One of fashion’s hottest new names, Sandy Liang, is Rug Lane's Brand of the Month this March.
The designer who has managed to succeed in two extremely competitive environments, first at Parsons and now as a new designer in New York, draws inspiration from how girls dress on Manhattan’s Lower East Side to a Chinatown grandma.
Liang doesn't design clothes for the girl who wants to look like someone else. She is designing clothes for the real girl, a girl who is who she is, that rides the subway to work and can leave the house in her boyfriend’s shirt over a lace dress. With a style that is more tomboy than girly-girl, her collections are sweet with a side of bite and at times, easily unisex. Since launching her label in 2014, she’s mainly been known for her bold, going-for-it oversized outerwear that's equal parts tough and soft: glossy leather bombers, pastel furs, shearling-lined jean jackets. But while a great coat can make the outfit, Liang has been working on the clothes to wear underneath, too.
As well as her infamous jackets, we are in love with her dresses in daring fabrics, blouses and cute knits. This season the designer continues to dress the New York downtown crowd in her beautiful light wovens, faded denim and signature outerwear, with this F/W18 being about the designer's friends who gathered to model her latest pieces. She included a line-up of an evolution of her standout dresses, cosy fleeces, fur-trimmed motorcycle jackets and knits she’s done in the past, this time including a knit adorned with her pet dog Tim Tam (perhaps also a nod to it being the year of the dog).
Her looks may still be in expansion mode but the buzz is quickly building, with fans saving their pennies to buy a piece of her attainable world of downtown cool.