Showcasing over 200 incredible Canadian and international designers and artists whose talent ranges from delicate skirts to bodices made entirely of wire, Fashion Art Toronto is an "out of the box" arts and fashion week experience. The runway is also a stage for performers, and a platform for many young artists in the fashion industry.
Spectacular and raw, this week really opened our eyes to another side of the fashion world that was both fun and hypnotizing. We're still ready to get up and dance after watching the brilliant performance by RiaToss productions!
In the theme of our May online issue, “Making a Difference”, we took the floor during intermissions to speak to designers, Models and guests, who shared their insight and viewpoints on beauty and the fashion world, along with their personal style statements.
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For designer and model, Saki, “Every day is a runway”. She tells Mimp Mag she fell in love with fashion after moving to Toronto from Sudan and discovering Naomi Cambell. According to Saki, modelling boosts the confidence of women. “You have to go out on the runway – and everyone is looking at you and photographing you[…] there’s a little bit of pressure but it's so fun!”
We noted the beautiful range of body types of the models strutting the runway and couldn't help but feel empowered. The collections wouldn't seem the same without the individuals inside them.
“All of these models have imperfections and FAT supports and embraces these imperfections, these flaws […] It’s all very real.” She says when asked to explain her love for Fashion Arts Toronto and her views on the fashion industry. Saki ensured us fashion is a big part of her life, she never misses an opportunity to dress up and express herself.
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The same goes for designer, Kaeyla kay, who explains her line is “not for boring girls”. It is, however, all about standing out! The colourful patterns and prints explode off of midi-length skirts with coordinating crop tops and classic dresses. Classic with a twist.
Think 1950’s south, fused with the culture of Ghana. Seriously epic! We comment on her adorable hat, to which she replies “The line is great for a day event, going clubbing with the girls and modest enough to wear to church!” she laughs. To Kaeyla, fashion is all about making a statement and introducing a new spin on cultural fashion.
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Designer, Venita, says her line is for the every day woman. "Confidence comes from within - I think my clothes can bring that out and make a woman feel badass!"
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Ready–to-wear pieces don’t always “do it” for everyone.
Lesley Hampton (left) tells Mimp Mag about her love for “Wearable Art”. From the sight of her remarkable custom self-designed shoes, decked out in white roses, it isn’t difficult to believe.
Lesley hopes to have a line of her own walking the runway next year and we can’t wait to see her masterpieces.
FAT Toronto has truly taught us a lot and opened our eyes to another side of the fashion world. Unsure of our own style we enlisted in some expert help. "EXPERIMENT!" Said VANJA, FAT's Executive Director. "Push the boundaries, be creative, act like a kid and don't be afraid to go crazy! Fashion is about realizing your culture".