Fashion (Meets) Art (In) Toronto

By Jyqa Patano

Fashion is an experience, and in downtown Toronto, this comes to life in Fashion Art Toronto. FAT Arts & Fashion Week is a celebration of art, culture and fashion that is both inventive and contemporary in its expression. With over 50 runway shows and performances, the 10-year retrospective exhibition provides a crucial platform for its creative participants and contributors.

Photo by Mary Chen

Photo by Mary Chen

Casper & Casper attended the event and had a front row seat to the unique artistry of the local talent. Photography, live installations, multimedia exhibitions and stunning runway shows were the highlight of the occasion, illuminating the night in an enlightening display of Toronto’s cultural heart.

Looks like Spring Spirit

The runway was impervious to the cold of the weekend weather, the heated spotlights featuring both established names and rising new labels. Designers at Fashion Art Toronto transcended conventional forms of fashion without losing the high standards of the industry, proving that diversified tastes and looks can only enhance the range of fashion rather than diminish it.

New faces and new names brought a renewed, revitalised energy to the event, greeting the oncoming spring months with a courageous spirit daring to be different.

House of Etiquette, famous for dressing Lady Gaga’s iconic looks in the early 2010s, embodied this bold outlook by strutting its provocative new line in latex and leather. Contemporary brand Kennie Mas is fast-becoming a Casper & Casper favourite, establishing his place in the middle ground between fashion and art by channelling the vibrant, frilly colour of the 80s and 90s queer scene for his spring collection. Albeit slightly campy, both Kennie Mas and House of Etiquette display elegant tastes and embrace the exceptional, embodying the future of fashion.

Photo by Chris Cheung

Photo by Chris Cheung

The New Movement

Statements on identity and social responsibility were also at the forefront of the collective creative consciousness.

Designers like Padina Bondar demonstrated the importance of ethical couture with her recent collection, Refuse. The exclusive launch of her spring line spoke to current environmental crises and illuminated the need for more socially- and environmentally-conscious decisions in the fashion industry. Delicate placements of plastic fragments on gowns that emulate the fluidity of the water that they pollute, coupled with a haunting opera performance as models seemingly float along the runway.

LoveClosely’s Bloom and Yukon Tough’s La Collision were a celebration of the designers’ identities through fashion in the intricate details of each piece, calling to attention a more critical exploration of diversity as the foundation of a vibrant, multicultural society. Their art direction is fuelled by their roots, drawing inspiration from their personal backgrounds to outfit each model with Farsi and faux fur, respectively. 

In the event’s main environment, installations and multimedia works by acclaimed artists, photographers and filmmakers explored and interpreted style and sense. Dynamic live art illustrated how fashion can extend beyond the runway.

LoveClosely’s Bloom and Yukon Tough’s La Collision were a celebration of the designers’ identities through fashion in the intricate details of each piece, calling to attention a more critical exploration of diversity as the foundation of a vibrant, multicultural society. Their art direction is fuelled by their roots, drawing inspiration from their personal backgrounds to outfit each model with Farsi and faux fur, respectively. 

In the event’s main environment, installations and multimedia works by acclaimed artists, photographers and filmmakers explored and interpreted style and sense. Dynamic live art illustrated how fashion can extend beyond the runway.

New Visions for Fashion

Fashion Art Toronto is a multi-disciplinary showcase of pushing boundaries by being at the forefront of openness and inclusion, with both emerging and established talent at the helm. Much of the talent and exhibitions were engaging and provocative in a way that can only be described as revolutionary, and the union of design, art and fashion was nothing short of extraordinary.

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