Year of the dress

The silk organza dress with re-embroidered black flowers features a bateau neckline. Feather cuffs with rhinestones add a glam ’60s touch. (Photo: Sarah Elizabeth)

It's full steam ahead with Frank Sukhoo's stressed silk Dupioni peplum dress with embroidered side panels that feature a glorious gold floral pattern. (Photo: Richard Tardif)

There are three things that you won’t forget when first meeting designer Frank Sukhoo: his last name, infectious laugh and jaw-dropping haute-couture workmanship.

Sukhoo has built a solid reputation throughout the capital for hosting charity fashion events and for dressing the gala-going crowd such as socialites, diplomats and most recently Sharon Johnston, the governor general’s wife.

He unveils a new Fall/Winter 2013

collection of gowns, dresses, bridal and daywear, fur pieces and a few surprises in a runway show Sunday night at 7 p.m.

“I’ve created 16 new pieces that have an Asian-inspired theme,” says the 48-year-old designer who operates a showroom and boutique in the ByWard Market.

“My show is actually on the night of Chinese New Year’s so everything is aligned.”

There’ll be splashes of gold, black and yellow tones mixed up with sparkling sequins, rhinestones and recycled fur.

“I love the Ottawa Convention Centre venue and creating pieces for fall and winter since that’s what we live in here 80 per cent of the time. I had a

lot of fun with this collection. Get ready for lots of little twists, too,” said a teasing Sukhoo, who taught for more than a decade at the Richard Robinson Fashion Design Academy.

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