Wondering what FAT is all about? Fashion Art Toronto is responsible for Arts & Fashion Week, a platform for inventive, pioneering and contemporary expression. This annual multi-arts event features 200 national and international fashion designers, visual artists, bands and performers each year. The festival delivers a packed schedule of runway shows, live performances, music, photography exhibits, video screenings and installation exhibits to celebrate art in its various forms. Held every April, the event welcomes 5,000 people including stylists, buyers, curators, critics, members of the media, the arts, music and fashion related industry as well as the general public.
With that being said, here are my picks for the best runways shots of the week!
Raji Aujla is an international affairs journalist whose designs are a way of self-expression. Raji enjoys making menswear that pushes the boundaries and mixes multiple ethnic influences. In her 2012 collection she showed pieces that mixed traditional British tailoring with authentic Indian elements. One example is the light grey diagonal buttoned jacket with the high collar shown below. The cut and structure give the jacket a nostalgic feeling of traditional British military garb, while the collar lends an Indian flair to the piece, similar to that of the Indian Kurta. Raji also infuses innovation into her collection by using a single colored lapel, a short hem on the sleeves and pairing drapery with her formal suiting.
Human Nature – Kallvis Gents
Kallvis Gents is a young designer that follows one philosophy: fit. He feels that if a person is going to choose his designs, they should fit him properly! I was drawn to his piece below for multiple reasons. Firstly, a mandarin collar is generally untraditional for a short sleeve shirt, and I was drawn to how tapered the shirt is to the body. Secondly, the black sleeves give the appearance of a shirt beneath a shirt while also making it look like the wearer is covered in tattoos. I think this is a really interesting feature because of the popularity of tattoos in our society. Here, Kallvis gives the wearer of this piece the ability to look like a tattooed rebel without actually getting inked up!
Worth – David C. Wigley
I saved my favorite piece for last! David C. Wigley is one of the preeminent menswear designers in Canada and showed off his expertise with the collection he put out this year for FAT. In the look below, David showed his skill by reworking the very traditional and classic dinner blazer. Although he kept the iconic satin lapel, he changed it from a shawl collar to a peak collar, replaced the button with a hidden clip and, most noticeably, lost the traditional white jacket and opted instead for a print. I also adore the styling of this look! Since the blazer itself is quite loud, it’s best paired with pieces that are both classically formal as well as subtle in color. This piece was created for the fashion forward gentleman who wants to make a bold statement while staying masculine; which for me is what menswear is all about!