Dance dance. The Farley Chatto runway at Toronto Fashion Week opened with a ballet performance excerpt from La Sylphides to set the tone. The ballet is a romantic tale set in Scotland for the fall and winter.
The collection itself contained lots of tartans and plaids. There were furs all over the outerwear. There were ultra-feminine skirts of tulle and other soft fabrics for dancing. Menswear jackets were well cut and dapper. Pants were quite slim. Women's furs were luxurious and offered in natural and vivid colors like purple and red.
Hardcore fashion fans delighted in the appearance of supermodel Stacey McKenzie on the runway (far right in the mauve fur coat). The staging itself did not take itself seriously. Farley Chatto is a Canadian fashion vet who costumes the country's top arts productions including the tv competition Canadian Idol. He teaches fashion at the nation's top program at Ryerson University. He has a respected reputation in tailoring to celebs like Saraj Jessica Parker to George Clooney. That didn't stop him from sending down a shirtless male model wrapped in faux tiger fur and shawled in cable knit as eye candy.
Farley Chatto even showed off his own impressive ballet skills for the finale. I can't say I have ever seen a designer do that for his show. Bravo.
|photos by David TW Leung|