It’s officially November! That means the holidays are coming up and you probably need a new look. Last week, I brought you Kasané Jewellery as the latest member of my Up-and-Coming Collection. This week, it’s all about her high school friend, Cheryl Leung, the designer behind womenswear brand, Sau.
A Hong Kong-based label, Sau combines East and West with elegance. Keep reading for a look at your new favorite Thanksgiving, December and New Year’s Eve dresses.
“It’s quite important, being a Hong Kong brand, for me to bring a little bit of my culture into [each design]; but not too much where it’s overwhelming,” says Leung. “I still want it to be relatable to each fashion market. So, for example, for Fall/Winter I always try to bring in like a deep red and some embroidery so it’s got a slight Chinese feel.”
Leung brought out these elements with more than just color or delicate embroidery. In the red lace Camilla dress (shown below), she mixes a Mandarin collar with cutouts and an asymetrical hem to demonstrate the varied influences.
“Besides that, my inspiration comes more from my fabrics,” Leung explains. “I sort through fabrics and prints and colors. Then I go from there.”
While each design is manufactured in Hong Kong, getting one to your closet doesn’t require a foreign transaction fee. On top of having a multiple pop ups in New York, Sau is available on Revolve, BHLDN and Anthropologie. Leung also sells her lines in Mexican boutiques as well as in South America, Australia, Aisia and Lebanon (specifically, Aïshti, a leading Lebanese department store).
If you fit between sizes 0 and 8, you can also get your look on SauClothing.com. Other stockers carry a larger size range so don’t worry if you’re like me and don’t fit in those numbers!
Whatever your style (or location!), your budget shouldn’t be too much of a concern either. The price tags fit in a perfect spot between luxury and affordable at $300 to $400 for extraordinary cocktail dresses and $500 – $700 for show-stopping gowns.
You can even see it in person before you buy at one of the brand’s many pop up shops!
Here’s a look at a few more pieces from the Fall/Winter 2016 line:
What’s next for Sau? Leung told StylisticReaction.com that along with visiting Paris this year, she plans to expand more in Europe.
You know I couldn’t just end it here. Check back soon for even more emerging designers that give you statement, high fashion style on a 20-something’s budget.