Inconsistent collections show promise at FAT

FAT continued this week with Diepo and Worth, two collections based on clean lines and fresh silhouettes -- one sexy, one chic.


Diepo was one of the shows I was most excited about after taking a whirl through their sexy-ass online lookbook.

Justine Diener and Kristin Poon definitely have some good ideas--I loved their low-cut romper, the short-sleeved silk cardy, the see-through tops, the high-cut tap-pant, and the sheer mini-dresses cut like a tee on top and slit high on the bottom.


But a lot of the construction has a long way to go: many of the pieces looked quite awkward on the models, whether it was too baggy or too tight. Some of the cuts were also a bit unflattering, like the long-sleeved crop-top or the highwaisted skin-tight trousers.

Once they get a handle on their fit, the line should be ready to grace the TNA of adventurous girls everywhere.

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Worth by David C. Wigley

Worth was a little all over the place, but the parts--rather than the sum--were still pretty exciting. The cuts were innovative and eye-catching, like the full-skirted red coat with a thick zipper and giant lapels, the massive pair of gauchos, and the elegantly draped one-shouldered scarlet column. Even the simple things had neat details, like the simple bubble-hemmed tie-dye summer dress with the bottom part of the dress "tucked" into the bodice from below.

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Some of the menswear was quite unique as well, with the boys sporting asymmetrical cowl-necked cream sweaters and trouser-shorts with elasticized bottoms. Where Wigley went awry, however, was his suiting, which had a Eurotrash-clubwear feel. No-one should ever be caught dead in a black velour ensemble, or a fire-engine red suit!

I'm excited to see where Wigley goes next season. With cuts and colour choice like these, a new bold name has been added to the ranks of Canada's young design talents.

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Photos by Angela Y Martin

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