CITYSCAPES TAKE SHAPE ON THE RUNWAY FOR FAT 2012
Story by Odessa Paloma Parker
While evening one of Fashion Art Toronto (FAT) had more natural inclinations explored in the theme of ‘LANDscapes’, the second night of shows and visual art had a distinctly urban appeal.
The crowd was first treated to a fashion film by Liam S Gleeson (Hidden Agency), featuring the ethereal, quintessentially London-style streetwear of Matthew Miller.
Chanteuse Cory Lee kicked off the first set of runway presentations, clad in Rachel Sin’s trademark angular lines. The rest of the looks from Sin would suit any city-dweller well, with a range of styles from day wear separates to little black dresses for evening. A few sequined cocktail pieces heightened the glam factor.
Parade’s collection was a metallic-infused offering by way of gilted patchwork bustiers and skirts, with a few chiffon pieces off-setting the edge.
Esther Perbandt (showing as part of the German Focus Fashion/Photo Onsite Exhibition) and Toronto-based Raji Aujla impressed with sleek menswear (and menswear-inspired) style. The sobriety and structure of their pieces was a nice contrast to the glitz of many of the other collections.
Hometown heroine Emily Woudenberg, who recently received the Passion for Fashion 2012 award (given by the Toronto Fashion Incubator), had a lot of noise behind her coming into the FAT event, and with good reason. A successful jewellery designer, Woudenberg has begun trying her hand at garment design, and her Fall/Winter 2012 pieces were eclectic, contemporary and youthful.
To showcase her “Ego” collection, Woudenberg created this video with Adam Zivo.
Photo galleries have dotted the entrance to FAT each night, and we loved the work of Valquire Veljkovic and Magnus Ragnvid Chammon, both showing as part of the German Focus Fashion/Photo Onsite Exhibition.
For the full FAT schedule of events, head over to their website.