For fall, Sandy Liang felt liberated to design more freely, in part due to the recent opening of her Lower East Side store as well as the fact that she skipped the resort season for the first time, and had more time to spend on fall.
“It was me trying to sketch and play, look less at numbers,” she said during a collection preview. “I think every designer has that internal struggle — do I want to make what i think is safe and will sell, or what I am really interested in this season?”
The look: Dreamy, dress-up fashions and slightly preppier, feminine looks coolly layered with Liang’s sportier signatures and flats (including her first, upcoming shoe, a mary jane with pointed toe).
Quote of note: “It’s always weird because sexy to me has never been a tight dress, or anything like that. I’m feeling more comfortable with myself, not just embracing the sporty, oversize part of me that I always go back to, but this fun area where you can play dress up, like you did as a little child.”
Key looks: Dresses, both sweet and chic, with cutout details; Liang’s modern take on a skirted suit set in brown with waved skirt hem; new voluminous white tulle offerings (a skirt, top and dress); novelty knits with floral embroideries and motifs.
The takeaway: While the designer’s signature fleece outerwear and puffer jackets have always been a fan favorite, Liang has proved over the years that her line is much more. Fall’s fantasy element was as uplifting as it was attainable, which the designer described as “a marriage between what I really wear, and what I wish I could wear.”