Toronto ON, April 24 – The L’uomo Stranno runway show at Toronto’s FAT Art & Fashion Week started with a man stepping out and lying on a coffin-like white table. He was dressed in a black cape, it’s long draping fabric spilling onto the floor. Each model walked out one by one and laid white roses on the deceased, then glided down the runway with the pace of a funeral march.
The first model came out all dark and moody: a caped hooded cloak trailed behind him in a wave of fabric. Heavy metal chains hung from his neck and he wore a long skirt to match the hood that was wide and streaming like a river. The pieces were structural in nature and there was a noticeable amount of skill behind the needle of designer Mic. Carter’s creations.
The next model’s hooded silky cloak was paired with matching pants. The pieces glistened and shimmered due to the material, yet had a sharp architectural style. The third cloaked model was draped in a soft, fuzzy, mesh material which hugged the model’s torso and draped close to the body from his head all the way to the floor.
A noticeable feature was that the models were all adorned with wigs, which played up the androgyny of the collection. I was, admittedly, more in love with the darker pieces. Much of the collection might be more at home in an art gallery then your closet, though the flowing dark fabrics and hooded cloaks stayed in my mind, making the collection stand out.
I look forward to seeing what comes next for L’uomo Strano, the first taste was divine.
photos : Ian Compton
– Tasha Farrington