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…

DOLL PARTS

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.

—Laura

RED-FACED SNAPPERS

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.

—Emily

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IZMA, FALL 2010

All photography by Natalie Castellino.

Official LG Fashion Week kicked off on Sunday night with IZMA, a new line from designer Izzy Camilleri and Adrian Mainella, who is best-known as a stylist and TV host. The show drew a strong line in the fashion sand. As on the international Fall 2010 runways, IZMA declared that fur is back with a vengeance. Continue reading