Eurotrash usually blogs in the a.m., but a tims iced coffee (her new drink) has fuelled her to stay up just a little while longer to bring her readers the freshest of updates from Toronto’s LG Fashion Week. She really thought it best to stay home and skip the first show a cause de rain and clouds, but when she read up on IZMA, whose collection was chosen to open the week, she quickly got dressed and found herself driving down Strachan anxious to see lots and lots of fur.
Who would’ve thought Toronto was so posh? She walked into the Allstream Centre and immediately found herself on a red carpet having her picture snapped by some paparazzi (or a keener first-time photographer…whatever). The huge reception room was bustling with honestly, the best dressed people in the city, and all these kiosks handing out swag. Chandeliers, Jeanne Beker, models hired to pose and drink champagne, a swank bar with swank men popping up in all directions – what more could a eurotrash girl ask for on her first night? I have to admit, at times I was forced to remind myself that I was here for the clothes and not to gawk at impeccably dressed men who were gorgeousness and gorgeosity made flesh!
Yes, on to the clothing. Esteemed Canadian designer, Izzy Camilleri and fashion renaissance man, Adrian Mainella, are the two parts that make up IZMA. Tonight eurotrash was privy to the debut collection of Canadian wild furs and it was absolutely stunning. You know when you watch Fashion Television and the runway shows just look so glamourous you almost think to yourself: oh, it’s just like that cuz it’s on TV, it must not really be so glamourous from the front row. Hate to break it to all of you out there in denial (I certainly was – until tonight): a fashion show is actually 100 times more glamorous in real life. Every single piece looks absolutely perfect! I really don’t know how anyone could berate a collection they get to see on the runway; it could also be, though, that I am still very much a fashion show virgin. Oh how I dread the day when I’ll have something bad to say about a runway show!
My favorite pieces were the puffed-sleeve, cropped fur jacket, the kangaroo-pouch men’s fur shawl, the leather tuxedo with fur top underneath and the draped fur shawl with midriff showing and high waisted pant. The show had an overall feel of bare naked bodies, milky white porcelain and smooth chocolatey skin, and gently tousled hair contrasted by large, and at times, swaddling, fur pieces and cool crisp leather. It was like adam and eve running out into the Canadian tundra and finding not leaves, but IZMA’s fall collection with which to cover their innocence.