May 1, 2011

Toronto Alternative Arts & Fashion Week FAT 2011 - Part 1 of 2

Last week was the Toronto Alternative Fashion Week. The fashion shows were special as they consist not only runway shows, but also dance performances, art films and musical numbers.

Unlike most other fashion shows, it was refreshing to see models of different sizes with tattoos and piercings on the runway instead of the cookie cutter high fashion models. By showing models of different looks and sizes, the show demonstrates that fashion can be represented by everyone.

Mitra featured contemporary bridal pieces of various fabrics and exaggerated cuts. It consisted sheer layers as well flower pieces pinned to the dresses to give it the femininity. The collection may not be what most would wear when they walk down the isle but it made an interesting and enjoyable show.

Jool, designed by Julie Phelps, is base out of Toronto and featured exclusively at HAUS- a boutique in Bloordale. Each outfit in the collection was unique through the fringe and fabric tears as well that tad bit of color which make it pop. It's great street wear for those who would like to stand out from the crowd.

Ica Watermelon
Ica Watermelon is an eco friendly line designed by Julia Knupfer. As mentioned in the designer spotlight, Julia loves to use wool and wool was constantly seen on her runway show. But unlike the typical wool you see on old ladies, all of the wool attires were dynamic with sculptural knits and creases on the dresses and vests.

NRT Fashion
NRT, an avant garde collection by Nicole Rita Tomney played a lot with shapes and electrical tapes. Though it may not be something one could wear on regular basis, it was extremely conceptual and edgy. That being said, I wouldn't mind owning a pair of pants from the collection- they shaped the model's bottoms at all the right spots.

Human Nature
Kallvis from Human Nature featured designs for men and women in darker hues and gold hardware. Each pieces were tailored to be fitting on the models focusing on the drapes and the silhouettes. The collection had a sense of peacefulness and personal expression.

Here are some pictures from the event. I had a chance to meet some great people such as Rebecca from Little Red Umbrella, Toronto Fashionista, Kallvis from Human Nature, FashionStudio7, Pai from DeMOYO, Dylan from DylaniumKnits as well catch up with Rachel from Rachel Sin.

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