Monday I ventured down to SoHo to visit the new C Wonder store. Chris Burch is a brilliant marketer and the happy spot brims with bright colors and touch me temptation everywhere you look. But I won’t dwell on this venue since so many others have covered it.
Afterwards we walked across Prince Street to another of the entrepreneur’s recent ventures – girlfriend Monika Chiang‘s preview store. While the designer’s permanent digs are being prepared, this temporary location serves to introduce a small collection in advance of the official spring opening. What a different feel from Burch’s signature colors that we’re accustomed to seeing at ex-wife Tory’s emporiums, C Wonder or Poppin. This dark sophisticated lair exuded an edgy trendiness that I didn’t think was going to be my cup of tea.
But after perusing the offerings, I realized that although some items featured the thorns, soaring heels and spikes of the late night club crowd, much of the collection actually focussed on updated classics tweaked to walk the line between trendy and timeless. Take for example this good looking camel grouping above. These pieces could go in either direction depending on their pairings.
Look how great friend Ridgely Brode looks in it – casual chic at its best.
My favorite piece in the ready to wear collection was probably this fur vest. My photo does not do justice to the elegant coloration of the raccoon. A versatile dress me up or down addition to anyone’s wardrobe, I was a little sad to return this one to the rack.
Where Chiang really shines, however, is with her accessories collection. At Tory-esque mid price points, many of the pieces, such as this easy going large Moto bag, are worth consideration. I love her signature closure – it references crossover hardware/equestrian chic.
Another successful harnessing :-) of the signature buckle is seen in the Carabiner belt. I tried this on over the fur vest and it was fabulous! I might have to have a conversation with Santa about this versatile accessory.
Chiang’s accessory line also includes a collection of jewelry. While some of the pieces seem destined for those on Santa’s naughty list, her signature cuff, seen here in her official portrait, would be a welcome gift for just about anyone.
I’m looking forward to seeing the full spring collection when the permanent store opens on Spring St. in the new year. While edgier than Tory Burch, this well-priced line is sure to include choices for a variety of tastes and styles. In the meantime there are a few items here that might just make it into my winter wardrobe!!