Posted Jun 14, 2010 in For Her | 0 Comments

Mark Fast

A couple weeks ago a teacher of mine introduced me to the work of a Winnipeg-born knitwear designer Mark Fast. After graduating from Central Saint Martins, Mark Fast has been making a name for himself with his stunning collections, launching his first line in Fall/Winter 2008. Recently he has been making headlines over the use of plus sized models for his Spring 2010 collection, and his refusal to dress Lady Gaga (both of which make him a personal hero of mine); but the cobwebby, body-forming designs he creates are equally newsworthy.

Designing by hand on a domestic knitting machine, he masters the way each garment forms and sculpts the body. The cobweb-like dresses sometimes leave more skin showing then there is fabric, however there is a high level of sophistication and elegance, and the organic shapes and lines only enhance the natural beauty of the body. Veering far away from the mainstream and mass-produced, his main line cannot be made in factories. The state of the art knitting machines he uses and innovative techniques make him a master artisan, as well as helping to push fashion forward and rethink the way we look at knitwear.

Mark Fast has collaborated with London knitwear designer Bora Aksu for three seasons, done collaborations with TopShop, Stuart Vevers for Loewe (Autumn Winter 2009), and is currently working with Christian Louboutin for shoes for the Spring Summer 2010 collection. He has also launched a signature collection called Faster by Mark Fast: Think haute couture American Apparel.  In Canada, his designs can be found at Holt Renfrew in Toronto.

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