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FAT (Fashion Art Toronto) Arts & Fashion Week 2015- Day 2

The second day of shows at FAT (Fashion Art Toronto) 2015 at Daniels Spectrum in Toronto revealed another evening of alternative styles, non-traditional models and emerging Canadian designers on the runway. Keeping with its edgy, eclectic theme, we saw everything from sweet, inviting florals at Copious to contrasting black and red feathers at Renascentia by Connor McCalden. Here’s our runway report on Day 2 of the event, which continues to mark its ten year anniversary with attitude and funky designs.


1) Copious: Toronto-based designer Carissa McCraig focused on the theme of Cake & Ashes for her FAT 2015 collection. The latest line, inspired by filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock’s classic movies, combined elegance with a casual alter ego. On the runway, this translated into flowery frocks in watercolour shades, flowing white hemlines, pops of lime green and retro inspired hair worn in large curlers.


2) Bvisag: Designer Belinda Visag may be based in Mexico City, but she has been part of FAT for seven years. At her label Bvisag, hint of deep turquoise made a splash on long, flowing gowns with sheer illusion necklines. Ethereal white blouses and tailored grey trousers also contrasted with the bold colour on the catwalk.


3) J PORTÉ: Created by Toronto designer Christine Youn, the label’s name means “to wear” in French. As part of its runway collection, the designer showcased sweet pastel shades of blue, sultry lace panels and frocks with flared silhouettes.


4) SS&CO. The Toronto knitwear line, whose full title is in fact “Simple Smiles & Company”, was founded by Katherine Phan. Keeping with the label’s tradition, SS&CO focused on comfort with barefoot models and oversized knits. A long, bold blue statement sweater was accessorized with a contrasting knit flower, while cropped grey vests revealed a peek of décolletage.


5) Ruzica: Founded by LaSalle College fashion graduate Mariana Mustapic, the emerging Montreal-based line showed a new Minimalist Kitsch on the runway. A pale purple frock with slight ruching made a splash, as did loose cropped trousers, a slouchy belted kimono style jacket and shades of tan and beige.


6) Mitra Ghavamian: Born in Iran and now based in Toronto, Ghavamian started her career as a costume designer. While that may bring the extravagance of the theatre to mind, her FAT 2015 Purpose-Repurpose collection made use of recycled and waste material. While the designer sent cropped black jackets accessorized with white frill down the runway, she quickly turned to edgier looks. Black minidresses detailed with pine cones, bottle caps and recyclable bottles certainly shook up the idea of “street” style.


7) Starkers Corsetry: Naturally, Starkers Corsetry showcased its signature seductive looks on the runway. The label was started by designer Dianna DiNoble 22 years ago in Toronto. The latest collection paid tribute to Edwardian style, with dark, vampy shades of oxblood paired with black lace. Sheer accents brought new life to the idea of classic corset dressing, while pure all-white looks brought a contrast to the catwalk.


8) Lazar Couture: The emerging line was founded in 2013 by Macedonian-born and Toronto-based designer Maria Lazarova Manceva. At Lazar Couture, the Passion & Romance collection was a mix of fabrics like silk charmeuse, silk organza and silk jacquard. The luxurious looks ranged from a bold yellow jumpsuit to a gold dress with sharp, architectural shoulders.


9) Renascentia by Connor McCalden: Born in London, Ontario and now based in Toronto, designer Connor McCalden turned to the ancient story of Pandora to inspire his Pandora: Despirato collection. From a long white dress with a plunging halter neckline to male models in black lace shorts, the runway looks played with the idea of traditional fashion.

Photos: Jonathan Hooper 

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