TORONTO--It was a warm homecoming for Canadian designer Mark Fast who presented his Fall/Winter 2011 collection, which originally walked the runway at London Fashion Week, for the first time on Canadian soil after six successful seasons abroad. Fast and Toronto-based designer Mikhael Kale shared the runway inside the intimate and unfinished ballroom of Toronto's soon-to-be Trump Tower.
Twisting the usual fashion routine, the show opened with a casual chat between the two designers and Jeanne Beker, host of Fashion Television. When asked how the idea for the runway show came to be, Kale expressed the genuine camaraderie amongst Canadian designers and the natural partnership between friends.
As the music turned to full blast, Kale opened the show with a series of rock glam looks enriched with leather separates and ornate rosette details. Known for his evening wear, Kale exercised his talents and focused on elaborate trains and cut-out details that added risk to the muted palette.
In a similar tone, Fast presented his intricate line of knitwear paired with a range of leather designs in collaboration with Canadian label, Danier. The partnership between Fast and the leather manufacture was just one of many the designer has embarked on since his debut in London, including: Christian Louboutin, Pinko, Swarovski and Topshop.
For Fast, this was truly a special moment: "It's great to be back in Canada. I've wanted to show here ever since I started studying here."
Photos by Felix Wong.