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Countdown to FAT! Images & Video

Posted on: Monday, April 8, 2013

This year, |FAT| Arts & Fashion Week promises to be even more innovative featuring the best up and coming Designers, Artists and Musicians and it all goes down next week. To make the wait more interesting FAT has released a rad video starring our friend Myles Sexton who will also be showing his label M.Sexton over the FAT week! Check this out!


An independent production by producer Shawn Venasse (The Savage Film Company) and writer/director Zenon Turczyn (Zen Artists), in collaboration with |FAT| creator, Vanja Vasic.

Images By  Jason Hargrove

Visit FAT online here to grab your tickets! It will be totally worth your while! Tweet about it with #FAT2013!

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Andy Jones: The Journey to Fashion Art Toronto

Posted on: Friday, September 7, 2012

Toronto is overly filled and bursting at the seams with talent in design, art, and music. We come across many talented young people who are focused on achieving greatness and making their mark. One man in particular is Andy Jones, a young designer who is now on the journey of his career. He is working on a collection to debut at Toronto’s Alternative Fashion Week, Fashion Art Toronto (FAT). This collection is his major focus, as he wants to slowly build a fashion business that comes across as fresh and modern.

Above: Carcia & Telly (The HerCastleGirls) posing with Andy Jones at The MashUp Shopping Affair held held at HomeGrown Boutique. Below: Sample of Andy Jones creation

Born and raised in Alberta, Andy grew up in a very fashionable home of entrepreneurs who inspired him to follow his designer dreams at the age of 14.”I started to learn to sew at 14 and I wasn’t very good in my home economics course. I moved to Edmonton, got a job in retail, and I was working on singing, dancing, but I figured I wanted to go to Fashion School for college,” Andy said. He continued to hone his skills with internships with LINE Knit Wear and countless others.

Like many before him, Andy found the drive to design from iconic fashion figures, such as Tom Ford. “I think my love of fashion started with when Tom Ford was with Gucci. I saw what he did for Gucci and he was my favorite and he’s still my favorite. I saw him designing for Gucci and that was it, I wanted to be a designer,” he said. When asked about his collection, Andy thought and pondered on his answer.

“To sum up my collection in three words, it would be modernism, because of the clean lines, like minimalism. The second would be Bo-ho Gypsy drapery, and then I would say futurism, with the metallic pieces on the clothes,” he said. “I embrace different demographics as a designer. I’m half Trinidadian and half Norwegian so I’m pulling from both sides. I also look at the future of design, not what’s in the stores, but what on WGSN. I think it’s important for designers to stay on top of that website and They are letting you know where things are going.  It’s good to experiment and change up the pallet.”

It's The Little Details That Matter. Andy gave us a sneak peek of his designs, only through detail images. We can't wait to see the full on pieces!

Andy’s mind set towards fashion is an interesting one. He is young and passionate about the art of it all, but he understands that Fashion lives through business, thanks to his experience with retail brands such as DELISH where he’s a stylist and his conversations with his entrepreneurial parents. He mentioned the designers who have the freshness in design, but have reached international standards in branding.

“When I think of the freshness on an international scale, I think of Proenza Schouler, Alexander Wang and I still think Marc Jacobs is still good to look at. He kind of gives you a fantasy. In a Canadian demographic, I think VAWK. I always enjoy the girls from LABEL. I also really enjoy David Dixon because he’s really fresh. I think they have a good perspective of where fashion is going with minimalism.”

We asked Andy how he handles the feeling of uncertainty in his designs being accepted as a new designer. “I’ve always felt like the underdog. Being from a small town in Alberta I’ve always felt that way. People on the outside would look in and not believe that but its true. When you look at the reality of it I don’t have an investor, I have resources, but I have to be wise with them. I know I have to do the best job I can. If someone doesn’t like my product, they are not my customer, or they are someone I don’t want to work with. Everyone is going to have a different point of view. We are in an industry where you will eventually bump into or work with someone you might have a past with.”

Andy Jones created an Idea board to guide his thoughts on his collection. As you can see, he is all about distinctive, bold lines with a minimalist form.

Embarking on his on Fashion Business journey, we had to ask Andy about his thoughts on the idea of everyone wanting to be a fashion designer or musician  and the idea that well made art is not getting the respect it should. “You see it in Fashion and in music and it’s this line a credibility. On my playlist that are many Indie singers, Bands, and Djs. I didn’t realize this line of credibility until I was introduced to it. We are in an interesting time. You can choose to visit a department store and buy there, or make something yourself. The Big Box stores offer what seems to be art, but it’s business, it’s commercial. This is why its important to go out of your way for your customer. It surprises customers when you go out of your way for them and they appreciate that.”

