VAWK for eBAY HOLIDAY

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

VAWK is thrilled to collaborate once again with eBay Canada for a limited-edition collection featuring clothing and accessories called VAWK for eBay Holiday. The nine-piece collection is exclusive to eBay for the duration of the sale which runs from December 2 – 8, or while supplies last.  Items will be sold at auction or Buy It Now prices, with free shipping across Canada. The collection’s one-of-a-kind winter-white formal gown will be auctioned off – starting at 99 cents – with proceeds benefiting Kids Help Phone.

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VAWK for Shangri-la II

Monday, September 9th, 2013

Photo | Christian Stoyanov

Shangri-La Hotel, Toronto unveiled the new Lobby Lounge wardrobe by VAWK Creative Director, Sunny Fong, during the cocktail reception. The VAWKtail was created in honour of the collaboration, an Asian infused cocktail made with prosecco, brandy, and yuzu and garnished with a single sugar cube. The partnership marks an infusion of Asian Canadian luxury design into the Asian luxury hospitality and ambience embodied by Shangri-La Hotel, Toronto.

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“The energy in the Lobby Lounge was palpable last night. Seeing and hearing everyone’s enthusiastic reaction to our new look truly felt celebratory,“ said Richard Cooke, general manager, Shangri-La Hotel, Toronto. “It has been a joy working with Sunny Fong and the entire VAWK team.”

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The new Lobby Lounge attire design draws inspiration from the décor of the hotel lobby, the cultural heritage of the designer himself and that of the hotel’s luxury Asian hospitality. “I wanted the design to truly reflect a hybrid of my brand and what I feel Shangri-La Hotel, Toronto represents. I was inspired by the art work in the lobby, the Ming vase tea library and the ornithological theme that is prevalent in the hotel and the Zhang Huan ‘Rising’ sculpture,” said Fong of his inspiration.

“When I met with Richard Cooke, we wanted something that seemed almost theatrical, so naturally I knew the silhouette had to be both sophisticated and sexy. I felt my desire to custom create a bold graphic print inspired by the Ming vase would absolutely make a dramatic statement.”

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www.shangri-la.com

Photos in gallery | Teddy Chau


VAWK for SHANGRI-LA

Friday, August 16th, 2013

SHANGRI-LA HOTEL, TORONTO CELEBRATES ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY WITH A NEW LOOK

Lobby Lounge, the Hotel’s Signature Bar and Live Music venue, partners with Vawk designer Sunny Fong for a new luxurious attire

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Shangri-La Hotel, Toronto presents “Act II” in celebration of its first anniversary on Tuesday, August 27, 2013. The cocktail event will welcome media and guests to help celebrate in a truly fashionable way with a new Lobby Lounge wardrobe created by Canadian clothing label VAWK.

In partnership with Canadian luxury women’s wear label VAWK, by Creative Director Sunny Fong, service associates in the Shangri-La Hotel, Toronto’s Lobby Lounge will be transformed into elegant works of art, through the introduction of an exclusive collaboration between the Shangri-La Hotel and the Toronto-based designer. The partnership is an infusion of Asian Canadian luxury design with Asian luxury hospitality and ambience embodied by the Shangri-La Hotel, Toronto to create the new Lobby Lounge wardrobe.
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“We are thrilled to be working with Asian Canadian designer Sunny Fong,” said Richard Cooke, general manager, Shangri-La Hotel, Toronto. “His creativity, intuitive sensitivity and attention to detail are truly unique. We are very excited about our new wardrobe and its timely debut just in time for TIFF.”

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OnAugust 31, 2012, the Shangri-La Hotel, Toronto opened in Canada’s largest metropolis, as part of the development and growth in the city’s luxury market. It is the first Asian luxury hotel brand in Toronto and is the second hotel in North America for Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts.  Known for its exceptional hospitality and food and beverage service, the Shangri-La Hotel, Toronto, hosts a variety of corporate, media and fashion events annually. “To partner with a brand like the Shangri-La is a dream come true.  My vision for a Canadian luxury label has always been to grow the brand internationally. A partnership like this is certainly a huge step in that direction,” said Fong of the collaboration. “The Shangri-La is known worldwide as one of the best luxury brands; I am truly humbled to be given such a great opportunity to showcase my design to their clientele.” Since inception, VAWK has become synonymous with quality craftsmanship and a design style that is as innovative as it is sophisticated. VAWK designs have been showcased on red carpets worldwide, including the Cannes International Film Festival, the Grammy Awards and the People’s Choice Awards.

