|FAT| Arts & Fashion Week opened on Tuesday with DJ music, runway shows, fashion videos, photography, and art installations. Known previously as Alternative Fashion Week, the exhibition continues its tradition of gathering up-and-coming designers whose perception of fashion often differs from large commercial fashion houses.
The first night’s theme, LANDscapes, focused mostly on ethno-inspired collections, sustainability and strong eco-conscious messages like the one of Cosmetic Green by Karey Shinn, who transformed her fashion show into a fashion performance on the runway.
With dancers taking the place of models, this was certainly a very unconventional way to show off the collection. A dash of retro and a hint of fetish completed the first evening’s mix.
Quite a different feel was presented on Wednesday with more refined, urban styles. CITYscapes was about the less wild and more fashion-conscious customer who picks the latest trends: cropped tops, sheer fabrics, body-conscious silhouettes, and shimmer. Mostly in subdued black and neutral tones.
What caught my eye was the new generation of impeccably tailored suits by Raji Aujla. Influenced by the clash between the British Raj and the Indian nationals during the first uprising against colonial rule, the collection showed very sophisticated men’s fashions.
And while I absolutely adore the female body shape, I have to admit, I also enjoyed seeing the Andrej Pejic-type slender, blond, and pretty-faced boys, strutting the runway among female models in women’s collections. Yeah, FAT does keep it trendy!
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