VAWK by Sunny Fong Puts the AGO on the Fashion Week Map
The theme of the show was hibiscus, with the tropical bloom showing up in many ways, from frock appliqués to the leather portions of a sheer top. The collection showed Fong's trademark intersection between soft, feminine elements, and strong, Athena-like strength.
Here, this was manifested, for example, in a "captain's jacket" and "sailor's vest" that put forward a strong, somewhat masculine nautical front while still feeling ladylike and chic. See also the contrast between the slick leather pieces and a lot of whisper-thin blouses and camis. (And another contrast? Fong also chose to use a couple of bigger and older models, which was a welcome surprise.)
Fong's finale dresses were also a triumph: I found his closing number absolutely gorgeous, a floor-length pleated sand-coloured gown with fuschia and red ruffles sweeping the ground.
That sweet, humble Fong may be a fan favourite, but his clothes mean he'll be around a long time after people have forgotten he ever got his break on Project Runway Canada.
Photos by Mitch Orsatti. Video by Istoica.