FAT Day 2: Group of Seven @ Fashion Art Toronto
Femininity ruled the runway at FAT (Fashion Art Toronto) last night!
Despite the occasional release of snow flurries outside, inside Copious had us feeling like it was summer-time. Her fun 60s-inspired collection was free-spirited, colorful, effortless, and oh-so-wearable. Her designs could go from a picnic in the park to a cocktail party in the evening. Floral patterned skirts and shimmering white gowns took our breath away.
BVisag by Belinda Visag’s collection flowed, it was breezy, it was soft, it was at times sensual. Mauves seem to be a HUGE hit at FAT this year. Belinda paired hers with blues, greys, yellows and pinks to give a fresh look for Spring. We adored her watercolour print on the bottom of the opening dress. A-line skirts dominated the colletion, as well as BVisag’s clever sequin detailing in the back of her blouses. Such a lovely surprise detail. It wasn’t all gowns and skirts though. There was a lovely pair of high-waisted suspender pants that we have our eye on.
J Porte’s collection oozed femininity with a monochrome palette in periwinkles and dove greys. We fell in love with the over-size coat that opened the show. J Porte’s use of colorful fun fur was a playful and exuberant touch to the collection: It was used as a stole, on jackets, as skirts, and of course the show-stopping fur coat that would make us think that if we wore it we would feel like a VERY edgy and cool jet-setter from the 80s (back when they still let you have cutlery on the plane).
Who doesn’t love a good knit? SS&CO delivered expertly crafted creations that pushed the boundaries of what knit-wear is commonly used for. A high-waisted olive green suspender dress was adorned with knit flowers. A 50s-inspired tulle skirt was covered in colourful knitted flowers. A grey strapless top was knitted to look like dragon scales.
Ruzica’s collection was simple and elegant. A restrained colour palette of ivory, camel, blue and mauves created a simple backdrop for this stunning Spring collection: Effortless shift dresses, a playful glove print that was recurring in several of the garments, a beautifully tailored wrap jacket perfect for spring, and the tongue-in-cheek leather glove stole.
We were very excited to see Mitra Ghavamian’s collection focused on repurposed materials. The show opened to wild applause with the first model skating out on rollerblades. Beer bottle caps were used as embellishment to great effect on jackets, funnels were used to craft a Gaultier-inspired cone-bra, wire was repurposed and used to create beautiful full skirts. The genius of Mitra Ghavamian showed that reusing what is in our environment can be repurposed to create beauty and function.
Sensual undergarments are sultry, and no one knows this more than Starkers Corsetry who has been creating impossibly beautiful corsets and gowns for 23 years. This collection was very Edwardian in it’s influence, with models wearing corsets adorned in lace and beaded trim. Large wide-brimmed hats completed the look for that elevated sense of glamour that Dianne De Noble is so expert at delivering.
Lazar Couture is always a very exciting show to watch. The designs that Maria creates are glamorous, effortless and possess magnificent detail. There was a definite nod to the 60s and 70s with jewel-toned jumpsuits in silky, flowing materials, brocade everywhere and A-line skirts dominating the runway. We are in love with the handbag collection that she paired with the pieces; fur clutches and Mongolian wool bags. Lazar Couture’s show-stopping mermaid wedding dress was the perfect ending to the show.
Renascentia by Connor McCladen:
Connor McCalden is a well-known model in Toronto who has crossed-over into the design realm. His runway show was perhaps one of the most theatrical of the week so far, a strongly executed concept that the models played off very well. The collection reminded us very much of Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo & Juliet, with wings playing a prominent role in the styling and the main female model’s faux-suicide on the end of the runway.