A fashion bromance of sorts at Mark Fast and Mikhael Kale’s Rogue Fashion Week showcase
Rogue Fashion Week continued last night as Mark Fast, the Canadian-born, Britain-based designer (widely known for his early penchant for plus size models) showed his barely there knit pieces with fellow Canadian Mikhael Kale. The location was the still-unfinished Trump International Tower, a fact organizers poked fun at by handing out souvenir Trump-branded hard hats on entry (we worried the unforgiving head wear would muss some of the blowouts, but pretty much no one ended up wearing the hats).
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As a preamble to the two widely anticipated shows, the fashion world turned to Jeanne Beker, who moderated a panel discussion about the ex-pat designers. Among the hot-button topics: how great it must be to be a designer in London (spoiler: it’s great). When asked why they were showing together, Kale joked that he met Fast during the summer and “it’s been love ever since.” A fashion world bromance!
Both are renowned for their revealing looks designs. Kale showed a collection of fetish-inspired dresses with revealing, oversized cut-out details—women with more than 10 per cent body fat would be advised to stay away, lest they look like a roast beef tied with string—while Fast showed his infamous racy knits. Breasts were on display everywhere, from Kale’s leather jacket worn on its own to a variety of cut-out options seen as the thread of this, surprisingly, not Northbound Leather–sponsored soiree.
Some of our favourites included Kale’s glossy silk tweed leggings and Fast’s bright orange mohair mini (the only colour in a sea of black and ivory). Fortunately, Toronto’s fashion elites weren’t all preoccupied with their cellphones, as Fast’s finale floor-length gown managed to generate a gasp from a fashion lover. The dress also silenced a baby girl in the front row. She was not available for comment, so we’re just going to assume that she is the new Style Rookie.