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Fong does double duty: stylish urban warrior for VAWK, classic chic for VAWKKIN

03/14/2012 05:41 EDT | Updated 05/14/2012 05:12 EDT
TORONTO - Sunny Fong brought contrasting but cohesive visions of the modern woman to Toronto's World MasterCard Fashion Week on Wednesday, as his luxury label and debut affordable apparel line shared the stage.

With its "Sci-Fi Samurai" theme, the designer's main label, VAWK, included a tightly-edited selection of jackets, skirts, dresses and outerwear emblematic of a futuristic urban warrior with ample hints of Japanese style influences.

Models sporting leather headgear donned wool blazers with stainy lapels and slick cashmere and leather coats with tufts of fox trim accenting sleeves, shoulders and waists. Obi belts added eye-catching detail to lustrous, draped-sleeve kimono dresses and shimmering copper sequined gowns.

There was a decided contrast with Fong's affordable sister collection, VAWKKIN, which saw the Toronto-based talent put his signature touch on everyday essentials for the workday and weekend.

To drive home the message of a more accessible collection, an open casting call took place with more than 100 submissions whittled down to 16 women of different ages, heights, body types and ethnicities walking the runway.

Steeped in a palette of black, grey and pops of rich teal, VAWKKIN featured a range of polished separates including wool blend coats, blazers and pants, flared hem skirts, chic chiffon blouses, reptile print tops and wrap dresses.

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