FAT Day 4: Global Village
Global Village night at FAT has always been one of our favourite nights of the week-long fashion extravaganza. The energy is great, the tunes are pumping, and the runway room is one giant party that were fortunate enough to be invited to. This year was no exception!
First World Fashion:
The evening opened to a heart-wrenching film to commemorate the 2nd anniversary of the Rana Plaza catastrophe where thousands of garment workers died and were severely injured in a factory collapse. The film by Laura Gildner and Sarah Jay featured the story of one of the survivors spoken in her own words that moved the audience to tears. It was a poignant reminder that as consumers and fashion industry professionals, we must make a conscious effort to prevent this disaster from happening again. We can prevent further anguish by supporting designers and boutiques that are mindful and ethical in the production of their garments, and demand that bigger companies who still use underpaid and poorly protected labour change their ways to take into account human rights. Your shirt is worth much more than you paid!
Tetiana K Clothing:
Tetiana K paid homage to her Scottish heritage in her collection this year with lady-like and classic pieces in tartan. Each piece is impeccably tailored, draped and designed. These are garments that you will have in your wardrobe forever.
Kaela Kay was bright, fun and full of energy. Her pieces have life, movement, and we adored the mix of detailed patterns that went so beautifully together. The collection embraced femininity: A-line skirts and dresses ruled the runway, ruffles adorned the neckline of blouses, there was sheer peekaboo detailing on the hem of one of the skirts, and ornate headdresses topping off each stunning ensemble. And those shoes!!! They were perfect in every way.
Clan Gordon by David C Wigley:
David C Wigley’s collections always blow us away. We were entranced by his corpse bride collection this year for his women’s wear collection. Models creeped down the runway, slowly showing off the masterpieces they were wearing. Everything about this collection was so incredible that we have no words, so here are a million photos to give you a general gist of the experience that was this awesome show!
Can we just talk about how incredible Riatoss Productions was last night? They were THE highlight of our week. The crowd went wild over the incredibly talented dance troupe who pumped the venue full of so much energy that I felt like I could have run a marathon. Not only did they deliver an awe-inspiring dance performance, they looked damn good doing it. The outfits were an eye orgasm: color, pattern, expert layering, texture, just all of the things. If you weren’t there last night, you SERIOUSLY missed out.
Local Toronto boutique Parloque showed at FAT this week which was bad for our Marketing Director Anna because she lives too close for her wallet’s comfort and wants EVERYTHING from the show. Sophisticated streetwear was shown beautifully with skilled layering. Favorite pieces were the snake skin crop top, apron front shorts (perfect for the summer), and the Pink City Watchman Dr. Manhattan top. The show also featured headpieces from Amplify Apparel who will be at FAT tonight! We also loved the mismatched shoes on some of the models…a fun touch.
We were heart-broken on Tuesday when Jon Riosa was not able to show his collection, so imagine our joy when we found out he would be rescheduled to Friday. Jon Riosa’s wire art creations are mind-blowing, beautiful, and architectural master-pieces. We still can’t get over how amazing that metal head-piece was. Not only did he showcase his beautiful wearable sculptures, but he also featured some of his garments. We went gaga for the bandage-look sculptured dress and great tie-up leather pants.
They’ve done it again. L’Uomo Strano is one of our favourite men’s wear designer in Toronto and we always look forward to seeing his collections. This was his best collection to date. Apparently perfection can get better, who knew? The androgynous collection was flowing, layered, amazingly detailed, perfect. Our jaws dropped with the one model wearing a column of red yarn knit into a cocoon.
Venita Salian gave a sweet nod to 40s fly-girls in her show this year. We were loving the boxy jackets, over-sized pockets (because we LOVE a good pocket), sexy leather pencil skirts, and the v-zip jumpsuit that would be a killer piece for the Summer.
We were looking forward to seeing Victor Keita’s collection VKeita and our anticipation was well rewarded. The show opened with a beautifully shot but heart-wrenching fashion film starring the model/designer himself. When the lights came up, the models began their journey down the runway wearing tied wrap skirts, caftans, maxi dresses, crop tops, and pleat front pants. Victor has paid wonderful attention to detail and the fit of his designs is fabulously executed. The collection is wearable but extravagant. We were especially taken with his neck and head peices. We look forward to seeing more from Victor in the future.
Bright jewel tones, abstract graphic prints, ornate embellishment, flowing skirts, cut-out detailing…this was all present in the TFL Couture collection. The placement of pattern and position of the cut-out detailing perfectly highlight and compliment the female form. Pockets are subtly included in the geometric cut shorts, part of the design but not obvious at a glance. The showstopper of course was the caped coat that converts into a bustle train, an elegant and glamorous piece and a wonderful end to a fantastic evening.
[Images courtesy of Anna Crooke Photography]