toronto fashion week: miz by izzy camilleri

(images via front row mag)

so the story of the moment is that while we still have a good number of new fashion shows to get to, i’d ideally like to finish out our discussions of some of those that have since closed and which we’ve not yet had the opportunity to wrap up ourselves, so let’s try to do that now, yes? anyway, we’ve not as yet checked out the work of miz by izzy camilleri, and while the name might be a little ‘meh’ to you, as it was to me, i was thoroughly impressed by the designer’s a/w 2013 exhibition at toronto fashion week.

as there’s something definitely linking the toronto-ites to the 1960’s, and as joe fresh opted to forgo that this season, someone had to step into those shoes, and that someone was, of course, miz, with an aesthetic that also rather reminded me of the japanese label a degree fahrenheit’s (エー ディグリー ファーレンハイト) a/w 2013 range, and which similarly featured some older models (in a rather awesome turn), which was quite fitting, as these girls were the ones (appropriately enough) for whom the clothes were intended (what a concept!).

as a bit of background on the subject, the designer explained to the site it’s all style to me that “I created the MIZ collection because I feel there is a void in truly fashionable apparel that is made specifically for boomer-aged women. Being 50 or 60 isn’t the same as it was 40 years ago; these women are sexy, beautiful and stylish – they don’t try to look 25. They are happy and confident so I designed a line with these women in mind with pieces that are really well-made and affordable.” but! interestingly enough, i do think there were plenty of pieces that could appeal to women of basically any age, which was a good thing in that, as well.

“Drawing inspiration from the 1960′s, the numbers were fitted yet elegant and included pencil skirts, jumpsuits and capes of all shapes and sizes,” explained the canadian site style empire. The palette was very neutral and included mainly grey, camel and black but Camilleri created texture with fabrics such as faux leather, printed chiffon, fur and brocade,” as the blog the brunettes seemingly agreed with me as they wrote that “(t)his sophisticated womenswear line transcended generations and featured mature and timeless garments with a modern edge.”

meanwhile, according to the ottawa citizen, “(l)adylike looks coloured the runway return of Izzy Camilleri as the Toronto-based designer featured slick, well-tailored separates conjuring visions of 50s and 60s-era fashions. With their bouffant hairstyles accented by black bandeaus, models walked the darkened runway dotted with spotlights in cocoon coats and capelets, pencil skirts, jersey dresses and sleeveless jumpers. Steeped largely in grey, black and white with splashes of camel and chocolate brown, the collection largely showcasing monochromatic with the occasional infusions of striking patterns, from shell tops and cropped pants in houndstooth to bold snakesprint.”

less impressed was the toronto-based post city, arguing that “the collection as a whole lacked pop, and the houndstooth and animal prints felt like safe fallbacks for middle-aged women. We expected a bit more swagger from the designer who landed one of her furs in The Devil Wears Prada,” while on the other hand, front row mag chirped that “(b)lack and white houndstooth, proper lady’s frocks, mixing metallic gold sequins with cool wool camel pieces, and an age and ethnicity diverse casting, all made for a fabulous opening show…By adding touches of tough, faux leather and fur, as well as fashioning capelets onto very proper dresses, Camilleri, who has been designing for almost 30 years, achieved her goal, and then some.”

then, finally, the toronto standard offered that “Camilleri gave a nod to mod, showing mostly black and white clothing peppered with houndstooth patterns…It was the ideal wardrobe for Tippi Hedren in The Birds, if she had a penchant for leather paneling. The collection featured plenty of tuxedo pants, boxy shift dresses and luscious curve-defining pencil skirts…Capes were a mainstay, coming through in all shapes and sizes. The most ingenious details of the whole collection were sleeves designed to look like mini capes. The full monty cape was an exaggerated full-length number in a silvery brocade fabric, paired with matching trousers. Camilleri is an expert in outerwear: all the flashbulbs in the photography pit went nuts over a very mod black swing coat with a single row of exaggerated buttons.”

(view the full fashion show video here)

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