If you live in Toronto, at the cusp of Fashion Week, and have been paying attention to anything related to fashion; you'd know that the buzz surrounding Amanda Lew Kee's Fall/Winter 2012 Collection has been magnetic. Lew Kee is fresh, quite dramatically, and has been one to look out for since her debut at Toronto Fashion Week only two years ago. Since her successful plunge into the industry, Lew Kee has quickly built a strong reputation of fierce and bold pieces, most notably her trademark metal work, leather jackets, and printed pieces. She boasts an arsenal of tailored edge and inspired attitude; and is often someone whom I associate with bridging the gap between high end style and raw, urban aesthetic. She is one of the brightest young talents to emerge out of this city and has always stood uniquely apart from every other designer.
Lew Kee's Fall/Winter 2012 Collection is no exception. Black leather dominates the aesthetic this year and is fiercely on-point with season. Her fantastic coats and bombers balanced with sharp, leather skirts and lined with metal are androgynous in nature and fiercely unapologetic. And yet her blouses are cut with such elegance that they are reminiscent of her colourful Spring Collection late last year as if dipped in black and edge. It is almost vampiric in feel and, unlike many collections this year, stays true to a fitted silhouette. It is brilliant and I couldn't love it any more than if I could somehow own that fantastic leather-sleeved bomber myself!