Sunday, September 30, 2012

RAW: The Art of Fashion 2012 Design Competition

I, or rather, the Forest City Fashionista, was invited to a fashion event Toronto this weekend - Saturday night found me at the "VIP" reception for the Art of Fashion Design Competition at Hazelton Lanes in Yorkville.  The Art of Fashion is a Canadian organization with a mission statement to "champion high-quality Canadian fashion by fostering the careers of talented emerging designers and creating award-winning platforms for exposure".   So says their website, here.

This year's design competition had the artistic theme of "RAW", and 10 designers created 6 outfits with this theme as inspiration.  Two designers from London, Andrea Kuntz and Charlotte Ghesquiere had designs under their label "ORB" in the competition.  This was the first time that I attended this event, so I had no idea what to expect.  In addition to the work of the designers competing for the title of "Most Promising Designer" and "Best Exhibit", there were cocktails, appetizers, live entertainment, and a number of attendees wearing really cool outfits - definitely a step up from my usual Saturday night.  I took a lot of photos so I thought I'd split them into two posts, the first focusing on the designs and designers in the competition:

Ryan Joelson, left, shown with his designs, had the distinction of being the only male designer in the competition

Londoners Andrea Kuntz and Charlotte Ghesquire pose in front of their designs

Designer Anouk Moran, on the right, poses with  a model wearing a gorgeous dress that Moran designed.  Her collection was titled "The Resplendent Warrior".

Another of Moran's designs - the large folds of fabric around the hips would be great places to store your cellphone and some snacks!

There was a lot of Big Hair on the models.  This young woman said it took about 30 - 40 minutes and a lot of hairspray to get her hair like this.

Gravity-defying hair on a model for one of the designs from Mary Duldouras

I loved the pleating and leather details on this piece by Jennie Uhlman

Designer Robyn Germanese, far right, with models wearing pieces from her collection entitled "Morsus"

Designer Devlyn Van Loon, in her fabulous glasses

Tomorrow's installment will feature the eye-catching style of some of the other attendees of the event.  As usual, I did not get anyone to take a photo of me with my own camera, so I'm depending on the kindness of strangers to email me the photo they took of me at the event...


  1. Ooooh, wish I'd been there. Inspiring fashion, and the last photo with the great glasses/red lipstick? Fabulous!!

  2. Resuscitate me now!!!! What a talented lot those amazing designers are! I am ready to dive into my screen and strip everything off the model wearing the amazing road-kill cape and ooh I might just need her hair while I'm at it! Hellz I wake up with my hair looking like that anyway, why fight it? Inspirational doesn't even begin to describe how I feel about your night out, I'm so glad you had a good time:)) xoxoxoxoxo

  3. Such youth and such talent - I see brilliant careers ahead for these designers. How wonderful that you could meet them. I want that big hair!

  4. Wow! there's some talent over there! I'm dying over that chick with the gravity defying hair, what a babe! xxx

  5. Very cool! I love the pleating and leather in that dress too. I'd love to dress sort of space age style every day. I think it could be very hip and comfy with stretchy fabrics. Can't imagine wearing big hair like that though. Can you imagine the amount of hairspray we'd have to use? My bathroom would be covered in a shellac coating.

  6. I miss events such as these. Really looking forward to seeing what some of the attendees wore!

  7. Really nice coverage, Shelley! The young designers are as gorgeous as their work, and that is some awesome big hair.

    (I would totally file snacks away in that dress, but with my luck they'd be crumbly, melty ones!)

  8. Some fabulous design on show, the pleated structural pieces are amazing, and so is the Big Hair! Looks like a great event. xxx

  9. This is cool event Shelley! lots of inspiration and creativity !

    Ariane xxxxx