Monika Chiang had a jet-setter childhood: The daughter of a well-traveled artist, the emerging designer lived in the United Kingdom, France, Sweden, Taiwan and Hong Kong (just to name a few locales).
But her gravity-defying shoes are really in charge. The sky-high plum suede stiletto ($445) is more than six inches tall, and the heels on the thigh-grazing studded leather boots ($1,095) are five inches of tough-girl chic. Even Chiang's ballet flats ($255) have a hidden wedge heel for extra lift.
Following the opening of boyfriend Chris Burch's C. Wonder, Chiang is going bicoastal with a West Hollywood boutique and imminent Manhattan brick-and-mortar.
Bearing in mind her renegade aesthetic, we can't wait to see her forthcoming lingerie line.