studded leather belt in ivory and Imena lace-up sandal in putty; black leather moto jacket with an ivory wrap blouse and mango parachute silk track pant and Faiza cuff sandal in mango; shoes, bags

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