I’ve heard people describe high fashion as Star Trek-inspired before and have thought it ridiculous. But if I’m being honest, when the first model stalked down the runway at Cara Cheung, Star Trek was the first thing that popped into my mind (and I have the notes to prove it). Before we all jump to the wrong conclusion, however, Cheung’s show reminded me of the cult space classic in good, retro-vision-of-the-future way. The sleeves of a few of the dresses had highly constructed and molded cap sleeves and the metallic embroidery was precise and restrained. Only the crystal bedazzled armbands took the theme a bit too far.
This season, Cheung’s bread and butter were super short, super body-con bandeau dresses. The designer’s perfectionist technique was very evident in the dresses’ paneling and perfect fit: they were tight without any spandex effect or unsightly creases. There was intricate metallic embroidery that had the effect of reptilian scales, a leather dress with a snakeskin print skirt, and a number of pieces with crystal detail and sheer chiffon extensions in purple and pops of citron. The peplums, done in the aforementioned chiffon and also in leather gave the otherwise close fitting dresses some much-needed dimension. By the finale, Cheung’s models were no longer Trekkies, but rather looked like an army of feminine warriors suited for modern day.