FAT Toronto ON, April 23 – Alexandra De Francesco, the fashion designer and textile artist behind Asphyxia showed her latest collection at Toronto’s Arts and Fashion Week known as FAT. Since 2010 she has been showing her artful solo creations at FAT. This year’s collection was entitled Blush & Alabaster, a collection of twelve dresses, each their own mini artworks.
Theatrical wigs crafted by Faye Castro helped in creating the feeling of a Victorian dream, with lots of roses in bird cages and birds and butterflies in the hair which brought a sense of whimsy.
A parade of lace, feather, silks, furs, and sheers came down the runway. The surprising factor might have been just how much softer cremes, pinks, and beige’s were incorporated into this years collection. Though there was still quite a bit of De Franceso’s use of black mixed with oranges, burgundys, wines, and purples. The show closing had a stunning cage skirt with roses and a black feather plumage caged top with lace paneling, this was stripped away to reveal a two piece lingerie set in soft cream and rose pink was the right piece to close the show, making it a memorable collection to start the week off right.
Overall the looks had a much more burlesque feel then past collections, being very playful in nature with a definite sexual tease factor.
photos : Ian Compton
– Tasha Farrington