Toronto ON, April 24 – Diodati showcased a collection of black-on-black mixed with monochromatic grays at Toronto’s FAT Art & Fashion Week. Designer Luca Galardo’s collection was titled Neutral Space, and the pieces reflected gender neutrality with sleek lines, minimalism, and somewhat sensual or possibly fetishised pieces. The overall vision was styled to highlight the designs, the minimal makeup and simple slicked back hair looks were done to perfection.
The collection started strong with a full body sleek black cat suit, overlaid with a long matte black dress. The clean lines and strong pattern with its mix of textures catches your attention and makes you take notice. Each look that followed had a tone of casual sexual tension. Depending on how you choose to wear it, many of the pieces cross the boundaries of work attire and fetish. Mainstream and subculture fashions collide.
The first female model to walk out for Diodati was in a sheer mesh dress with a black skirt made of matte fabric panels that don’t quite come together. It’s both casual and overt, and that is the strength within the whole collection as well.
My favorite looks were the cat suits and modern overlay pieces. The simple soft black T-shirt style dress with its panels of mesh was something I could see in any grave wave lover’s closet.
The final look was a long mesh tank paired with pants in both a silver grey material and panels of sleek black which wrapped around the legs of the model. This look was just as modern and beautiful as the first, and I adored each look in between.
Hailing from Montreal, Quebec, Canada; designer Luca Galardo does his city proud. Diodati is a brand that blurs many lines in fashion and gender, and does it beautifully.
photos : Ian Compton
– Tasha Farrington