sandy liang gets canal street chic for autumn/winter 15
The downtown designer proves why we’re right to call her New York’s next big thing.
Photography Kathy Lo
Sandy Liang might only have three eponymous collections under her belt, but the downtown designer has already found her sweet spot. Since graduating from Parsons in 2013, she's honed a signature silhouette that blends all the best of Chinatown grandma chic and LES sportiness. Sandy's effortlessly feminine pieces are on the fast track to becoming wardrobe staples for any self-respecting downtown girl.
"It's sort of a continuation from last season: it's about the attitude of this downtown, Lower East Side girl," Sandy said of her autumn/winter 15 collection. "Overall it's just really fun; there's a duality that goes into everything. It's girly, but it's sporty. It's kind of punky, but also polished."
Duality was certainly the name of the game for autumn/winter 15. Sandy balanced lush fur detailing with boxy boyish cuts that together maintained the easy breed of femininity only found below 14th St. Thick, slightly fraying denim trousers were softened up by super sheer tops and powder pink jacquards.
This season was all about texture you can really sink your teeth into; baby blue shearling covered a couple of her famous coats, while other outerwear saw the fuzzy pops featured on cuffs and collars. "Certain things are inspired by Chinatown grandmas, but I'm also interested in communicating what streetwear means to me. I think it comes out in the Patagonia and North Face-style fleece details."
Liang's lady's lounged among the same enormous flower and warrior printed decorative vases spangling her father's restaurant, Congee Bowery, deep in the Lower East Side. "It's so tacky in there! But I love it. I grew up around it," Sandy told us of the restaurant recently. "You should see our house. There's like, neon everywhere."
But what of her beloved Australian Shepherd and perennial muse, Tim Tam? "Tim Tam is not here tonight, but do you see that coat all the way in the back? It's dyed to match his coat! Isn't that kind of horrible?" Not even close.
Text Emily Manning
Photography Kathy Lo
Images courtesy Sandy Liang