By Anne Hunter
Monika Chiang caused quite the commotion when she debuted her shoe collection this fall, rocking her street-style designs in everything from ripped boyfriend jeans and studded leather motorcycle jackets to sleek formal fashion lines. We suspect that another uproar for Chiang's shoe artistry is imminent, this time, with good tidings for the holiday season. "We are lusting over each and every style in the current collection," says STYLESTUDIO founder Allyson Longshore. "Our top stylist picks are the Alana in black, the Freya in black and the Armena boot. They are a must-have to give any look the cool it-girl factor." Wear them with a cocktail dress or pair with leather pants and a killer jacket and you’ll be sure to turn heads, not to mention spark fashionable shoe related conversations.
"I have heard women tell me their favorite place to wear my heels is at home, in sweats or just panties. It makes them feel sexy…even if they are alone," says Chiang of her artistic shoe collection. Not a bad gift idea for the men who want to empower their women, starting at home.
Chiang's seven autumn/winter ready-to-wear designs include the sought-after Alana Cage Heel that effortlessly transitions from day to night and the elegantly braided chain roped statement piece, the Imena II. Chiang believes in empowering women. "When women wear my shoes I want them to feel confident.” The designer says with a sense of worldliness and an ease. Her mother is an artist - a dancer. "As a child, I would make little outfits for my dolls. At that young age, shoes or more importantly heels, hadn’t entered my world yet. I don’t think I had even tried on my first heels until the tail end of high school."
Chiang's shoes are already reaching a global audience. "I have orders coming in from Dubai, Paris and Australia. I love knowing that women around the world can put on my heels and feel empowered." Saturated in blacks and reds and complemented in earthy neutral shades, each work of art is deliberately created by Chiang to deliver city comfort with an edgy attitude. In addition to its feminine prowess, her collection exudes an undercurrent of utilitarianism, which she refers to as "modern armor" for women. "When it comes to Monika’s cutting-edge designs, they are the secret fashion weapon for fashionistas seeking a fresh new level of cool. Wearing her shoes shows that you are beyond the fashion mainstream," says Longshore. Lucky for Longshore, STYLESTUDIO has an all access pass to Monika’s collection and her number on speed dial.