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About Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts

Hong Kong-based Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts currently owns and/or manages 78 hotels under the Shangri-La, Kerry and Traders brands with a room inventory of over 32,000.  Shangri-La hotels are five-star deluxe properties featuring extensive luxury facilities and services. Shangri-La hotels are located in Australia, Canada, mainland China, Fiji, France, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Maldives, Philippines, Singapore, Sultanate of Oman, Taiwan, Thailand and the United Arab Emirates.  The group has a substantial development pipeline with upcoming projects in mainland China, India, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Qatar, Sri Lanka, Turkey and United Kingdom.  For more information and reservations, please contact a travel professional or access the website at www.shangri-la.com

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Friday, March 8th, 2013

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VAWK AFTERPARTY

Friday, December 21st, 2012

On October 26th we had our Afterparty at The Templar Hotel celebrating our Spring Summer 2013 Collection presentation at MasterCard Fashion Week in Toronto.

This party was made possible by the support from:

Photos | Chris Vassalos

VAWK BARBIE for TFI 25

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

Photo  |  Silverlight Photography

The Toronto Fashion Incubator’s 25th anniversary gala was recently held at the Royal Ontario Museum’s Crystal on May 3 2012. As part of the celebration, designers across Canada were asked to participate in the Barbie art-as-fashion challenge. VAWK was excited to take on the challenge and designed an avant-garde garment inspired by Barbie while creating a miniature version for Barbie herself.

The VAWK dress was reminiscent of the first outfit worn by Barbie, a black and white swim suit, with a futuristic spin created by graphic lines and shapes and a splash of the signature Barbie pink.

That evening the VAWK creation was modeled on the celebrity filled runway runway by Tara Spencer-Nairn, actor of Corner Gas and The Listener.


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SCI-FI SAMURAI Autumn/Winter 2012

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

Presenting his Autumn/Winter 2012 collection inspired by Samurais and Science Fiction, Sunny Fong sent VAWK women down the runway in leather space-caps with Samurai-style hair and 1960’s mod-inspired eyes on contoured faces.

The collection featured ready-to-wear pieces including coats adorned with leather and fox detailing, Samurai inspired jackets in black silk as well as cocktail and floor length dresses in plum silk and copper sequins fusing both Samurai and Science Fiction influences to create a powerful yet elegant collection.

This season marked the debut of our sister collection VAWKKIN where we held a casting call to have everyday women be the first to wear the collection on the runway.  Our special thanks to the over 100 women who applied and an even bigger thank you to the 16 women selected.

To view hair and makeup looks for VAWK, check out our behind the scenes footage with makeup by Maybelline and hair by Redken click here.

VAWK would like to thank the following:

Kevin Bailey-DJ |   Bulldog Productions – VAWKKIN Introduction video |  Tricia Hall – Stylist | Ben Barry Agency – Casting and runway training for VAWKKIN  |  The Fashion Design Council of CanadaSermoneta Gloves |   Town Shoes

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Photo | George Pimentel

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CASTING CALL!

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

With the launch of our sister label VAWKKIN rapidly approaching, the VAWK team wanted to rollout our new project in an exciting way.  VAWKKIN transitions seamlessly from work to the weekend. Since this line was designed with you in mind, we thought: Why not let you be the VAWKKIN woman and the first to wear it on the runway?

VAWKKIN is looking for women who would be thrilled to be a part of World MasterCard Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2012 in Toronto.

Requirements

  1. Are you available on Wednesday, March 14, 2012 from 1:00pm and two additional days (prior to the show) for fittings and rehearsals?
  2. Are you 18 years of age or older?
  3. Are high heels your favorite accessory?
  4. Are you taller than 5 ft 6? (Without heels)
  5. As always, VAWK celebrates diversity on the runway, do you range from size 2 to size 8, preferably? Curvy girls welcome! (Size 10 to 12)
  6. Are you the most confident and outgoing in your group of girlfriends?  (Keep in mind you will be strutting your stuff in front of hundreds of people including national media outlets)
  7. Are you constantly being told you are photogenic?
  8. Do you believe in benevolence? (This is strictly a volunteer opportunity, but who knows it could get you discovered!)

NOTE: Any contestants currently represented by an agency will not be paid according to any rate card or receive any fees.

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If you answered yes to all of the above VAWKKIN wants to hear from you!

Please email media@vawk.ca including your measurements (height, waist, bust, hips, dress size, shoe size) and two recent snapshots of yourself- one full length and one head shot and why you think you are a VAWKKIN woman.

Submissions close on Sunday, February 26 at 5:00p.m.

Only those selected for the casting will be contacted. If you receive notice for the casting call, interviews will be held on March 5, 2012 from 6p.m. to 9 p.m.  For those selected you must also be available for runway boot camp with Liis Windischmann, Agency Director of Ben Barry Agency the evening of Wednesday, March 7, 2012 and Sunday, March 11, 2012 in the afternoon. Fittings will be held on Saturday, March 10, 2012.  Casting details will be provided by email. (*times subject to change)


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VAWK INSECTICA SS2012

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011

RESORT 2012

Photos by | George Pimentel

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INSECTICA SS2012

Thursday, October 6th, 2011