THE BITE: An amuse-bouche of fashion news

You oughta be in pictures…Story by Anne Pringle.

Lagerfeld retrospective
This September in Paris will be all about fashion, with the usual much-anticipated Fashion Week, and a choicely timed photography exhibit of Karl Lagerfeld’s photography. The exhibition will be held at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie, and will showcase Lagerfeld’s snaps from his editorial days at Harper’s Bazaar andVogue to his ad campaigns for Chanel and Fendi. The exhibition runs from September 10 to October 15. (Vogue UK)

Lezark’s fashion connections
DKNY has had some pretty iconic women fronting their ads, including Alexa Chung and Daisy Lowe. The newest face of the brand will be Leigh Lezark, the American DJ-turned model, who will appear in the label’s Fall/Winter 2010 campaign. Lezark, the founder of New York-based DJ group the Misshapes, appears in “personal snapshot” style photos for the campaign, capturing her and friends in action. Lezark is also the face of Moon, the new line that launched at the Bay last week (stay tuned for our pics and report from the event!) (Vogue UK)

Zero waste fashion
Many fashion brands have gone green by using more sustainable packaging and improving transportation efficiency—but that’s just the “vegetarian” eco option. The latest and more extreme trend (the “raw-food vegan” eco option) is now known as zero waste fashion. The aim: For there to be not a scrap of material left over on the cutting room floor, eliminating what amounts to literally tons of garbage a year. Parsons, the New York design school, is even offering the world’s first fashion course in zero waste this fall. (New York Times)

DVF powers ahead
Is there anything Diane Von Furstenberg doesn’t do? We’ve told you about her clothes for New York’s Radio City Rockettes, her hotel room decor at London’s Claridge’s, and her design of a BMW Mini for charity. Her latest project is perhaps the most unexpected yet: She has collaborated with the Cleveland Clinic to create hospital gowns. DVF tweeted that the team had worked hard on the gowns and they hoped they “will make patients happier!” (Fashionista)

THE BITE: An amuse-bouche of fashion news

Wrap dresses at Radio City? The Rockettes meet DVF. Story by Anne Pringle.

Rock out
Diane von Furstenberg has been branching out lately: From launching her home line to designing rooms at London’s Claridge hotel, the designer has had a busy season. Now DVF will add another (and perhaps less conventional) project to the list: Designing outfits for New York’s Radio City Rockettes. (Fashionista)

Fashion crime
Some countries take such a strong stance on certain styles that they actually become government enforced—like the ancient Parisian law that women were prohibited to wear pants, or the new one in Iran banning mullets. Anyone in Iran sporting a mullet may now actually be arrested. Gives new meaning to “fashion crime”, doesn’t it? (NY Mag)

White is the new green
Why is high-end L.A. retailer Fred Segal partnering with Akomplice to sell and promote a Paint Project? To help raise awareness about energy consumption and being environmentally friendly! Apparently, if everyone painted their roofs white, the sun’s rays would reflect off them instead of being absorbed, thus significantly cutting cooling costs (not to mention the energy spent on the cooling). The energy saved would be comparable to taking every car in the world off the road for 11 years. Go white to go green. (Fashionista)

Honourary rose
This year’s Hampton Court Palace Flower show in England has some special significance in the fashion world. “Alexander’s Issie” was revealed: a coral-coloured floribunda rose specially selected by Alexander McQueen in honour of his late mentor and fashion icon Isabella Blow. (Style File)

FASHION WEEK: Thumbs down

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.


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