Sandy Liang and Warby Parker Fete the Lunar New Year at New York Fashion Week
It’s been a big week for Sandy Liang. Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday the designer went back home to Queens to celebrate the Chinese New Year with her family—all the while preparing for her fashion week presentation on Sunday. “I don’t like how close the New Year is to fashion week this year!” Liang said, though she made the most of the coincidence, incorporating some traditions into both her show and after-party dinner with Warby Parker at Mission Chinese. Mandarin oranges—a symbol of prosperity during the New Year—were scattered on Liang’s runway, and around the glittering blue BRRCH bouquets that decorated the dining room. A dragon head sat atop the restaurant’s fish tank, borrowed from one of Liang’s dad’s friend. (After the event came to an end, the dragon could be seen winding its way down Canal Street.)
A chic crowd, including Leandra Medine and Petra Collins, gathered over green tea noodles and mapo tofu, excitedly unzipping fleece pouches that contained Warby Parker shades and lucky red envelopes. As the new Ariana Grande album played, the vibe was decidedly more Friday than Sunday, though Liang admitted she’d be having a cozy night in after her marathon of a week. “I’m reading this self-help book from the ’90s, Rich Dad Poor Dad,” she said. But with a brand-new, sought-after collection, and the Year of the Pig welcoming in wealth, Liang doesn’t need much advice.