Left, Auxiliary Kokabiel fashion editorial model Myles Sexton.
Toronto ON, April 22 – VANIKA is the Hungarian nickname for the designer’s given name Vanessa, and also means butterfly. Amply titled Morphesis, Vanessa Kiraly’s collection at Toronto’s FAT Art & Fashion Week was extraordinary for a lady of such a young age. At only 16 years old, and with the help and mentorship of her family, her debut collection transformed this young model into a budding designer before our eyes.
The first look was masculine, raw, almost tribal in appearance, edgy yet very wearable. A mixture of faux furs, vegan leather, and metallic fringe fabrics were seen throughout the collection, accompanied by titanium quartz and agate accessories handmade to compliment each look. There were snakeskin and damask, patent and smooth, tattered and textured pieces. It was organized chaos, and a stylist’s dream.
The dark and moody palette was clearly for the upcoming Fall season. The looks consisted of many layers allowing pieces to be worn separately but easily could be layered together if need be. Dusky greens and browns transformed to royal blues and purples. While rich blacks in a variety of fabrics and shades were prominent throughout.
It was hard to pick just a few favorites, they were all so intriguing with intricate details making it hard to choose a top few. The men’s black on black zebra patterned zip up T-shirt with draping black panels of matte black wrapped around a pair of textured leaf motif maroon pants was a highlight. The look overall was dark, old school romantic, with a modern dangerous vibe. Another impressive piece was a full length textured black dress, it had a beautiful gold fringe front panel, and the titanium quartz necklace was a great touch. It was the beautiful fabric and simple lines that made this piece stand apart. The classic silhouette enhanced with a more modern sleeve.
Right, model and fashion designer Vanessa Kiraly.
To the delight and to a degree the expectations of the audience, the young model finished her collection in a gown fit for the strong women she’s become. A statement dress with feathered fur and sequined royal blue sleeves with ruffled darkness and modern metal zipper details that all combined to create one striking persona. It was breathtaking. We had the chance to experience the story one last time as each of the models strolled out for the final walk. Our little designer butterfly was cheered as she walked hand in hand with her caterpillar counterpart. Truly we have embraced our new queen; congratulations Vanessa. Long rein VANIKA.
photos : Ian Compton
– Tasha Farrington