February 17, 2009 New York
Yes, she dabbled in the draped jersey pieces she built her business on—an elegant dress in the season's must-have shade of violet that dipped low in front and draped languidly to the floor from a knot below the bust was among the best.
But Chung is becoming just as well known for something we'll call the "statement shirt," a key wardrobe piece in this new age of the omnipresent black legging. The statement might be folding and tucking across the collarbones of a silver silk top so it looks like a cloud is resting on your shoulders. Or it could be a delicate black smoke print on the arm of a white silk blouse, as if your artist friend pulled out a pen and started doodling. As a female designer, she's clued in to those special touches that catch and keep a woman's eye. Do you need another fitted wool blazer? No. What about one with sheer draped jersey sleeves? Why, come to think of it, yes.