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The top 10 looks from [FAT] Arts & Fashion Week 2014

Posted by Bianca Venerayan / April 28, 2014

fashion art torontoFor the past nine years, Fashion Art Toronto (|FAT|) Arts & Fashion Week has been a breeding ground for small-time designers with big-time creativity. The multi-arts festival is the biggest of its kind in Canada, attracting over 5,000 attendees annually, so it's no surprise 200 national and international creatives flocked to Toronto to showcase their work.

This year's round stretched from April 22 to 26, hosting 45 runway shows that explored the theme "INFASHION/UNFASHION" - an exploration of opposite concepts working harmoniously. Whether they decided to focus on earth/industry, grit/glamour, masculine/feminine, cult/culture or minimal/extreme, the designers presented hundreds of fashions that were either wearable, fantastical or somewhere in between.

Here are my picks for the top 10 looks from |FAT| Arts & Fashion Week, based on creativity and construction.

Hasti Homayoun (top photo) used natural cotton fabric as a canvas for hand painted Persian motifs, with clear industrial material as an overlay. The result is an undeniably unique raincoat, best worn with its matching statement necklace and clutch.

fashion art torontoThough a deep V-neck dress isn't exactly new and exciting, this grey-purple number from Masha Apparel is perfectly tailored in luxe velvet. Worn with a twisted bun and minimal makeup, the entire look is fresh and fierce.

fashion art torontoIt wouldn't be |FAT| without a good corset. This sci-fi leather dress by Starkers Corsetry is all white with black accents, featuring layered pleats and shoulder armour.

fashion art torontoThe soft tulle and lacework of this orange Baby Steinberg dress are meant to give the illusion of cotton candy on a hot summer day.

fashion art torontoDoreen To is one of the |FAT| designers with a more subdued aesthetic - but that doesn't mean her work is any less jaw-dropping. This all-black look reminds me of haphazard origami, its silhouettes and folds appearing fluid and structured at the same time.

fashion art torontoInspired by the transition between winter and spring (much like the rest of us), Christine Youn of PORTE juxtaposed jagged laser-cut details against soft silhouettes. The collection was as elegant as it was ethereal; this look epitomizes it.

fashion art torontoSainte Genovefa and Simple Smiles & Co teamed up to produce a collection combining chain work and hand-knitting. This dress, made of rows and rows of leather fringe, is essentially one really big statement necklace - but it looks awesome, so I'm not complaining.

fashion art torontoA comment on the tendency to bite off more than one can chew, Mitra Ghavamian sent 10 looks down the runway - each featuring an extra arm or five.

fashion art torontoArtifice's flawlessly constructed corsets sure are something to gawk at, but the showstoppers this time around were the models' Elizabethan headdress-masks.

fashion art torontoBenji Wong of Benji WZW uses a whole slew of innovative techniques to put together each look. This one features a digital print on a leather coat and a 3D-printed helmet shaped like a baby's head.

Photos by Johnathan M. Hooper, courtesy |FAT| Arts & Fashion Week.



Hillary / April 28, 2014 at 11:00 am
Your link to PORTE is to a real estate developer in Vancouver, not the accessories brand which I believe you meant to link.

Separate to the above, just a comment that Artifice's headpieces remind me too much of Alexander McQueen SS/08 to be impressed.
Doreen / April 28, 2014 at 02:06 pm
Thank you for being there, I love blogTO!
Natalia replying to a comment from Hillary / April 28, 2014 at 02:11 pm
Thanks Hillary! This has been fixed.
Artifice / April 28, 2014 at 08:41 pm
Thank you so much for including us! The gorgeous headdresses were by Posh Fairytale Couture by Rachel Sigmon of Germany. We were lucky to have them for our show. She's very talented.
Asif Iftekhar / April 29, 2014 at 01:03 pm
Really Great Collections, Thanks for the update.
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