VAWKing Diversely…Kinda

VAWK showed both the regular line using mostly “standard size” models (a couple looked a bit bigger than what’s “typical) as well as the debut of VAWKKIN, a “regular” collection that is more for the everyday woman featuring “real woman” models (i.e. non-professional) of different shapes and sizes, include (you may remember my rant about my problem with their model call requiring their “everyday” woman to be at least 5’6”) including popular Toronto blogger, Sharon from Backseat Stylers (no picture, but you can see her around the 10:25 mark in the video below). I do think, however, that there could have been a bit more size diversity (maybe even using a very short and proportionately slightly larger sized model – say, 4’10” and a size 8 or 10 – rather than a “typical” petite woman around my size), but I appreciate that Sunny Fong, who has always used one or two non-standard models in his collections, is trying to change things.


As for the looks themselves, I found both collections to be very pretty and wearable, though there was a lack of colour. The VAWK collection was mostly black with hints of aubergine/burgundy, while VAWKKIN was had hints of teal. Nonetheless, there are definitely pieces I would definitely consider. My absolute favourite comes from the VAWK collection – a fluttery sleeved dress that would be amazing with metallic accessories – especially silver as it would most definitely pop. With VAWKKIN, despite the dominance of grey tweeds, many pieces can work well both for the office and can translate to a more casual look when paired with denim.

One thing I’d like to see Sunny do with his collections in the future is to mix it up a little with the models. In other words, I’d like to see diverse sizes showing both VAWK and VAWKKIN – after all, women of all shapes and sizes wear both lines. Using non-standard size models for the VAWKKIN line only can imply that we’re just “regular” people regulated to the office and not something more elegant and glamorous.

About Cynthia Cheng Mintz

Cynthia Cheng Mintz is the founder and webitor-in-chief of this site and the petite-focused site, Shorty Stories. She has also written for other publications including the Toronto Star and has blogged for The Huffington Post. Her first novel, Aspirations, was published in 2007. Outside of writing, Cynthia researches and advises philanthropic ideas for family funds and foundations and also volunteers.

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