Sweet isn’t necessarily a word often used to describe streetwear, but there’s no other word that perfectly encapsulates Sandy Liang’s Fall 2019 show. Sandy Liang is a bit of an anomaly in fashion today, in it that she’s conjured up a signature aesthetic that has an equal focus on classic dainty feminity with a strong streetwear vibe that most modern women are going for these days. Before, it’s either you pick one or the other, but not with this designer label. This season, a delicate lace-trimmed tulle frock can be worn over cycling shorts and sneakers and one will still turn out looking good. In a similar vein, a shimmering black pleather puffer coat works just as well with an embroidered semi-translucent skirt as it will a pair of jeans and a t-shirt. And what of the men? They can embrace their feminine side and still look entirely masculine in their pink fur-trimmed jackets and leopard print-paneled pieces. Clearly, Liang’s message this season—a strong one at that—is that now is not the time to push femininity aside. However, the collection wasn’t as interesting as the narrative. In fact, we found it to be too “arts and craft” and this isn’t a good thing. Albeit she proposed loads creative propositions, her execution left a lot to be desired. Almost all of these ensembles looked like they were bought at a flea market and patchworked together to come up with “fashion.” And to be brutally honest, these clothes look like they belong in Forever 21 than on a runway in New York Fashion Week. Sandy Liang will need to better refine her work if she wants to stay afloat.
Photo: Mitchell Sams/ Courtesy of Sandy Liang