Toronto ON, April 25 – Artifice is always one of my favorite shows at Toronto’s FAT Art & Fashion Week! Their corsets of succulent PVC were infused with lace and faux furs this year. The collection was all shiny and matte black on black, with the final piece a striking red ensemble.
The first model stepped out onto the runway with a headpiece by Posh Fairytale Couture, a mask of beads and lace covered her face and blackness fanned out around and above her face. She was dressed in a clear PVC and black lace jacket, matching panties, garter, and peplum belt holding it all together.
artifice is no stranger to the FAT runways, and each year the collection is one of the highlights. Their dark fetish fashion looks are a classic in the subculture scene in Toronto and around the world. I loved all the matte black PVC and soft faux furs seen in the collection. The looks were reminiscent of eras past, though with modern twists featuring materials like matte PVC, snakeskin textured PVC, and faux fur which gives the whole collection a decadent presence.
The last outfit, and showstopper of the collection, is an all red lace and clear PVC ensemble. A slimming overbust corset and matching pantie with ruffle details is accessorized with red faux fur at the shoulders. The model’s own red hair blends into the horns, bone, and cage-like design of the final headpiece.
Designer Emily Rishea creates timeless pieces out of modern day materials, her collections are always a crowd favorite, and this year was only enhanced by her collaboration with Posh Fairytale Couture designer Rachel Sigmon. They showed us a darker fairy tale, where the evil queens and wicked witches are a lot more fun to play with then the hapless princess ever could be.
photos : Ian Compton
– Tasha Farrington