A number of Japanese designers, all extremely talented, recently made their debut at New York Fashion Week with a new concept, “Tokyo Meets New York,” at the Salon at Lincoln Center. To realize the vision, they worked very closely with the Japan Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, the New Business Promotion Division of Small and Medium Enterprise Agency and the Japan Fashion Week Organization. Ranging from fashion to luxury to street designs, the goal of the show was to inject energy into the Japanese market and generate interest in it.

Fall ’15 designs by Tokyo designers for the “Tokyo Meets New York” show for Fashion Week.

For fall ’15, the look was clean, contemporary clothes from AULA. Layered looks that included texture designs came from Double Standard Clothing. DRESSCAMP showed bold colors and couture-inspired clothes. Fig&Viper emphasized neogrunge looks. The feminine designs of Han Anh Soon were simply stylish, and the whimsical world of Riccimie New York was also featured.

Monicka Chaing, another design house presenting at Fashion Week, showed an interesting collection of apparel, handbags, shoes and jewelry. Her designs offered a bit of nonchalance, yet displayed contradictory sensibilities. Her clothes are softly styled with feathers that were set against steely metal studs. In her collection, there are bursts of rich tones that mingle with soft earth hues and black leather, usually paired with sensual sheer knits. This finely wrought tension is at the heart of the Monika Chaing brand. She spent her youth traveling around the world and living abroad. Her sense of style bloomed at a young age.

The Monika Chaing collection is designed for a woman with attitude and spirit. She is a fashion-forward woman with deep appreciation of other cultures. “I design with her in mind,” explained Chaing. “I want my collection to help empower women to dress with confidence and feel comfortable, without sacrificing style.”