Monika Chiang Fall 2013 collection: Birds in flight

February 17, 2013
By Sheryl Blasnik

Monika Chiang Fall 2013 RTW

Monika Chiang presented her Fall 2013 collection at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week on Friday, February 9 showing 16 looks at Lincoln Center.

The designer explained her inspiration for the collection:

My inspiration for Fall/Winter 2013 began with a recurring dream I’ve been having for years. In the dream, I’m running as fast as I can until I take off into flight. I also recently visited an exhibit with these really interesting midcentury photographs of birds at MOMA and became fascinated with the shapes they create with their wings while in flight. So you’ll see a lot of graphic shapes in the collection that were inspired by those references. With regard to tailoring, I began thinking a lot about vintage military and aviator uniforms shapes while developing the silhouettes for the season.”

The wings in flight influence, while not literal, could be clearly seen in the dark moody color palette which consisted primarily of black, ivory, shades of grey and wine colors which she termed port.  The capes and the long coats had a military vibe about them as did the leather moto pants and the flight jumpsuit in ivory with the studded plaque belt.

Monika Chiang Fall 2013 RTW

The jewelry was gold sculpted bird figures with a mockingbird feel and the models wore their hair up in a faux hawk with clips.  The make up was greatly exaggerated with dark thick lines at the eyes to play off the birds in flight theme of the collection. The backdrop was painted white with small black shadows of birds in flight.

Monika Chiang spent her youth traveling the world and living abroad with her globetrotting artist mother and two siblings. Her sense of style bloomed at a young age and is informed by her wanderlust and appreciation of exotic cultures, which influences her collection and allows her to push boundaries in chic new ways.

Photos: WWD

Sheryl Blasnik

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