2019 is off to a great start with new and exciting events descending on The 6ix! The first ever Fashion Arts Music (F.A.M.) Festival was held at the cool Airship 37 venue last week and brought together designers, models, photographers, musicians, make-up artists, art lovers, networkers…and of course, the stylish crowd.
The brainchild of Walter Barubek (pictured below), Managing Director of All-Risks Insurance, the three-day extravaganza came together in less than three months. According to Mr. Barubek, a self-confessed patron of the arts, the production was a confluence of all things he enjoys and provided an opportunity to collaborate with sponsors and artists alike in a celebration of all forms of art.
The affair included an art exhibit curated by Angela Kim, Latin dance lessons and performances by local musical talents. Day two featured a fashion show produced by Rashi Bindra of Pearls & Sequence with emcee for the evening Your DJ TNT/ Your Host Sethi music by Freshly Diced wearing a design by Rhowan James.
The show opened with a musical performance by singer and songwriter KLA whose music hopes to inspire young women and children around the world.
Multiple designers showcased their collections during the course of the evening. The evening started off with a sustainably made line by designer Cassandra Elizabeth that could only be described as genderless, seasonless and ageless.
One of the highlights included the ever classy and impressive menswear designer Rhowan James. His collection of cool, yet elegant ensembles included navy inspired suiting, bomber style jackets that could transition easily between daily activities to evening social occasions and athleisure.
Jewelry designer Highkey Lowkey combines the concept of wearing ethnic-inspired jewelry with western clothing. Models dressed in sexy sophisticated club wear donned statement necklaces, head pieces and earrings suggestive of the Mughal era.
Custom menswear designer Mr. Kaizen and ladieswear design house Kara Louise Collection teamed up to present a segment that stirred guests by the refinement and polish of the combined collections.
The grand finale of the show was a dazzling collection of evening wear presented by Ray Jake Carino of design brand Ekaj. Luxurious dresses, gowns and two-piece outfits embellished with sequins, embroidery, beading and jewels captivated the audience and provided a dramatic end to the evening.
Guests were able to mingle and network after the show. Attendees included fashion lovers, media and PR professionals and supporters of the arts in Toronto.
Sponsors included: Tridel and Century 21, Grace Paulino of Graceful Network and Angelita Kusteri & Rio B of Ace X Spades.
Congratulations to Walter Barubek and Rashi Bindra for producing a memorable evening!
Photo Credits: Anish Bhavsar, Kit Chan (BatChan Media), Zabin Dhanji