FAT – Tuesday Edition of Fashion Art Toronto
Last night was a fantastic evening of glamour and fashion, attended by some of the most stylish fashionistas in Toronto. It was the opening night of Fashion Art Toronto, a decade long fashion event that has been pivotal in bringing Canadian and local fashion into the spot-light.
As the lights dimmed, our hearts fluttered and the excitement in the runway room was palpable. Seven talented designers would shortly be sending their creations down the runway and we all could barely wait to see them.
Vanja Vasic, the founder and organizer of FAT, opened the evening with a wonderful speech on the importance of supporting our local talent. Acknowledging the difficulties of having a successful brand in the fashion industry, she emphasized the importance of stores, magazines and customers in helping our Canadian fashion industry flourish by profiling and supporting Canadian designers. We at Raw Finery Studio couldn’t agree. This first night of Fashion Art Toronto is a testament to the creativity, skill, and vision of our Canadian designers.
Sainte Genovefa is a Toronto avant-garde jewelry line designed by Jennifer Menecola. Jigsaw puzzle pieces were intricately connected together to create out-of-this-world garments. We cannot imagine the patience and precision that this designer must have had to craft the collection with each puzzle piece connected pristinely and draped from the body perfectly.
Sera Ghadaki’s collection was MADE for Canada. We can just imagine snuggling into her designs during the cold winters, pulling up her elaborate cowl necks to hide our faces from the harsh winds. She used a beautiful mix of textiles: textured knits, silky and draping fabrics that moved like water with the models, and more structured fabrics to ground the collection. We were also a huge fan of her smokey prints that adorned several of the tops in the collection.
Montreal designer Bianca Charneau’s collection was a feast for the eyes. The tennis-wear-inspired collection has made us all-white converts. We are already stocking up on Tide To Go sticks. The pieces were minimal in their details but the impact was huge. The simplicity of the collection allowed the tailoring and subtle design details to jump out. Straight-cut jackets perfect for spring, T-shirt dresses, and perfect-length shorts hitting above the knee had us thinking that the entire collection needs to be in our closet. Her clear handbags were also displayed on the runway filled with colorful tennis balls that gave a nice pop of colour to the show.
Masha Apparel is a Canadian luxury eveningwear label known for their feminine designs with a bit of an edge. This collection saw a bit of a 70s influence with flared bell-bottoms and a nod to 70s long dress styles. The mostly black collection was offset by silver and a palette of purple and pinks which suited our Spring state of mind. The long dresses flowed beautifully as the models took the runway. The standouts for us were the purple sophisticated tie-dye backless crop top and maxi skirt and the abstract painted black jacket.
Montreal designer Elisa C-Rossow blew us away with her monochrome collection. Skinny pants, tailored jackets with draping in the front, long flowing gowns…these are the staples that every woman needs in her wardrobe. The collection was cohesive, beautiful and impeccably created. We look forward to seeing more from this talented designer!
Montreal designers were really rocking the runway, including Andrea Montle. Her deconstructed pieces in black and red brought to mind super-heroes after a night’s work or circus performers. The fierce collection prominently featured mini-skirts, crop tops and body suits that flattered the female form. Our stand-out piece was an oversized hooded Anorak in brilliant blood red.
Bulgun Puteeva’s motto is simple: “Anything but boring.” We couldn’t agree more. The clean lines and monochromatic colour palette may allude to a level of simplicity, but the bold use and combination of textiles takes these pieces to the next level of chic sophistication that is both wearable and versatile. We enjoyed the moth-inspired collection which made us think of a child-hood favourite book “The Girl of the Limberlost.” We would love to curl up in one of her long knitted sweaters, or dash around town in her beautifully tailored suspender trousers.
[Images courtesy of Anna Crooke Photography]