Amanda Lew Kee is all about atmosphere. This season, the young designer presented twelve looks over a multiple course meal at Ursa, Toronto’s new gastronomical hotspot. Working closely with Chef Jacob Sharkey Pearce and mixologist Robin Goodfellow, Lew Kee presented two looks at a time while guests enjoyed a coordinated dish pairing. The designer confessed to being a huge fan of the restaurant and wanted to present her spring collection in an intimate and personal way.
This clearly came across. The first two looks – a mint green shorts suit and body-con dress – were modelled as we sipped gin cocktails in the same fresh shade. Two ensembles of pixilated dot print were sent out along with a clear soup, it’s carefully spherical vegetables perfectly mimicking the patterns in the garnet. A smear of black sesame garnish on the entrée evoked the mesh panels on two dresses. The courses made for a full sensory experience, with the designer and her new supporter, Roots founder Michael Budman, circulating to all the tables throughout the evening.
The collection itself was inspired by Lew Kee’s recent experiences promoting her brand in New York, which culminated in her participation in the GenArt show during NYFW last month. The clothes were made using the same techno fabrics as Lululemon. Hers are staunchly the looks of urban warriors rather than yogis, however, and stand as a metaphorical and literal antidote to the sweat brought on by New York’s hot summers. In contrast, the presentation was the epitome of cool.