FAT Day 3: Northern Lights
The third night of FAT was dark and moody, avant garde and right up our alley!
After a brief hiatus, Wendy Ng is back! The latest collection from Dystropolis was inspired by the legend of Atlantis and deep sea creatures that dwell in the deepest, darkest depths. The show opened with a beautiful fashion film that set the tone for the runway portion of the evening. The color palette was dark and moody, ridged fabrics and leathers reminded us of scales but armoured, fabric printing took simple tunics to the next level. As an enthusiast of wearable tech, Wendy Ng also featured wearable technology in her garments with a jaw dropping light up skirt and blue lighting inside her signature clear PVC structured hood. We adored the cape coat in a soft grey and, well, everything else for that matter. It was a strong and cohesive collection from start to finish.
House of Etiquette:
House of Etiquette always brings a strong collection to FAT…and some awesome tunes. This year was no exception. The runway was awash in shining latex, vibrant, sexy, and cutting-edge.
We didn’t know much about Vandal before tonight, but now we are official addicts who want everything from the show desperately. This extremely detailed line made us feel nostalgic for the classic 80s film Tron, perhaps because of the heavy use of geometric patterns in fantastic late 80s hues. The pattern on the leggings hit everywhere it should to make legs look longer, leaner, better. The jackets boasted exceptional detailing and structure. We can’t even pick a favourite piece because we love them all!
Maya Charbin spoke of gossamer fabrics all in hues of white, slight details of fine red striping to set off the monochromatic look for an extra bit of graphic punch. Simple but elegant, breezy, easy. The show also demonstrated how each of the garments has alternate ways of being worn, with the designer and her assistants changing the model’s looks at the end of the show. Who doesn’t love a versatile garment?
Sandra is another line that we hadn’t heard much about, but she is one of our favourite designers now! Her structured pieces were flawlessly crafted, her graphic abstract patterns highlighted the lines of the garments and were breathtakingly beautiful, her jackets boasted armour-like ridges on the sleeves, and laser-cutting was used to great affect. We cannot do justice to this collection with words. It was truly spectacular.
Brandon Keir’s collection makes us want to go out to a party where everyone looks fabulous. The pieces were playful and cool, the mood of the show was upbeat and sexy, and the tunes were loud and fun. We adored the bright jewel-toned palette, the flowing gowns, the color-blocked dresses. This is the perfect line for the girl who wants to wear something fabulous for a VIP night on the town. Or be adventurous and try to bring a little wild glamour to your work ensembles with the color-blocked tops and skirts.
Du-Laree by Andy Jones:
Du-Laree by Andy Jones collection this year was as could be expected: Feminine with an edge, fun, and sexy. We were enjoying his pink and blue patterned lame fabrics that were used throughout the collection. There were lots of flowing chiffon details, perfect for walking in a summer breeze, long gowns and a fantastic body-suit/skirt combo!
M-Line IS summer. Each piece in the collection flowed behind the models, rippling like flowing water behind them as they walked, swirling around their ankles as they came to a stop at the end of the runway. Watercolor pastels against the white made us think of sunshine, the ocean, the beach. THIS is what you wear on vacation to somewhere heavenly and tropical when you want to be comfortable but glamorous.
[Photos Courtesy of Anna Crooke Photography]