Shared modes of uniform dressing between groups of women cross cultures, mixed with early 2000s nostalgia and a dash of memories of childhood shopping trips to T.J. Maxx were all parts of the seasonal proposition for Sandy Liang. “This is honestly the first season where I like sort of formed a story,” she said while prepping for her show.
She began with a pink miniskirt over capri pants and a girlish white baby T-shirt. A mix of dresses with sweet flower appliqués in satin followed, as well as a few looks with sheer details in tanks and cardigans with a hint of sparkle. They hinted at nakedness. “It’s a Britney Spears moment,” she said of the sheer moments.
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The uniform theme came through strongly in a pink gingham dress with lace apron detail. Liang evolved her categories, launching her handbags — a massive bow-like satin in pastel hues that read like vintage sashes hiding the contents of a handbag, or a smaller top handle style. They paired well with her toe-shoe-like ballet flats, which she also expanded on.
Her runway story also took a cue from some of the darker moments of “The Little Mermaid,” adding a dreamlike land versus sea fantasy vibe to her work with a wet look side sweep of the model’s hair and shell jewelry. Even the manicure had brown tips, simulating dirt under the nails after a day of exploring the world. The last look was her take on a bride: a drop-waist dress with a pleated miniskirt, deep pointed lapel and mother of pearl buttons.
Launch Gallery: Sandy Liang RTW Spring 2024
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