The Amanda Lew Kee fall/winter 2011 show featured probably the most egregious use of fabric I have seen in several years of Fashion Week coverage. Kee was one of a few Fashion Collective members to snag a coveted Runway spot, but she might not be ready for the big top just yet. Back to the fabrics. MY GOD, THE FABRICS.
I actually uttered, "Oh, my god!" not once but twice as fluffy lamé giftwrap-style fabric floated down the runway in eye-melting shades of copper, royal blue, and hot pink. Then there was a handful of pieces in a shimmering peacock/black 90s-raver fabric. Then there was the vaguely Asian floral splashed with celadon sequins.
Make it stop.
Now, I admire Kee for attempting something daring. Something wild. But a collection lives and dies by its fabrics, and if they look cheap, if they look gaudy...then you're done for.
After her follow up to Ryerson's Mass Exodus last season, Amanda Lew Kee had estimated that she would keep soldiering on with off-site efforts. That is, until she felt ready for the big top.
When I heard she had committed to working with the recently formed Fashion Collective, I was excited to see her delectably trendy clothes on the runway.