We're in the final strides to the start of Arts and Fashion Week
(April 24-28). We can't believe it's already happening next week! Jewellery designer, Gardé Del Avante, showcases for the second year in a row, and it'll be a solo presentation this time around. We get a glimpse at what to expect for her show at FAT. Read our previous feature with INNA, here
Gardé Del Avante
Runway: April 27th (FUTUREscapes)
Ukamaku: How does FAT differ from any other fashion shows you’ve shown at (e.g. Boston Fashion Week)?
Gardé Del Avante: Well, for starters, FAT marks the very first fashion show ever, whereby Gardé Del Avante will be showcased as a solo act in Toronto. Besides my collaboration with Rachel Sin last year, my participation this year will mark as my first time ever, debuting my artwork in Toronto as a solo act on a magnitude of this level. Furthermore, what I love about FAT and believes separates it from most fashion shows, is that it allows designers such as myself to be fearless. Going into FAT, it’s kind of expected that the designs you will be seeing on the runway, for the most part, will have a “non-traditional” or avant garde approach to its design aesthetic. FAT to me, embodies similar belief systems that are important to me, and most importantly, to my brand…that is, “dare to be different”.
U: We saw you collaborate with Rachel Sin on the runway last year, how was that?
GDA: It was such a great opportunity and honour working alongside Rachel Sin, who is such a great designer/talent.
U: Without giving away too much, what can we expect to see at FAT?
GDA: This year’s Haute Couture Collection entitled, KSI, will be entirely new, which will be making its official debut at FAT. This collection is very promising, as it shows a lot of growth on my end as an up and coming designer.
U: This year’s theme is fashionSCAPES, which mirrors the notion of landscapes, with four distinct sub-groups (land, city, body, and future). How does your collection reflect FUTURE?
GDA: Well, to begin – anyone who is familiar with my brand/aesthetic, knows that Gardé Del Avante’s ultimate goal is to always go against the grain and create thought-provoking creations, which inevitably challenge the wearer to reconsider what is traditionally considered, the “norm”. Having said that, when one strives to be different, it inevitably propels this idea of forward thinking. The KSI collection specifically takes elements of traditional ways of assembling African inspired jewelry, but fuses it with new applications and materials, which transcends from a very unique point of view. Our abstract, left winged, dare to be different approach, is what keeps us ahead.
U: How will this year’s show differ from last year’s in terms of preparing and putting on a show?
GDA: This time around, I have full creative control, which is so important when trying to create and build a brand, as well as a name for yourself. Opposed to last year, now every choice/decision I make, falls on me. There is no deliberation, just me.
U: What is the inspiration behind the collection?
GDA: Ghana, as KSI, short for Kumasi (a city in Ghana, Africa) pays homage to my Ghanaian roots – but from a futuristic point of view. Being raised in a very traditional Ghanaian household, I wanted to merge both worlds that have been such a major influence on this new collection; tradition and evolution.
U: When will the collection be available?
GDA: The 2012 Signature collection entitled, Ashanti, is the ready to wear collection, which will be available for purchase in May.
Tickets and passes can be purchased online at http://fashionarttoronto.ca/