This recent Parsons School of Fashion Design graduate and exclusive designer for Drag Diva Sherry Vine showed his debut collection for Fall/Winter at New York Fashion Week. As a flamenco dancer performed before the show, the inspiration of Spanish bullfighters echoed throughout the runway designs. The elegant ready-to-wear collection showed pieces ranging from red carpet gowns to wearable day blouses and jackets. Chuang’s mostly black collection was highlighted by splashes of color with a fuchsia structured bodice top, red embroidered bias-cut jacket, burgundy velvet cropped pant, and classic red dress paired with season-specific opera length, black leather gloves. The debut collection, involved lots of lush materials; lambskin, lace, satin, and multi-colored wool, all tailored into form-fitting pants, flowing gowns, and structured jackets.
The overall feeling of the collection leaves you with an image of modern elegance for the empowered women, making bold statements with the right touch of femininity. Cheng-Huai Chuang came a long way from Taipei, Taiwan dressing mannequins in his parents’ store and I believe we’ll be seeing a lot more from this up and coming designer.
photos : Steve Prue