|FAT| Arts & Fashion Week's ninth annual edition launched last night with a slew of eccentric runway shows, live performances, fashion films, photography exhibits, and art installations. If you missed opening night, you still have until Saturday (April 26) to catch the multi-faceted festival; tickets are available online or at the door, and they cost $35 per day or $100 for a full week pass.
The Hong Kong native was raised in Toronto and studied architecture at University of Waterloo, before up and leaving for a fashion program at Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp. His 2013 graduate collection "That Paradise Would Be A Meme" pulled together everything he learned from both experiences, resulting in a surreal work of art that attracted the attention of a whole whack of contemporary publications. Lady Gaga even wore a jacket from the collection in an eTalk interview.
Fashion Art Toronto ("|FAT|") Arts & Fashion Week returns next week (April 22 26) for its ninth annual edition, celebrating the conceptual - and sometimes downright confusing - side of fashion with runway shows, live performances, short films, photography exhibits and art installations. This time around, the event will be held at Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas St. East), a site that's a little more central than the previous event venue, an industrial warehouse.
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Toronto Fashion Incubator recently revealed the final four emerging Canadian designers set to compete in this year's New Labels competition, taking place on May 5. AliceAzur by Miriam Baker, Christopher Paunil, Laura Siegel, and NOMAD of the SUN by Ashley Boutcher - all hailing from Toronto - will present twelve looks to a panel of esteemed judges. The winner will walk away with $25,000, an exclusive editorial in FLARE Magazine, production of a lookbook, and the bragging rights that come from being crowned Most Promising New Label. Past winners include Sarah Stevenson, who recently landed a collaboration with Target, and Sid Neigum, who now sells in some of the most fashion-centric cities in the world.
Last week, online shopping destination LAB Consignment launched its lineup of spring merchandise, highlighting an impressive collection of '90s vintage Versace garments. The timeless and iconic pieces - including a safety pin dress and cropped leather jacket - are now available online and in studio by appointment only.
Aveda is celebrating Earth Month throughout April with a whole slew of green initiatives slated to raise $6 million for clean water-related causes. Included is the return of immensely successful events Cut-A-Thon and Beyond (April 7) and Walk for Water (April 22), which garnered over 400 participants last year. Salons, spas, and retail stores will also be peddling limited edition Earth Month Light the Way candles and donating 100% of the proceeds to Global Greengrants Fund.