|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.
A fellow shopper likened the evening to a sort of fashion Halloween - you traipse from door to door (hopefully wearing the outlandish clothes you only yank out of your closet once a year), picking up killer vintage scores and couple of free beers instead of those SweetTarts and Fizz candies nobody ever wants to eat. (I say it's even closer to fashion's Nuit Blanche, only the streets aren't totally clogged, and everybody's in bed by 1am. Magic.)
I stuck to Dundas West, Ossington and Parkdale this time (five hours goes surprisingly quickly when you're up to your elbows in awesome clothes), trawling through a dozen stores for the craziest statement pieces and best time-honoured basics the past has to offer. The nature of vintage, of course, means I can't guarantee any of these are still in stock. In fact, I might have bought a couple of them already (sorry) (no I'm not).
Here are 40 of my favourite finds from the spring 2014 Vintage Crawl Toronto.
Lead photo: Leopard pony hair pumps, Chosen Vintage, $62.
'60s Pucci dress, VSP Consignment, $398
'90s Calvin Klein boots, Chosen Vintage, $82
Beaded minidress, Bright Brown pop-up at the Henhouse, $35
Eye bracelet and rings, Chief Salvage Co., $18/$12
'40s sequined bolero (made in France), Emporium by I Miss You, $40
Evan Picone slingbacks, Penny Arcade Vintage, $32
'70s Lanvin dress, Life of Manek, $199
Pink leather skirt, Silver Falls Vintage, $45
Cutout boots, 69 Vintage, $90
Heart-patch acid-wash-and-lace jeans, Chosen Vintage, $52
Wool military cropped jacket, 69 Vintage, $65
Tooled leather bag, Emporium by I Miss You, $39
Boots, House of Vintage, $80
Floral bomber jacket, Soop Soop, $45
Lace-up leather boots, Penny Arcade Vintage, $125
'50s day dress, House of Vintage, $145
Crochet crop top, Silver Falls Vintage, $32
Red leather shorts, House of Vintage, $65
Cutout boots, Penny Arcade Vintage, $40
'70s Saint Laurent jumpsuit, VSP Consignment, $398
'90s heels, Silver Falls Vintage, $52
'80s Levi's acid-wash jacket, Life of Manek, $29
'90s beaded linen minidress, Penny Arcade Vintage, $80
Toronto-made leather jacket, Penny Arcade Vintage, $90
Brocade boots, Emporium by I Miss You, $65
'60s beaded cocktail dress, Life of Manek. $179
Thigh-high boots, 69 Vintage, $120
Striped cropped tank, House of Vintage, $30
Blue canvas trench, Life of Manek, $79
Brocade skirt, Bridge and Bardot, $45
Suede rhinestone-studded heels, Chosen Vintage, $65
Zebra-patterned sequin top, 69 Vintage, $60
Sequined dress, Bridge and Bardot, $100
Handmade beaded dress, 69 Vintage, $170
Moto-zip denim dress, Public Butter, $20
Fringed jacket, 69 Vintage, $375
'60s change purses, Life of Manek, $20
Flower brooch, Public Butter, $20
Silver Ziggy Stardust boots, House of Vintage, "display only" (sigh)
Coin purse photo courtesy Life of Manek.
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.