In 2012, the year of the dragon, it seems only natural that Mathieu Mirano's Fall 2012 collection is brimming with Chinese inspirations; there were dragon heads hanging down from the ceiling at the presentation just like Katya Leonovich's paintings a few days ago. Mirano showed at New York Fashion Week for the first time. From my experience, in fashion it's important to be different (so people notice you), but not too different (so people still understand you), and I felt that this is exactly what Mirano accomplished with this collection. The Chinese motifs are not taken too literally (the opposite of which you can sometimes see even on the biggest runways - so easy to put a bunch of different prints on the qipao, no?), giving the garments a look that is both regal and contemporary. If the empress from The Curse of the Golden Flower were alive today, she would wear Mathieu Mirano.