The flow of creative juices at |FAT| was intoxicating. Fashion Art Toronto set a new standard for itself with this year’s event showcasing the apex of imagination in the realms of film, art and fashion, from Copenhagen to Berlin, all on a Toronto stage. The four day event centered itself on the theme, “Fashion Therapy” examining fashion’s ability to heal and how it can impact our emotions and mental state.
Fashion Therapy included five sub-themes, Drama, Craving, Escape, Crisis and Euphoria in relation to fashion. The themes are especially fitting today when so often the subject of style or how to dress is strongly scrutinized and celebrated all over the world for a million different reasons. The runway shows were all refreshing in their own way from Sakhuja’s bow and arrow motif walking the runway along to the haunting voice of Kurt Cobain, to the Mattel-mind game art installation called, “Teasing Chair” by Maja Radanovic.
We got a chance to chat with the talented creator of |FAT|, Vanja Vasic, who talked to us about this year’s event.
What were some of this year’s highlights for you?
I was very proud of the photography exhibit this year. It was nice to see international artists presented alongside incredible Canadian talent. In terms of the fashion collections – there were so many great ones. I tend to gravitate towards the more conceptual and edgy shows that comment on current issues in society (politics, race, gender etc) Some of my favorite shows this year were Malafacha, V-Franz, L’uomo Strano, Mitra, Ideal Glass, Matiere Noire, B.E. Shields, YDNA, Masha and House of Etiquette. I also loved Lubica and Typical Friday Night for bringing some fun, colour and playfulness to the catwalk. Finally, I loved the interactive elements from the Dressing Room Project exhibitions and how the audience got involved with the work
What have been some of FAT’s greatest accomplishments?
One of our greatest accomplishments is bringing together and exposing local, national and international talent to the city of Toronto. |FAT| is one of the only events of its kind that is a leader in presenting new and diverse ideas around fashion.
Why do you feel an event like FAT, is an important part of Toronto’s identity?
|FAT| is a true representation of the city of Toronto. If you are new to the city – you will see the essence of Toronto at |FAT| – its diversity, inclusiveness and a variety of perspectives in fashion and the arts. In addition, |FAT| creates a positive rather than competitive environment where it is possible to foster collaborations and an exchange of ideas across disciplines and countries and is thus is a breeding ground for the future of Toronto talent. Toronto is well on its way to becoming known for the presentation of a multitude of arts and culture around the world and |FAT| is an essential part of that new Toronto identity because of the innovative nature of the event, the caliber of talent presented each year and the fact that all of the arts come together in one place.
For more info: fashionarttoronto.ca
Posted by Samira Zia Rehman
Toronto duo Crystal Castles have been touring the world in support of their latest album, (III). Bandmates Alice Glass and Ethan Kath appear in their video for “Affection,” which was shot while they were on tour in South America.
For more info: crystalcastles.com
Posted by Simone Zucker
Toronto new-wave pop band Bravestation comprised of brothers Devin (vocals, keyboards) and Derek Wilson (guitar, keyboards) alongside childhood friend Jeremy Rossetti (drums, percussion) just released “All We Have Is Us” off their new EP “IV”, which comes out May 14, 2013. If you’re in Toronto on May 15th, you can see them live at their record release party at The Drake.
Previously: Bravestation – “Giants & Dreamers”
Free food and drinks, and a Yukon Blonde show all in one place. Is there anything better than that? I don’t think so.
Last night, the good people at Harry Rosen threw a little party soundtracked by Kelowna’s greatest rock ‘n’ roll export, Yukon Blonde. Yes, a high-end clothing store and a grungy, indie rock band is a strange combo but Harry Rosen dubbed it as “Blurr[ing] the lines between music and fashion” and blurring the lines they did. After all, music and fashion have always gone hand in hand.
Fresh off of their West coast Canadian tour with Zeus and GROUNDERS and a pit stop at the JUNOs, Jeff, Brandon, Graham, and Jason took to the stage donning some crisp Harry Rosen suits. They ripped through a bunch of their tracks off their latest album, Tiger Talk and snuck a few oldies in the set too. Half of the audience were getting their schmooze on but once they played their single “Stairway” they definitely caught everyone’s attention.
Maybe it was the sweet smell of sliders or being surrounded by freshly ironed shirts but Yukon Blonde sounded incredible and put on an awesome, energetic show. Whether they’re performing at a seedy bar or a swanky men’s clothing store, Yukon Blonde always prove to be one of Canada’s best live acts. Check out their video for “Stairway”.
Yukon Blonde’s “Tiger Talk” is available HERE
Posted by Simone Zucker
Last year, as Amex Ambassadors we traveled to Madrid, Spain for an unforgettable experience to see Coldplay: Unstaged. Plus, we attended a private viewing party at Massey Hall for Usher: Unstaged. This year, American Express, in partnership with VEVO and YouTube have selected Vampire Weekend and Emmy nominated actor/director Steve Buscemi to kick-off their popular live stream music series, “American Express Unstaged”. American Express Unstaged highlights Amex’s dedication to service, providing Cardmembers and non-Cardmembers alike with exclusive access to premium entertainment experiences (like Vampire Weekend Unstaged) that you may not otherwise have access to.
Join us in what promises to be another premium experience and watch Vampire Weekend’s exclusive performance online on the last night of the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City at the Roseland Ballroom on Sunday, April 28th at 9pm. All you have to do is tune in live here: amexunstaged.com
The cool thing about #AmexUnstaged is that it blurs the lines between an at-home and in-concert experience. For example, you can ‘choose your cam’, that’s right, YOU can control your camera view by switching between the director’s main stream and alternate artist-themed angles. We’ve included a pre-show video below to get you as excited as we are! Enjoy the show…
For more info: facebook.com/AmericanExpressCanada
Thanks again to the Amex team for always making us feel like more than just a customer!
Last night I got a sneak peek of the Bata Shoe Museum’s latest exhibition “Out Of The Box – The Rise Of Sneaker Culture”. The exhibition explores the history of the sneaker from the 19th century to today, with over 120 sneakers representing the past 150 years. The collection includes rare sneakers from the archives of adidas, Nike, Reebok, PUMA, Converse and Northampton Museums and Art Gallery, along with loans from rap legends Run DMC, sneaker guru and DJ Bobbito Garcia, plus the latest designs from fashion designers, including Christian Louboutin, Pierre Hardy, Lanvin and Prada, as well as limited editions such as the Nike Dunk Supremes and LeBron James Stewies.
The exhibition runs from April 25th, 2013 – March 30th, 2014.
For more info: batashoemuseum.ca
We hooked up with our girl Miss Melanie Fiona to give you the chance to win a pair of tickets to see her perform live on May 3rd at the Phoenix Concert Theatre. Joining her is the amazing Blues/Hip-Hop duo CharlieRed also known as Rocki Evans and Cobaine Ivory, and the talented Remix Graduate Leila Dey.
(Contest closes Monday, April 29th, 2013)
$1 from every ticket sold will be donated to The Remix Project.