Cristobel Couture at Toronto Alternative Fashion Week. This show was so crazy. A parade of alter-egos, subconscious desires, and wacky characters. Actually creative and very entertaining. It was preluded by a short the designer made telling of his daily roundabouts – going to the grocery store, taking the subway, prostituting - all while wearing craaazy outfits and huge platform heels.
Heidi Ackerman's collection was a whimsical show with amazingl silhouettes and shape. It was mostly neutral with pops of colour every now and again. There were a lot of chunky knits and eXXXtra-big shoulders. Models varied from stick thin to curvaceous which was wonderful. Very forward thinking and some of the clothes were almost wearable. She also chose to play The Knife, who I love and included "Neverland" in the video I made. PS: I recommend Fever Ray, Karin Dreijer Andersson's solo project!!
Salvadore by Martha Sharpe was a beautiful contradiction. Architectural, hard lines and colour blocking mixed with floral embellishments. Grays and Blacks were pitted against bright corals and oranges. Very clean. My friend [tiffany ]walked in it and she looked gorgeous. And those shoe attachments!!
For FAT Day Three: Gutter, I was in the gutter. I showed up to the show, my name was on one list as media, but not on the other which gave out the passes, so I got a guest pass instead (which I lost in less than 3 minutes). I went to set up at the end of the runway with my tiny little HD Camcorder and felt a little noob compared to the videographers with huge Cameras. I went to turn on my camera, and it didn't. I must have left it on all day and it ran out of juice. So I missed the first set of shows to charge it :(. I'm so sad I missed filming UND, it was really cool.
Jet Expedition (Jocelyn Teng) was amazing. It involved a sort of tribal, mystical atmosphere. The models hopped down the runway in flowing dress in white and blues, bright red tights, and had horns on their hats.
youth.in.Asia was also very good. The designers,Joshua Shier and Aidan Mayner, used Film reels, VHS tapes, vinyl, feather, and fur. A very eclectic mix of everything.
Kirsty McKenzie was a beautiful show, it took florals to the max, but with a darker edge. There was tons of velvet (pants, bodysuits) in magenta florals, big flowers along the neckline, and all the model had black bobs going (YSL?).