Cara Cheung’s spring line-up was the final show presented as part of new fashion week initiative The Collections: two days at The Burroughes Building in the Queen West area of Toronto where a younger, cooler contingency of Canadian fashion designers were exhibited. Cheung is representative of this group – young and cool designing for the similarly inclined.
This outing was pure sex. Strapless body-con dresses were sewn with printed panels and encrusted with super-sized crystals. Metallic leather fringe bedecked hemlines of crop tops and skirts as well as the sleeves of a dress. A few monochromatic frocks featured the popular cutout at the ribcage as well as the double ‘M’ slits that we became so familiar with on the international runways last month. Hair was dreaded, skin was bronzed, and eyes were haphazardly smoky. The effect was that of beautiful Amazons emerging from a particularly passionate romp in the desert now on their way to party on King West.
While the collection was more club kid than cool kid, it’s the details in Cheung’s designs that have real potential. The Navajo-inspired prints were beautiful, as were the two-tone paintbrush prints that featured on a few pieces. The show was obviously concept driven, but sometimes, I think, less can be more in terms of skin and embellishment.
Click here to see Cara Cheung’s Spring 2013 collection.