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Lady Gaga approved designer in Toronto for FAT

Posted by Bianca Venerayan / April 21, 2014

fat toronto 2014Benji Wong, otherwise known as Benji WZW, is one of the many unconventional fashion designers flocking to Toronto to present a collection at |FAT| (Fashion Art Toronto) this week (April 22-26).

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.

benji wzw toronto "Fall in Love With Machinery" is Benji's first endeavour out of school, and according to him, there's no better place to make his Fall/Winter 2014 debut than his hometown on the |FAT| runway this Thursday. After getting a chance to preview the menswear pieces in the flesh, I know he'll fit right in.

Taking inspiration from Japanese biker gang bosozoku, the collection narrates a story of hurt and heartbreak. Innovative fabric treatments and meticulously handcrafted details illustrate the push and pull of a poised, polished surface - broken and jagged on the inside. Digital-printed faux leather and couch foam bonded to silk satin give the biker jackets, trench coats, and kilts a structured silhouette; 3D printed embellishments, handpainted belts and holographic imagery suggest there's more to them than meets the eye. My favourite facet is definitely the creepy-cool baby motif found throughout the collection - most notably in the form of a giant helmet.

benji wzw torontoAlways teetering on the fine line between wearable garment and postmodern sculpture, Benji WZW - together with |FAT| - is going to shake up the otherwise conservative Canadian fashion industry one avant-garde menswear piece at a time.

Tickets are available online or at the door, at $35 per day or $100 for a full week pass.

Photos via |FAT|

Discussion

17 Comments

Postmodern-Conditioner / April 21, 2014 at 01:27 am
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Blogto, thank you for reminding me how derivative Toronto fashion at FAT really is. I just love how you qualify Benji Wong unconventionality as geographically localized and specific to Toronto. For a moment I almost fell into the illusion that FAT was something that it wasn't, totally not terrible. God, copy has power over you at this hour.

And as for the endorsement by lady gaga. Maybe her little monsters can fund Wong's career, which is a great market segment because they clearly don't care for derivative and terrible work and, you know, they bought whole-sale the dream of 'art pop'. this fashion is art, right? OH YA!
Elle replying to a comment from Postmodern-Conditioner / April 21, 2014 at 02:33 am
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Postmodern-Conditioner, I think I love you.
EveningStar / April 21, 2014 at 06:25 am
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I'm not sure what to say, I'm not really myself yet.. The helicopters above are very annoying . I'm kinda freaked out
EveningStar / April 21, 2014 at 06:49 am
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Wanna chill?
EveningStar / April 21, 2014 at 07:25 am
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I could use advice on the ins and outings of the media..
J / April 21, 2014 at 11:29 am
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I'd like some Chili in a bread bowl.
EveningStar / April 22, 2014 at 09:39 am
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Did you find your chilli bread bowl?
EveningStar / April 23, 2014 at 06:15 pm
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I have been considering new ideas for hats. Do you think tin-foil hats would be a hot item.. Concept being STAR FAMILY finds art deco? tin el a tete? 70's also makes me randy.
Colbert / April 24, 2014 at 06:33 am
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Very orginal style, can't imagine how you come up with this. But I didn't expect any less from Lady Gaga
SD / April 25, 2014 at 01:50 am
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I very much doubt her G.I.R.L. would wear something like that.
EveingSTAR / April 25, 2014 at 03:04 pm
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I am a romantic and finish everything that I start..
CL / April 25, 2014 at 09:17 pm
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You have to admit though, it looks great on her.
EveningStar / April 27, 2014 at 03:01 pm
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My Dearest Jo,

This is from Seals "all the love" he has a way of expressing how I feel towards you.

I remember the dream the other night where you held me tight. If that is all it will ever be then I shall cherish it forever. Please forgive me, for I did try and try again. You are so amazing)


Why must I explain the way I feel
From my head to my feet
And why do you pay truth to what they're telling you
It's me you should believe

I can't tell you I feel sure
But I know the way that I feel now

All that I am asking for is
Just the chance to love you more
I wanna come home to you
I would do it all if

You would put your faith, you'll see
We're half the lives that we could be
I'll build this castle for you
I would do it all for love

How can I exchange the words I said
When I hear they're my dream?
So do what you must do to throw them back at me
And you are where I can't see

When you're with me, feel secure
Don't you know the way that I feel now?

All that I am asking for is
Just the chance to love you more
I wanna come home to you
I would do it all if

You would put your faith, you'll see
We're half the lives that we could be
I'll build this castle for you
I would do it all if

Ooh, you would believe it
You know you better believe it now
Ooh, you better believe it
You know that you better believe it now

All that I am asking for is
Just the chance to hold you more
I wanna come home to you
I would do it all if

You would put your faith, you'll see
We're half the lives that we could be
I'll build this castle for you
I would do it all for love

Love James
Jo / April 27, 2014 at 07:52 pm
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I can wait.
Jo / April 28, 2014 at 02:25 am
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I will wait.
EveningStar / April 30, 2014 at 11:22 pm
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I'll be here
jJo / May 8, 2014 at 08:15 pm
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Where you at?

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