Named last year as one of the top five designers in China by Modern Weekly, a leading Chinese luxury and lifestyle magazine, Cho Cheng presented his ready-to-wear Fall Collection at the recent New York Fashion Week to fanfare and praise. Having showed his Spring Collection in royal gala fashion at The New York Public Library’s Astor Hall, Cheng has already lived up to his name as the new master of red carpet glamour. This time, Cheng repeats his familiar line up of tailored suits, evening gowns, and cocktail dresses in impeccable detail and majestic flair, making this year’s show a stately affair. His fall ready-to-wear collection emphasizes less on the moderate fusion of East meets West, and fiddles more with timelines. From 80s inspired funky flairs retaining Ralph Lauren elegance, to a play on gold and silver that recalls the jazz age, decadence never looked so good in the hands of this master. Indeed, his eclectic background, steeped deep in the fashion industry, is on display with his masterful work.
At just 23, Cho Cheng was born and raised in Hong Kong by his famous grandmother, Betty Char-Nuis Clemos, a famous fashion designer who also founded the Betty Couture collection at the Peninsula Hotel. Clemos’ frequent trips to couture shows as a famous designer had introduced Cheng to the world of fashion at a young age. She encouraged Cheng to study fashion design and passed on her company and the whole design archive to him on her death in 2005. Cheng later relocated to New York to study at the Parsons School of Design. Between internships at Vivienne Westwood and Sonia Rykiel, Cheng roamed the New York fashion world with a mission in mind. Soon upon graduation, he spent most of his time in China to take care of his grandmother’s estate and portfolio and garnering a sizable following of celebrity and socialite approval for his work as the creative director at Maggie Norris Couture. For Cheng, his debut at the New York Fashion Week was a foray into the fashion world with various Ateliers set through the world.
Those wishing to experience Cheng’s old world elegance need not wait any longer, the designer has opened his doors at 51 East 63rd St. in New York.