|FAT| Arts & Fashion Week 2012

May 22, 2012

|FAT| Day Two – CITYscapes

By Julia Eskins

Photography by Dmitri Moisseev

From a west end Toronto warehouse to the streets of Berlin, Vancouver and New Delhi, the Cityscapes theme of Day Two at |FAT| Arts & Fashion Week transported us to metropolises around the world. With a focus on how urban life influences fashion, the Wednesday, April 25, line-up delivered a range of runway looks appropriate for a night on any town.

Canadian recording artist Cory Lee opened the show, as models outfitted in Rachel Sin’s much-anticipated fall/winter 2012 collection stormed the runway. Staying true to her architectural background, the Toronto-based designer showcased a range of neutral coloured pieces, infused with structure and feminine lines. With eveningwear including on-trend peplums and zig zag patterned sequin cocktail dresses, Rachel Sin presented a line perfectly suited for the chic city girl.

The feminine urbanite theme continued with the latest DeMOYO collection by Zimbabwe-born Paidemoyo Chideya. Stand out pieces for me included the elegant crochet dresses in black and white, and the luxuriously glossy midnight blue jumpsuit.

This year’s Focus Germany theme introduced us to Berlin designer Esther Perbandt, who presented an industrial-cool collection perfect for an evening out in Berlin’s Kreuzberg neighbourhood. All eyes were on the edgy black outfits and, most fittingly, androgynous model Myles Sexton.

In an unforgettable runway show, designer Raji Aujla presented a strong menswear collection that fused north Indian and British Raj influences. Models walked to Andrea Bocelli in fitted suits in neutral colours, with pops of hot pink, powder blue and silver lamé. In a typical |FAT| fashion, there was a surprise twist when model and Sikh rapper Humble the Poet turned the runway into a stage for a rap solo towards the end of the show.

Jewelry and clothing designer Emily Woudenberg emerged as a true star of the evening with the presentation of her latest collection, Ego. The Passion for Fashion Award 2012 winner built on last year’s runway acclaim with a collection of bold graphic looks. The dynamic line included colour blocking, gold metallic pants and eccentric prints. Staying true to her signature material concrete jewelry line, geometric necklaces made a bold statement.

From a femininely chic opening by Rachel Sin to Woudenberg’s finale punch, Day Two showcased city slicker apparel to keep us stylishly rocking from disco to dawn.

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