FAT Day 5: Great Wild
The last night of FAT (Fashion Art Toronto) went out with a BANG!
Little M Inventions:
Little M Inventions show was a glimpse into a magical fairy-tale world filled with felted bunnies, wolves, and the Queen of the Forest. Models danced and frolicked around the tall silver trees on the runway. A mythical bird emerged for a snowy mound of felt to dance and bring together the warring tribes of rabbits versus wolves and cats. The whimsical performance drew us into the make-believe world of Little M Inventions’ creation, a large-scale example of the fantastical work that this designer crafts.
The collection of model-turned-designer Vanessa Kiraly was impressive in both its size and execution. Vanika was designed for the harsh Canadian winter wonderland. Faux fur adorned everything from maxi skirts, luxurious long coats that flowed as the models walked, and puffed vests. The rich colour palette and bold use of pattern make these pieces sure to stand out in the bleakest terrain, bringing life to a dead season. We are looking forward to seeing more from this talented, young new designer.
We are familiar with the typical offerings of Bridal collections, but Gavarcia takes us to an all new world of over-the-top magnificence, deviating from the traditional and conservative. Although several pieces paid homage to a more classic silhouette, we were transfixed by his masterful historic pieces: Bustles, over-size brimmed hats draped in delicate lace, embellishments galore, and bows placed perfectly. While many of the pieces in the collection would suit the more traditional bride looking for a unique and show-stopping gown, those craving something a little different and off the beaten path would be thrilled with the variety and extravagance of Gavarcia.
With Love Lingerie:
With Love Lingerie brought elegance and glamour to the runway in sheer undergarments, strappy under-pinnings, and waist-cinching corsets. These sensual and classy lingerie pieces are the perfect wardrobe for seduction in the boudoir, or for the gal who wants to feel glamorous with her sultry secret hidden by her outerwear. The show closed with burlesque queen Miss Laura Desiree in a trailing lace dressing robe, a fitting end to the collection.
Fiona Veronica F:
Fiona Veronica F’s monochrome collection of dove-grays and silver, was a feast of intricate lace detailing, mesh peek-a-boo panels, silky metallic “basics” that were anything but basic, and perfectly paired textures. We were also very taken with her collection of hand-bags in textured dove gray leather, Lucite, and soft fur. The collection was feminine with an edge, extravagant while retaining a classic allure.
Asphyxia’s collection transported us to a summer wedding, perhaps in the forest with fairy lights on the trees, in a meadow of blooming flowers, or an English garden. Alex De Francesco’s pieces were light and breezy, made from soft and heavenly draped satin, adorned with delicate lace, perfect for the summer bride.
Rosaleen Kavanagh’s bold collection boasted easy-to-wear garments for the professional woman. Dresses with tons of movement that could from the office to a cocktail party on a patio, volumous harem pants perfect for the weekend, silky blouses with shine, and leather patched saddlebag purses. We were especially drawn to the leather skirts in the collection.
Amplify Apparel brought the house down with a show that was both spectacular fashion show and humorous and well-executed theatrical performance. Allie Wood’s sculptural metal head-pieces have been making appearances at FAT all week, but tonight we saw the full range of artistic pieces circling the heads, waists, and shoulders of the models. The models each embodied a character that reflected their costume, which gave a delightful spin to the show. The collection was all glitz, glam, and fantasy…perfect pieces for the adventurous fashionista. The show closed with an impressive silk fan dance by Erica Furness.
House of Poplyn:
House of Poplyn was a colourful collection that brought out the inner party girl in all of us. We adored the long-sleeved romper bedecked in brilliant green pom-poms, the white sheath dress with an unexpected sculptural element flaring up to the side rimmed in pom-poms with crinoline peeking out, extravagant bedazzled collars, mirrored dresses, and a flower covered fish-tail hem party dress. Fashion Savage blogger Meghan Elizabeth took to the runway for the first time ever and rocked it in a maxi-length crinoline dress covered in small mirrors, a black short sleeve blouse with bedazzled shoulder epaulettes and chains galore. We are fans!
The last night of FA was bittersweet. Although we looked forward to getting some sleep, we miss everything about the week; the glamour, the fashion, the people. So we wait in great anticipation for next year, counting down to the next week of incredible Canadian designers.
[Images courtesy of Anna Crooke Photography]