Decadent Designs was part of FAT’s opening night
FAT has never looked more fabulous.
Toronto Alternative Arts & Fashion Week kicked off last night at the Distillery District and proved once and for all that organizer Vanja Vasic and company aren’t just a bunch of fashion kids playing catwalk. The event still holds strong to its grassroots spirit but upped production values, an excellent marketing campaign and an edited, three day calendar of creative-to-kooky Toronto labels earn FAT its permanent spot on our style industry’s calendar.
A glossy red runway stretched down the centre of the Fermenting Cellar endured the alternative model stomps of three group runway shows including collections by Brook Alviano, Starkers! Corsetry and Jennifer Allison. Sarah Doucet and Zoja Smuty choreographed a team of modern dancers channeling strung out marionettes who introduced each block by conceptually tumbling through a game of musical chairs or munching on bouquets of carnations.
The night’s two strongest collections were in the 8:30 slot. The Diepo line’s literal take on lingerie dressing (if pajama shapes and silky fabrics work well together, why eliminate one just for the sake of juxtaposition?) included blousy camisoles with asymmetrical necklines, a wide lapel blazer over spice coloured shorts and a sheer floor length gown. Martha Sharpe’s looks were more opaque but equally smart. Laura Ashley florals and calico prints were seamed and piped into shapely dresses.
Breeyn McMarney put her models in animal masks and had them walk like kitties, rabbits and wolves in quilt dresses and empire waist pieces with curlicues of ruffles around their hems. Trinity Bellwoods shop Magpie showed signature, torn, grommeted and laced pieces along with a series of colourful, marbleized gowns. Wesley Badanjak’s LOVAS line mixed men’s and womenswear including a standout houndstooth pea coat for the boys.
The night’s most cleverly alt moment went to designer Amie Scott whose eccentric looks had the audience playing guess-that-gown with her outfits. A green velvet tube dress with circles of yellow fabric at its waist was an easy-to-decipher daisy, a brown piece with tomato red and mustard yellow swatches spilling over its hem turned out to be a burger and a big pink nipple embellished the train of her breast augmentation frock.