Designer Deadly Nightshades
TORONTO ALTERNATIVE ARTS & FASHION WEEK Tuesday to Friday (April 21 to 24) at the Fermenting Cellar in the Distillery District, 55 Mill, building 6.$20/day pass or $55/week pass; at The Rage (2 Kensington, 416-599-5177), Magpie (884 Queen West, 416-536-6158), Jazma Hair Inc. (8 St. Joseph, 416-928-1888), MOOG Audio (442 Queen West, 416-599-6664) or Flaunt Boutique (260 Carlaw, suite 101B, 416-469-4826). $25 at the door. Alternativefashionweek.com.
Toronto Alternative Arts & Fashion Week is your best bet for connecting with up-and-coming designers who fuse art & fashion on the rowdiest runway around.
Our FAT calendar previews the must-see shows with insider hints from style's next wave.
Designer Deadly Nightshades (deadlynightshades.ca)
THE COLLECTION: NOW's eco fashion faves peddle locally produced, organic streetwear that's progressive and punk.
SHOWTIME: 8:45 pm. The eight-member crew model their own collection, wearing custom recycled skateboard jewellery by 2ReVert (2revert.com).
WHERE TO GET IT: Watch the Deadly Nightshades website for info on a post-FAT trunk show.
Designer Elizaveta Yankelovich, aka Kameleon (elizavetaakakameleon.com)
Designer Elizaveta Yankelovich, aka Kameleon
THE COLLECTION: Yankelovich translates her extreme jewellery made from found hair rollers, doll heads and other trinkets into equally playful clothing and accessories.
SHOWTIME: 10:30 pm. "My show is going to make you feel like a teenager running through a field of dandelions with the sunset glowing pink behind you."
WHERE TO GET IT: Visit Kameleon's Etsy shop (elizaveta.etsy.com).
Designer Too Hot Too Wet Too Dangerous by Karey Shinn (kareyshinn.com)
Designer Too Hot Too Wet Too Dangerous by Karey Shinn
THE COLLECTION: Climate change crusader Shinn's collection includes a bulletproof bikini, flood-friendly raincoats and sheer hazmat coveralls.
SHOWTIME: 10:30 pm. Dressed up hip-hop, break and modern dancers move to beat boxer Joe Law.
WHERE TO GET IT: Email Karey@shinntype.com.
TorontoStreetFashion.com fashionisto-about-town Daniel Wilson spinning between shows, and pix by photographically gifted celebrity offspring Caitlin Cronenberg.