New to the LG Fashion Week lineup, Ryerson graduate Amanda Lee Kew and Montreal’s Duy (formerly of Pink Tartan) both delivered promising collections. Lee Kew’s debut look was a micro-mini fringe skirt that came up a bit too short. Next were crisp shifts in shades of tan. Craft-paper-look coated cottons and linens were both crisp and relaxed, but the mini-bubble treatment on sculpted shoulders appeared awkward. Simpler details, such as naïve self-belts let Lee Kew’s alluring fabrics and flattering nipped silhouettes shine. A long taupe tank dress with Raquel Allegra-style (and Thomas, last season) threadbare shreaded sides would appeal to the Alexander Wang or Vanessa Bruno customer I suspect Lee Kew is vying to charm. Speaking of, the standout look, a milky tea layered long-sheer-sleeve dress with platinum beaded fringe won us over. Her blue-lipped bow (to match her models) also beguiled.
Duy’s collection explored the theme of The English Patient. Smartly, there were no literal translations of the film’s costumes, but rather, a spirit similar to the film’s African safari-scape. Uptown hostess caftans, here in lemon meringue yellow and a drapey trench coat worn haughtily as a dress were the strongest statements. They quietly echoed the film’s mise-en-scène. A silver tuxedo jacket with full white cropped pants and feather-peplum frock veered from the theme but were pretty, if a bit flippant. A bubblemint pink skin-tight short suit really took away from the elegance Duy had established. Just in time, champagne silk open-flap evening coats and a cocoon-back pleated LBD were sincerely stellar. In short – actually, in long – when the designer sticks to elongated silhouettes with wafting-cloth gestures, he excels.