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FAT (Fashion Art Toronto) Arts & Fashion Week 2015- Day 5

As the fifth day of FAT (Fashion Art Toronto) 2015 at Daniels Spectrum came to a close on Saturday, April 25, the runways filled with one last evening of alluring designs from emerging Canadian designers. From playful, perky looks inspired by white rabbits at Little M Inventions to the grand finale at House of Poplyn, here’s Real Style’s report on the final day of the shows.


1) Little M Inventions: Launched by Toronto fibre artist Marjorie Campbell, Little M Inventions featured its Prey collection at FAT 2015. The designer featured cropped white jackets with sweet oversized bunny ears and hooded capes, made of sheep’s wool. From eerie dark masks with sharp pointed ears to fully covered white headpieces, animal-themed designs brought a hint of wildlife onto the urban runway.


2) Vanika: The Toronto label was founded by both 17-year-old model and young designer Vanessa Kiraly and Ildiko Csorgo, a Hungarian-born tailor. Vanika unveiled their PILOT collection, which turned to the muted Canadian winter skies and the technology of aircraft for inspiration. On the runway, pale blue grey coats were detailed with faux fur and bold black stripes. Loose grey knits, futuristic aviator sunglasses, textured fringe skirts and metallic touches also made a crash landing on the catwalk.


3) Gavarcia: Toronto-based haute couture designer Garvin Garcia and creative director Michelle Aristocrat showcased the line’s Une, by Gavarcia Haute Couture collection. The show opened with a sleek ivory gown and a vintage style fox fur stole, for a dramatic debut look. Hints of deep violet lace, frocks with statement ruffles and flowing, tiered hems in luxurious marsala and creamy white tones also dominated the runway.


4) With Love Lingerie: Created by Toronto lingerie designer Carrie Russell, With Love Lingerie featured a Cavalier collection that paid tribute to equestrian inspired style. On the catwalk, an off white and black colour palette kept the looks clean and neutral. Models strutted in sheer black blouses, corsets and thigh-high lace stockings, holding black riding helmets and wearing statement necklaces.


5) Fiona Veronica F: The Chinese-born and Toronto-based designer studied fashion at Seneca College, and originally launched her career as a model. Fiona Veronica F’s latest Glitter in the Air collection was metallic, girlish and full of sweet pastel blues. From white lace detail on short frocks to models wearing silver eyeliner and flat sandals, sparkling ladylike style was in the air.


6) Asphyxia: Launched by OCAD University graduate, textile artist and designer Alexandra De Francesco, Toronto-based Asphyxia unveiled its sultry Gossamer bridal collection. The non-traditional bridal looks included structured, edgy hems, vintage lace, sheer panels and golden metallic detail on flowing, simple white frocks. Alternative models, of all ages and adorned with tattoos and fierce eye makeup, marched down the aisle (or rather, the runway).


7) Rosaleen Kavanagh: Toronto creative director Rosaleen Kavanagh featured The Australian Collection as the latest line from her eponymous label. Inspired by the sand and sea of Down Under, flowing colourblocked dresses and loose harem pants made a splash. Bright shades of blue paired with warm browns brought the sunny Australian beaches to life.


8) Amplify Apparel: For the Toronto label’s Spring/Summer 2015 collection, designer Allie Wood was inspired by the colourful Canadian skies. On the catwalk, this naturally turned into neon cosmic shades of blue and purple. Striking tutus and avant garde metallic hair accessories brought the dreamy, otherworldly line to life.


9) House of Poplyn: As FAT 2015’s closing show, Toronto designer Tanushree Pande showcased her Royal Punk collection of designs inspired by biology. House of Poplyn mixed the worlds of fashion and science with vibrant pom-poms meant to represent microorganisms. A dress made of 5,000 tiny pom-poms was a statement look, while abstract amoeba-like prints and shades of green and dark blue also made their mark.

Photos: Jonathan Hooper

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