Overall, The Style Notebook team thoroughly enjoyed Fashion Week. The collections were strong and the crowd was fun. (Read our thumbs up here.) But we didn’t love everything…
What sly mind first put forth the idea that Barbie is a style icon? An icon of childhood, sure, of feminist ire, absolutely, but of fashion? It isn’t just the Toronto scene who has fallen under Barbie’s perfectly proportioned spell—last year to celebrate her 50th anniversary, 50 American designers (Michael Kors and Diane von Furstenberg among them) created outfits inspired by her singular influence. This season at the Toronto shows, in addition to a (good) collection inspired by Barbie and created by David Dixon, there was an eight-foot-tall, hot pink box in which you could pose as if you were Barbie herself. And people did.
We love technology (we are on the interwebs after all) but just because everyone has a rad digital camera and a blog does not make it cool for audience members to be flashing away at their favourite looks. It’s distracting and likely a pain for the photographers in the pit. A little etiquette s’il vous plait—we may be at the Ex but Fashion Week is not a carnival.
When we first saw a fur pencil skirt on the Michael Kors Fall 2010 runway, a few issues came to mind—namely sweaty legs, matted fur, shedding on one’s own clothing and the fact that there is a distinct risk of looking like a toilet brush. After seeing the look again at IZMA, Pink Tartan and Joe Fresh we’re crossing our fingers that the “sophisticated cavewoman” look does not get off the ground come fall.
HEARING “I LOVE YOUR LOOK”
Frankly I dress the way I do because I like what I’m wearing. If I was going for a “look” I’d be a carbon copy. At least I didn’t hear: “You look great, just like him and him.”
The CNE may have its charms, but convenience is not one of them. At the end of each night, the sweet after-taste of the shows inevitably soured in the unruly hunt for a taxi. With gift bags flapping behind them, women in four-inch heels cantered the length of Princes Boulevard, trying to flag down a Beck. Someone should start a “Bring it back to Nathan Phillips Square” campaign. Who’s with me?
THE NEED FOR THIS PETITION
A petition was making the rounds backstage—the models were justifiably angry that the organizers of Fashion Week don’t provide any food for them. (After all, some of them are on-site for more than 12 hours a day!) Why worry about the plus-size model issue when there is no food in the first place? Read more about the controversy from a model’s perspective here.
Photograph by Natalie Castellino.