When we were first introduced to Sunny Fong on Project Runway Canada, it was clear that his talent extended far beyond reality TV stardom. His exquisite tailoring and attention to detail has made VAWK, his luxury ready-to-wear label, one of the highlights of Toronto Fashion Week. For Fall 2013, Fong focused on what he does best; namely simple, minimalist designs which resulted in a refined and surprisingly wearable collection.
Titled “Nordic Fauna,” VAWK’s Fall 2013 collection was inspired by the clean lines of Scandinavian interior design as well as classic winter hunting attire. An introductory video showing a series of images of the bleak yet strangely beautiful wintertime forests set the stage for what was to be an incredible display of minimalism with a unique Canadian touch. The collection kept with VAWK’s signature neutral colour palette and sexy form-fitting dresses, but stayed away from 1980s Madonna-inspired looks of Spring 2013. What was left was exquisitely crafted clothes that women all over the world would be happy to wear.
Highlights of the collection included militaristic suits that showed off Fong’s impeccable tailoring, on-trend cut out dresses, and exceptional maple leaf prints. Fur, one of the major Fall 2013 trends, was used sparingly throughout the collection, sometimes appearing on sleeves, collars, or vests. A white satin skirt and chic fur vest that was worn with a gold belt and white fingerless gloves was a definite winner. One sexy black cut out dress in particular generated more than a few cheers from the audience. And a stunning camel cape-coat, which drew on the ongoing outerwear cape trend, looked perfect for the well-dressed, no-nonsense urban woman.
Fong’s back to basics approach for VAWK Fall 2013 is sure to pay-off for the brand as it continues to grow within Canada and around the world. Fong has managed to create exactly what the modern woman is looking for: elegant, on-trend, and practical pieces that are perfect for withstanding the winter weather.