Andy Jones will be submitting his collection to FAT officials in December later this year.

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FAT! What A Week It Was!

Posted on: Monday, April 30, 2012

The week was just too short! Fashion Art Week (FAT) showed us that Canada IS the home of so many talented fashion creators & innovators. We take time now to remember the amazing designs presented by young designers! Cheers To FAT!

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FAT FAVORITES! Armour By Seema

Posted on: Friday, April 27, 2012

We enjoyed the battle between hard and soft presented by ARMOUR by Seema at Fashion Art Toronto (FAT). Leather and floral patterns never looked so chic! Cool part about this collection is the option you have to remove the leather pieces, changing the entire look and feel of the outfit.

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FAT 2012: KAREY SHINN Cosmetic Green

Posted on: Wednesday, April 25, 2012

We are happy to take in all the new talent presented at Fashion Art Toronto Fashion Week. With FAT, you can only expect to see what you wouldn’t see in your average fashion show. Karey Shinn presented a fashion show merged with dance performance and a tale of plants and insects who live and battle with chemically treated lawns. The story for Cosmetic Green is inspired by the 5th anniversary of Rachel Carson‘s Silent Spring, a book that exposed the damage that pesticides inflict on the biosphere. The show was choreographed and performed by the best in Hip-hop and modern dance.

Ant Mob Party Dress

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Pre-Show Chat with RACHEL SIN!

Posted on: Monday, April 23, 2012

After studying Architecture as a profession, Rachel Sin took her designing knowledge and translated it into textile design, creating some of the most distinctive pieces in Canadian women’s wear. Rachel Sin’s creations are not only gorgeous, but functional and original. It is fitting that Rachel Sin will be showing this week at Fashion Arts Toronto (FAT), Toronto’s alternative fashion week. As we come close to her FAT showing April 25th titled, City Scapes 2012, we had a moment to chat with the designer about her inspiration for her latest collection and what we can expect from the brand in the near future.

What does it mean for a designer like yourself to be showing at FAT this year?

It’s great to be able to celebrate fashion creatively in an environment where the possibilities are unlimited.  This means a lot to designers and artists that are breaking out and do not want to be confined by commercially oriented fashion weeks.  With every idea that we approached the FAT team with, we were responded with a “Yes, that’s a great idea, let’s do it!” This year we are excited to be opening Day 2 with singer Cory Lee and her performance of her new single Fashion Show.

The Alicia Dress

With your latest collection, what is the inspiration or theme?

Reminiscent of the fashions from a Pedro Almodovar film creation, this collection is darkly romantic defining today’s modern style – an appealing contradiction of strength and vulnerability. Almodovar’s protagonist,  and favorite actress, a.k.a Penelope Cruz, inspired a mood board with rich materials including textured lace, faux-fur and shimmering sequins. A feminine neutral toned colour palette consisting of camel, charcoal gray and peach nude elevate the contemporary expression of this collection.  This collection is stunning with evening dresses, fall suiting separates, fitted skirts, sequined dinner pants, and a form-fitting blazer accented on the breast with faux-fur.   Cut-outs, sheer lace, and a falling back-line are distinctive of my work. A sophisticated yet sexy design approach are incorporated into many of the pieces.  Almodovar consistently creates female characters who can do it all.  They can be plain or spectacularly glamorous.  They can be needy and possessive or fiercely self-sufficient.

You’ve created such a strong brand with your designs. As an artist, do you ever feel pressured to out-do yourself?

As a Fashion Designer, you are constantly questioning yourself, it’s hard to step back and take a retrospective look at what you’ve accomplished.  As an artist, you are constantly growing and reinventing yourself, the best part is that you have full control, but it is also a very introspective work.  It’s good to be able to take criticism and feedback, to be realistic and be aware of where you stand.

What new lessons have you learned in preparing for this show?

No matter how much of a perfectionist you are, there are some things that are out of your control.   Breathe and take it one day at a time.

Tanya Kim looks stunning wearing the Chloe dress on E-talk

Now that this show is set, what plans do you have for the next few months? You don’t have to spill your secrets…

Pre-fashion show rush, I am just taking it one day at a time!  Post FAT, we will be participating at America’s Next Top Model Live Toronto Shopping event May 4-6 at the Metro Convention Centre.  Also, we’re excited to be hosting a Private Styling and Shopping event, Saturday, May 24th with Roxx Jewels and Sentaler Coats.  This event will take place at Sentaler Showroom at 555 Richmond St and will be an exclusive styling and shopping experience.

photo credit: Joao Bettencourt. Images provided by Rachel Sin

If you’re in Toronto this week, or planning on taking in Rachel Sin’s show, you should check out this afterparty she will be hosting with FAT…

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