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Highlights from Toronto Arts & Fashion Week, 2012

Posted by Bianca Venerayan / April 30, 2012

arts and fashion weekAs Arts & Fashion Week came to a close on Saturday with its all-day shopping experience of the show's best collections, there was a mix of feelings in the air, including accomplishment over FAT's 2012's success, as well as ambition (and anxiety) for the year to come. The 7th annual alternative arts and fashion week ran from April 24th to 28th, with the main events held at 213 Sterling Road, and an offsite exhibition and market at the Drake Lab. Although the event drew on current trends, FAT's focus is on the philosophy that fashion is deeply rooted in culture and identity, resulting in an event that was unique, expressive, and interactive.

This year, 200 local and international designers, artists, and performers built their work around the theme fashionSCAPES, which echoed the concept of landscape as vast, seasonal, and constantly changing. Each day zeroed in on one of four sub-themes: land, city, body, and future.

LANDscapes

2012 arts fashion week fatOpening the event with LANDscapes, artists and designers were to reflect on land based on its geography, texture, elements, boundaries, people, and places. Of course, the first performance entitled Cosmetic Green by Karey Shinn set the atmosphere for the rest of the show, featuring dancing models dressed in ridiculous fuzzy outfits as well as practical outdoorsy gear.

toronto arts week 2012The subsequent runway collections--including notable designers such as Toronto's own Mitra Ghavamian, Armour by Seema, and Chicedge Fashion Studio--involved neutral earth tones, an eclectic mix of textures, and pieces inspired by ethnic dress. Mackenzie Jones even finished it off with a rather large dead wolf scarf-of-sorts and a bridal-esque gown complete with giant antler shoulder pieces.

CITYscapes

toronto arts and fashion week 2012Day 2 of FAT was reminiscent of fast-paced city life, drawing on aspects such as architecture, technology, and consumerism. With that being said, runway garments were heavily structured, meticulously detailed, clean-cut, and for the most part dark and dreary.

arts fashion weekParade's metallic geometric details, Raji Aujla's alternative menswear suits, Woudenberg's urban lifestyle wear, and Inna's unorthodox materials were what set this day apart from the rest.

BODYscapes

fashion week alternative 2012BODYscapes, the third sub-theme of FAT, explored the human form in terms of identity, sexuality, and gender. In many of the runway shows--such as House of Etiquette, Cinched Tight Corsets, and Pope Joans--the female figure was accentuated with the use of corsetry, body-hugging silhouettes, and revealing cuts.

fashion fat week 2012In others, lines based on gender were blurred as androgynous garments flooded the runway in shows by Body Part Clothing Company, Sylvia Cohen, and Jade Kinrade.

FUTUREscapes

toronto fat weekThe final day of FAT's main events surrounded the theme FUTUREscapes--one that was vastly imaginative, embraced technology, and was so innovative it was at times difficult to comprehend. Each show was so distinctive it's almost impossible to generalize all of them with every designer seeming to have a different take on what the future holds for fashion.

toronto fat weekHaphazard presented creepy Carnival-like nightmare garments involving gas masks and 4-foot headpieces, Von Bardonitz made religion chic with the use of pope hats and crosses, and Gardé Del Avante mirrored Avatar (without the blue skin) through the use of tribal jewellery and swimwear.

FUTUREscapes was the perfect way to end Arts & Fashion Week; it was both a summary of where the world of art and fashion is today and a benchmark for where it's headed.

Photos courtesy of Vasko Photography

Discussion

13 Comments

martha / April 30, 2012 at 02:07 pm
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Had a good time. BUT, the music was wayyy too loud!!!

If any of the organizers are reading this: could you please turn down the music? My ears were ringing afterwards. At the very least, could you turn off the music between sets?
Stewart / April 30, 2012 at 02:16 pm
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Some of these men are scary looking.
I Got FAT / April 30, 2012 at 02:34 pm
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I went to FAT and had an amazing time and was pleased with the talent and imagination on display however these images and reviews are a poor representation of the talent that was on display.
KOL KID replying to a comment from I Got FAT / April 30, 2012 at 03:32 pm
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Check out www.KryingOutLoud.com for more photos! I can't wait until next year's event!
shill bill replying to a comment from KOL KID / April 30, 2012 at 05:29 pm
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KOL KID is shill
|FAT| Arts & Fashion Week replying to a comment from I Got FAT / April 30, 2012 at 07:23 pm
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|FAT| Arts & Fashion Week is definitely reading blogTO's coverage on |FAT| events! Thanks for your input Martha. We will definitely turn down the volume next time so you can have a more enjoyable experience. Thank you "I Got FAT" for your heartfelt comments - we are thrilled that you noticed the immense talent featured at the event this year and agree that it's important to support emerging Canadian and international talent. FYI, in case you missed it this year, |FAT| presented a total of 52 collections on the runway for 2012. THAT'S MORE THAN ANY OTHER FASHION WEEK IN CANADA! |FAT| Arts & Fashion Week showcased work by over 200 artists across 2 spectacular weeks of events (including the offsite exhibition space) |FAT| showcased videos, films, photography, installation exhibits, runway shows, performances, parties and more! |FAT| Arts & Fashion Week presented more than 20 different countries - more than any other fashion week in Canada! In case you didn't know, |FAT| aims to spread the word internationally about our homegrown talent and we're already getting excited about 2013!!
nathan / April 30, 2012 at 11:11 pm
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Don't forget about the marketplace on Saturday, I picked up some great pieces from Raji's collection, really amazing stuff.

Also, the Brasilazy lounge was a big hit at FAT, sooo comfortable and colourful. Thanks FAT!

check out some lounge photos here: www.facebook.com/brasilazycanada

and here:
http://brasilazyca.tumblr.com/
fatty / May 1, 2012 at 07:56 am
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BlogTO, for a media sponsor, you should be really embarrassed for doing such a bad job covering this. A short post of 'highlights' a few days after the event has ended does very little to get people out to the nights while they're still running.
On FAT's end, I agree about the DJ volume. People want to talk during the breaks.
KOL KID replying to a comment from nathan / May 2, 2012 at 10:04 am
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Great photos nathan.

.. What was everyone's favorite moments from the event??

I personally enjoyed the futuristic collection that had the MC and the models spun around on that contraption before they walked out.

Leigh / May 3, 2012 at 10:19 am
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Some insightful observations, but this was a poorly written article.
Mary / May 8, 2012 at 01:25 am
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Where are the "Street Style" photos from FAT (Fashion Art Toronto) 2012???
KOL KID replying to a comment from Mary / May 14, 2012 at 09:52 am
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I know you can find a ton of great photos from the event. The photo pit was insane! In the meanwhile check the links previously posted by myself and nathan to see some more. Don't forget you can check http://www.getfat.ca !!
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