FAT (Fashion Art Toronto) Arts & Fashion Week 2015- Day 1
With the first day of Fashion Art Toronto- Arts & Fashion Week wrapped at Daniels Spectrum in Toronto, the annual alternative Canadian fashion week has officially started its 2015 season and marked its ten year anniversary. From intriguing, barely there designs inspired by puzzle pieces at Sainte Genovefa to bold red pieces at Andrea Montle, here’s our runway report on the latest Canadian-made styles at the shows.
1) Sainte Genovefa: Launched by Ryerson University School of Fashion graduate Jennifer Menecola, the Toronto-based label made a splash at FAT with an edgy, artsy collection titled “Connect.” Sainte Genovefa’s latest line was inspired the challenge of a woman’s journey to fit in and belong in society. On the runway, the unconventional designer featured sultry, revealing designs which used the themes of lines, chain and religion. The collection featured bikini tops crafted out of metallic puzzle pieces, matching crowns and miniskirts and hanging chain detail. As a finishing touch, a flowing white veil accented a white bridal gown made of puzzle pieces.
2) Seraghadaki: With a focus on unisex fashion, Toronto-based designer Sera Ghadaki showcased neutral, simplistic looks in shades of grey and beige. From cropped pants to loose graphic shirts, comfort was definitely in style on the catwalk. A flowing cardigan made a splash in a light shade of pink, while black ankle boots brought an edge to the looks.
3) Bianca Charneau: The emerging Saint-Hubert, Quebec designer sent a collection of pristine tennis whites down the runway for FAT 2015, based on the aesthetic of Kazimir Malevich’s 1917 painting The White Square. Keeping up with the sporty theme, models marched down the catwalk carrying tennis balls and rackets. From collarless jackets to short white shift dresses and matching caps, Charneau’s latest looks were crisp, clean and snowy white.
4) Masha Apparel: The Toronto-based label was launched in 2012 by Parsons School of Design graduate Masha Ruginets. For her 2015 collection, the designer unveiled funky black designs with crafty cut-outs, high-collared bodysuits and flowing sleeveless dresses. Models marched down the runway with faces painted in bold black and red shades, with their hair styled into playful mini buns.
5) Elisa C-Rossow: Montreal-based designer Elisa Crossow continued the tradition of basic black on the runway, but added a unique twist with flowing fabrics and streamlined shapes. From open-front oversized blazers to fitted frocks and structured jacket, the chic collection was refreshingly wearable and versatile.
6) Andrea Montle: The emerging Montreal designer featured her Web of Disguise Collection, which was inspired by vampy, femme fatale looks. Naturally, this led to a winning mix of rich red and classic black on the runway. From ruched red skirts and architectural crop tops to plunging halter tops and ruby red skirts, seductive style made its mark on the runway.
7) Bulgun Puteeva: Born in Russia and now based in Toronto, Pateeva is a recent graduate from Seneca College’s Fashion Arts College. The rising designer turned to Ottawa photographer Jim Des Rivieres’ images of moths to inspire this grey, natural-looking collection which closed the evening’s shows. On the runway, soft shades of mauve made an appearance on sheer blouse, slouchy boots and a fuzzy skirt. Meanwhile, heather grey brought a neutral touch to fedoras, a floor-length cardigan, a mix of knits and a sophisticated shift dress.
Photos: Jonathan Hooper
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