FAT (Fashion Art Toronto) Arts & Fashion Week 2015- Day 4
Living up to its avant garde reputation, the fourth day of FAT (Fashion Art Toronto) 2015 at Daniels Spectrum in Toronto revealed another round of eye-catching designs that experimented with silhouettes and played with gender norms. From polished plaids at Tetiana K Clothing to androgynous menswear at L’Uomo Strano, here’s Real Style’s runway report on the latest shows.
1) Tetiana K Clothing: Toronto-based designer Tetiana Kachurak unveiled a Highland Dames collection, which paid tribute to Scottish Canadians with tartan prints, wool and heavy knits inspired by Scotland. A flared frock in a bold red shade opened the show, while plaid made a splash on knee-length skirts and a fitted high-waisted dress. Loose white blouses, ropes of pearls and floppy fedoras added a girlish contrast to the collection.
2) Kaela Kay: Launched by emerging Toronto designer Catherine Addai in 2012, Kaela Kay featured a Spring/Summer 2015 collection titled “Glamorously Chic- Bold and Striped”. Designs inspired by traditional African prints made their way onto the runway. A skirt with an abstract pattern in bold red, yellow and blue shades was paired with a floral top and fierce yellow headwrap. Meanwhile, warm splashes of orange, blue and green brought a vivid touch to the catwalk.
Photo: Real Style
3) Clan Gordon by David C Wigley: Toronto designer David C Wigley, who launched his menswear label Worth in 2009, showcased his second Clan Gordon women’s wear collection. His Cautionary Tales line was inspired by folk tales, paying tribute to eerie creatures like the Scottish water spirit Kelpie. On the runway, this translated into green fringe on a long dress, edgy blue floral prints, skirts in dark neutral tones and models with stringy purple hair extensions.
4) Parloque: While Parloque may be a retail store on Queen Street West in Toronto, the edgy boutique brought its signature designs to the catwalk for FAT 2015. Sweatshirts were decorated with bold graphics and sassy slogans like “Dat Life.” Models marched down the runway with funky black and white makeup and metallic headgear, wearing loose, dark layers and tops with shiny silver detail.
5) L’Uomo Strano: The Toronto menswear label, founded by designer and sixth grade teacher Mic. Carter, turned to history for its “question ordinaire/extraordinaire” line inspired by Canada’s indigenous and black cultures. On the runway, L’Uomo Strano revealed androgynous looks, with flowing grey layers, thick luxurious knits in orange and black, and long floaty white tunics.
6) Venita Salian: The emerging Toronto designer, who studied Fashion Arts at Seneca College, turned to the famous 1930s aviator Amelia Earhart and female Air Force Service Pilots of the time for her Volitation collection. Bold structured shoulders, deep navy blues, grey patch pockets and bold metallic buttons were all statement looks.
7) vKEITA: Victor Keita-Khemolai, a Sierra Leone-born and Toronto-based designer and model, sent bold African inspired prints down the runway. The 24-year-old emerging designer focused on loose silhouettes, fierce collar necklaces and a colour palette of deep red, yellow and blue. Architectural statement hats and crop tops also made a splash.
8) TFL Couture: The exotic African theme also reigned supreme at TFL Couture, where designer Tristan F. Licud displayed his Afro-Street Style collection. The Spring/Summer 2015 looks included colourful blouses and skirts detailed with patterns. From swirls of orange and purple on a collared shirt with side cut-outs to a sweet blue and white colour palette on a crop top, vivid hues took over the runway.
Photos 1-2 and 4-8: Jonathan Hooper
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