Chocheng

Knit set - Chocheng
Boots - Dr Martens
Faux fur scarf - Zara

I met Chocheng Char back in September at New York Fashion Week.  We sat down over tea in the setting of a lovely loft space where he was presenting his Spring/Summer collection.  Freshly impelled by the close-up viewing of his attention to detail and impeccable tailoring, I had know more about his line and background.  

For starters, he was born in Hong Kong but is of Mongolian descent.  Chocheng has a store in Beijing but his flagship is right here on Madison Avenue, which he is very proud of.  If you are lucky to stop by, be aware that the whole space was built from scratch by him-- even the furniture design.   

We both had something in common: inspiration from our grandmothers.  Betty Char-Nuis Clemos was a renowned fashion designer who started her career as a successful tailor in Shanghai (hence those incomparable skills of his own) and also the first Asian retailer to import licensed Paris Haute Couture to Hong Kong.

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With ownership of coveted sources from within fashion houses such as Chanel, her success was clear, and life's work valuable.  Thankfully for her legacy, her grandson had innate skills that were clearly inherited from her.

I'm wearing Chocheng's knit top & skirt set, which is designed to give the illusion of pleats, much like the pink skirt in the above photo.  The skirt is pleated but the top is not.  Incredibly comfortable and high quality, which are two things you look for in a collection in addition to aesthetics.  You can tell Chocheng truly knows the female body.  

Shop the look below.

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Streetstyle Photos by Dennis Christians

Black and White but Never Boring

Dress - Sandro (similar here, here, and here)//Shoes - Topshop (also in all black)
Clutch - Ela (similar here, here, here)
 

Black & white with menswear inspiration.  

I'm really feeling the menswear inspired designs this season; I feel my closet is craving some more edgy, smartly tailored pieces.  Additionally I'm loving loafers, and I walked right into this pair at Topshop just before fashion week.  The thing about doing menswear-inspired from head to toe is that you have to be careful to give it a feminine touch to ensure it's still a flattering look on the female body.  Which is why I felt this sleeveless tuxedo-style dress was perfect.  I'm able to wear the masculine tailoring while still showing some leg, and with a deep-V cut so that things wouldn't feel too stuffy and business-like.  

Almost always I will compete a black and white outfit with some pop of color or fun accessory, like this metallic clutch and a red lip.