Of the seventeen designers who showed, three collections really stood out. Elizabeth Chan and Jocelyn Fong presented a surprisingly luxe collection made with purely salvaged materials. Military-inspired hardware and rich, saturated colors gave a sophisticated feel while clever accessories (a bag for example, was made with a metal dishrack-turned-cuff) lightened the mood.
Kelsey Johnson presented a series of looks that injected everyday objects such as shopping bags and candy wrappers with a whimsy reminiscent of Viktor & Rolf.
Paul Tran ended the show with an avant-garde collection of sculpted paper, armored hip-plats, and structured bustiers that were decoupaged with fashion editorials and ads; a literal celebration of fashion in all its forms. Tran's garments were a fitting end to a show that gets better every year.
Overall, the aesthetic drew upon old-school glamor; strong, feminine silhouettes that played with proportion, texture and color. We can't wait to see what FAST has in store for the future! More pictures on the BARE blog over the next week from the event.
--Marcus Leung and Connie Wang
Image credit: Jack Wang and Kelvin Lin