Toronto, MARCH 11 2015 – Taking inspiration from the last Czar of Russia and the opulence of the Romanov family, veteran Canadian designer Farley Chatto will be showcasing his “Czar Nicholas II Collection” at Toronto’s World MasterCard Fashion Week. The collection, with key sponsorship by NAFA (North American Fur Association) and World MasterCard Fashion Week, will debut at the tents on Thursday, March 26 at 7 p.m.
“I was incredibly inspired by the luxurious life that the Romanovs led,” explains Chatto. “Their love of fur and the artistry and beauty of the Russian Imperial Collection of Faberge eggs influenced a lot of the textures, colours and silhouettes seen in my collection this season.”
With lavish outerwear and accessories for men and women, Chatto’s designs are made exclusively with Origin Assured furs, which indicates that they are sustainably produced in countries where they are governing regulations surrounding the fur industry. The majority of the furs used by Chatto are from species native to Canada, where the Ministry of Natural Resources maintains the responsibility of the fur trade by establishing controlled seasons for hunting and trapping, as well as enforcing strict quotas to prevent over-harvesting. Owing to Canada’s progressive trapping standards, Canadian trappers have been instrumental in nurturing the desecrated habitats of various fur-bearing species. Interestingly, trappers occupy a unique position on the “front lines” of nature and are often the first to sound the alarm if the delicate environmental balance is upset. Their conservational rigour has succeeded in maintaining fur as a sustainable natural resource in Canada.
The furs used in the collection combine elements that are both luxurious – minks, silver foxes, sables and chinchillas, and wild – beavers, lynxes, coyotes and racoons. With a colour palette of imperial red, military navy, army olive, dress black and coronation whites, the influence of the wardrobe of the Czar in Imperial Russia rings true throughout each piece. The silhouettes ooze drama with long and flowing cuts, mirroring gowns worn by the Czarina and military overcoats worn by Czar Nicholas II.
Chatto’s eponymous line of furs is significant because it marries contemporary Canadian fashion to the rich, cultural history of both Russia and Canada, right on the catwalk. Fur was used both as a defense from harsh winter weather, as well as a means of industry to aid development in both countries.
“I truly believe in honouring the tradition of the art of being a furrier, and have been able to marry contemporary design with the historical techniques I have learned through my relationships with master craftsmen in the industry,” says Chatto. “One of my favourite elements about fur is its timelessness that comes through investment dressing. It allows for the passing of a heritage from one generation to another.”
To celebrate fur and the display of Canadian talent at World MasterCard Fashion Week, Chatto will be hosting a contest held over social media, with the winner taking home custom-designed silver fox scarf worth $2,000. To enter, simply post a selfie wearing your fur, using the hashtag #FurtasticChatto. Those attending Chatto’s show can use the #Furtastic background to pose for their selfie. A winner will be announced an hour after the last show on Friday, March 27.
ABOUT FARLEY CHATTO
Farley Chatto is a Toronto-based designer with a global clientele who is renowned for his eponymous line of haute couture menswear launched in 1988. Over the course of more than 27 years in the fashion and design industry, he has dressed such notable celebrities as Sarah Jessica Parker, Chris Noth, Laurence Fishbourne, Drake, Elton John, and George Clooney. Chatto has also amassed an impressive list of corporate clients, including MAC Cosmetics, Virgin, Barbie, Veuve Clicquot, Louis Vuitton and Target Canada. In addition to his corporate work and his label, Chatto has provided costumes for the Toronto cast of the hit Broadway musical The Producers and for Canadian Idol, as well as for the cast of the television series, Hannibal & Strain. Chatto teaches at Ryerson University and the Toronto Film School (nee The Academy) in Toronto and he is also the in-house designer at Four Seasons Fur Co. where he works with customers to design and develop their furs.
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