Sheer Confusion: Amanda Lew Kee Fall/Winter 2011 Collection
April 5, 2011 1 Comment
Toronto native and Ryerson University Bachelor of Fashion Design grad Amanda Lew Kee has been gaining a lot of momentum since graduating from fashion school only last year. She’s premiered at Mass Exodus 2010, Holt Renfrew’s showcase of Ryerson grads, won Flare Magazine’s student editorial competition, dressed Shenae Grimes (90210) for the MMVAs, worked on music videos, was featured in Nylon Magazine as one of Canada’s Top Designers, listed as one of Eye Weekly’s 2010 Most Powerful People, and recently scored a segment with Jeanne Beker on Fashion Television. Saying this 22-year-old designer is hot might be a bit of an understatement.
Take a close look at last year’s Amanda Lew Kee Fall/Winter 2010 Collection. Note the black leather pieces decorated with studs and chains, the fishnet accents, crazy peaked shoulders, the sexy tattered knits, and strategic placement of sheers and zips. The cuts were bold, the look aggressive – an unapologetic, in-your-face, goth-meets-rock couture debut collection that knocks your socks off.
Then, there’s Fall/Winter 2011. Amanda successfully packed the main stage, in what was LG Fashion Week’s penultimate fashion show on Day 5. On display was a significantly tamer, strikingly more minimal collection, in a cornucopia of black fabrics, gold zippers, and pops of coloured tinsel. Was it not for the titillating sheer pieces and gorgeous goat-haired fur coat/dress that opened the show, we might have considered this collection repetitive – even boring. When asked about the inspiration for the FW11 collection, Lew Kee said she tried to, “highlight the coexistence of natural disasters and natural resources.” One can only assume that the natural disaster was 1990s fashion and the natural resource Le Château. A little harsh perhaps, but we are all very demanding of Amanda Lew Kee. I’m a firm believer that if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. The Asian Cinema inspired silhouettes and prints were nice, as were the Lew Kee signature sheer-strip panels – but something was missing. It’s that hard-edged funky Alexander McQueen meets Burberry Prorsum style that Amanda has decided to lock up post-FW10. We’re dying for more of it – at least I am. Let’s hope she hasn’t thrown away the key.