The Chicago-based designer Cyndi Chan is getting some serious attention on the national fashion scene and is about to step it up a notch this fall as Macy’s picks up her line, Ori-en by Cyndi Chan. “It’s all about the fabrics and precise tailoring!” Chan emphasizes. Her prêt-a-porter fall collection has strong movement with draping of flowing pleated skirts and dresses in glimmering silver that fall sensuously over curves. Even Chan’s more structured pieces have a delicate flexibility provided by stretch satin fabric.
Ori-en has a feel of the old Roman empire mixed with old Hollywood glamour, glass beadings, diamond weaved pattern in silk materials, long and sexy V-back sequined dresses and high-waisted, suede leather pants in grey hues that even Kate Blanchett would have given a nod to. The former Donna Karan intern also is clearly inspired by 60’s icons such as Audrey and Marilyn with namesake trenches and dresses. Watch out for her pleated dresses and her faux fur coat this winter! Sex and the Windy City!