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Toronto fashion week begins with the fur-heavy Izma show

(Image: Jenna Marie Wakani)

Toronto’s official LG Fashion Week began last night at the Allstream Centre on the CNE grounds. Despite the rain and Sunday evening start time, Suzanne Rogers, Ainsley Kerr, Jeremy Laing, Joe and Kimberley Newport-Mimran et al. showed up to see the first collection from Izma—a fur-focused line from designer Izzy Camilleri (who famously designed a fox coat for Meryl Streep’s character in The Devil Wears Prada) and Adrian Mainella, former host of Fashion File.

These furs aren’t the kind of pieces Cruella DeVil would covet. The pelts are from the North American Fur Association, a group that uses the furs of non-endangered species acquired from licensed trappers, who use a quota system to assist with wildlife control. The runway looks presented every imaginable use of fur—messenger bags, capes, shawls, skirts, sweaters, and a sheer dress with fur floret details. We were struck by the lightness of the material as it billowed with the models’ strides down the catwalk.

See the full collection in the slide show below >>