Get Dressed/ Designers
Kristin Booker • December 14, 2011

Designer Spotlight: Top Five Must-Haves From Monika Chiang

Every once in a while, you fall in love with a designer. As in, real love – butterflies, giddiness, blushing, putting your initials with theirs a notebook to see if they spell “true love.” Well, maybe not THAT far, but you know it when you feel it.

My new fashion crush is Monika Chiang. This worldly jet-setting designer has my heart with her edgy-but-very-wearable items that are just as luxe as they are hard-working wardrobe staples. I rarely share in relationships, but because her stuff is JUST THAT GOOD, I will give you my shopping list of her amazing items. This list is just some (by no means it is ALL) of my favorites:

Suede Vault Platform Pump  -I know. I want someone to hold me right now, too. This shoe is TO DIE FOR. A six-inch heel in vamp red suede with a metal studded heel and a watersnake ankle strap. Let’s add to that a cushioned instep. <swoon>

Laser Cut Bootie  – DYING. A moto-inspired confection of “intricate laser-cut embossed nappa leather, metal rivets and a hand-finished zipper”, as her site states. WANT.

Motley Hobo – Need to cart your life around in impeccable style? This bag inspires envy so deep that you will probably need to hire security. Shrunken lamb hide, handcrafted metal hardware and bolt-shaped tassel. Seasonless. Worth every penny.

Chain Minaudiere – Python-embossed leather with liquid silver chain fringe and a quartz crystal pyramid clasp. Total rock and roll. If you’re looking for something that will spice up even the most basic black dress or jeans and tee, look no further.

Artisanal Croc Cuff – This is a true statement piece. Think about this stunning croc-textured cuff (14 karat gold-plated brass) against just a basic black turtleneck or with a strapless dress. Actually, think of it with EVERYTHING.



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