Fashion as always has been my little kingdom, the place where I can express myself, my mood, my aesthetic and my creativity. Therefore, Fashion Art Toronto (FAT) event, which took place last week at Daniels Spectrum theatre, was the perfect platform which allowing my creative juices flow and unleash my inner artist that sometime hidden deep down under social conventions. For someone who love unique and fashion forward style, Fashion Art Toronto, was a real excitement.This annual event (five days of festival) which held every April in Toronto, brings together talented local and international designers from across the world to celebrate the freedom of creativity that combines art, performance and of course fashion.
This year the theme was about dress codes and how the major role fashion plays in constructing identity. Each day of the event focused on other aspect that related to fashion, as social status, gender, culture and religion. Day 1 for example, constraints around sexuality and how we express it different individual way.
Among all the 100 talented designers, there were several standout pieces that left me speechless.
Elizabeth Elwood a label found by Jakelia Elwood ,in 2015, showcase a sensual lingerie-inspired evening dresses. The “Blossom” collection was made of sheer and silky smooth fabrics. One of my favourite piece is this cage crop top and maxi skirt. I love how the peekaboo details gives the skirt an edgy twist and a super sexy touch.
The designers Katherine Laird and Jennifer Murtagh from Wallace Playford created a playful collection inspired by the japanese pop culture which called “Neko-pop”. My favourite piece was the floral rain cape with the striped knee socks and striped skirt. The playful approach along with the feminine sexuality vibe, brought a uniqueness element.
With Love Lingerie
Carrie Russel the founder and designer of ‘With Love Lingerie’ created a feminine yet very fashion forward collection for the sexy and empowered woman. I was fascinated by the attention to details like the bold red floral netted mesh, which instantly evoke the romantic yet glamours feel.
Lesley Hampton showcase an edgy warrior collection inspired from the American native culture, with a lot of sequins, glitter and metallics that added a lot of drama to the runway. This black maxi dress with the oxidized copper and foils details was breathtaking and and stuck with me the most.
The Mexican designer Belinda Visag introduce her magical Fall/Winter 2016 “Judy and the Andine Dream” collection with elements that were taken from her Peruvian roots in such . This outfit stole my heart. I love the vibrant traditional fretwork details with the vivid reds to magenta with a touch of yellow accents. The parfect balance between elegant and girlish look.
House of poplyn
The Canadian brand House Of Poplyn found in 2014 and is known for the colourful and extraordinary style. The current ‘DreamCatcher’ collection is inspired by ocean waves and the reflection of light on the sea. I found this look so special because it’s blends the feminine charm with an avant-garde artistic details.
Designer Andrea JungMin Oh showcase an all-white classy collection made by delicate and unique fabric and a 3D floral details, which is flatter every woman’s body shape. This piece was my favourite because of the way it’s balance so perfectly between simplicity the super modern look. The paper dolls and the technical drawings, emphasize the high quality fabric’s details.
Neoteny Apparel is a Toronto based unisex clothing line. Their goal is to blurring the line between masculine and feminine with loose fitting layers and playing with proportion. This look was absolutely noticeable because of the yellow plastic pocket combine with the bright yellow lip, and the unusual mix of texture.
Quennie Dagmang created a collection which called ‘Revival + Survival’. Her collection is all about reviving her Philippine culture with a simplistic and natural silhouette, that is also an eco friendly, made from raw fabric. I love the delicate feminine embellishment in this look. There is something so earthy and authentic about it.
Pichora & Downs the founder of Nuvango have a 20 years experience in the local fashion industry, Their unique concept included collaborating with artists from across the world to transform their works on canvas into something wearable, and in this runway show they release their ‘Colour Theory’ capsule collection, .I choose this finale piece since it’s provide the perfect canvas for showcasing their techniques. the maxi skirt is simply represent their creativity, like a piece of art. For me this is the perfect example that fashion and art do meets.
*Photo credit: Jonathan Hooper