Alternative Fashion Week Toronto

[FAT]: Day Two

Today, [FAT]'s artists continued to investigate the ideas and issues surrounding Home, Planet, Gutter, and Beyond. In response to Earth Day, I TTC'ed my way to the runway as a dozen designers left the comforts of Home and set out to explore the Planet.

Zuzanium focused on soft structure with minimalistic lines and futuristic fabrics.


Anika played with proportion and balance, turning silhouettes from classic to modern. Her recurring asymmetrical, exposed zippers further proved she has a different way of looking at traditional design principles ... or she needs a new measuring tape.


Menswear reigned supreme for Andal-Lopez, who showed a capsule collection of casual, slouchy separates on casual, slouchy models.


David C Wigley's Worth was darkly romantic without being harsh. He effectively merged the serious and subdued with the soft and feminine.


Amanda Rose's slim lines and feminine colours were pretty basic, but pretty nonetheless.

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Cherry Blossom drew attention to conflicting but compatible details: ruffles and sparkles versus rips and shredding.

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Cristina Sabaiduc's Romandin experimented with structure and texture, creating a simultaneously earthy and ethereal line.


Deadly Nightshades (environmentally-conscious designers by day, style-conscious bikers by night) showed bright, sporty pieces made of sustainable fabrics.

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Paper People Clothing edged a little too close to cardboard-box-chic for my tastes, thanks to the models' public drunkenness and long dreadlocks. But I guess that was the point, right?

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Elizaveta Yankelovich's Kameleon line contrasted ballerina on the bottom with anything and everything (but sometimes nothing) on top.


Baby Steinberg's Meet My Art collection recycled, reduced, and reused everything from teddy bears to cell phone cases: Earth Day-friendly trash couture.

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Too Hot Too Wet Too Dangerous, by Karey Shinn, was one third runway show, one third performance art, and one third political statement. I'm not sure I completely 'got it', but three rowdy fans (too drunk, too loud, too close) lead me to believe it was fantastic.

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All photos by Alana Seldon.

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