David Dixon dared to mix politics with fashion on the runway at Toronto Fashion Week, and it worked!
The show started with a video highlighting female inequality in a humorous, yet slightly uncomfortable manner. Clips exposed stigmas about women, such as the misconception that women who are educated are physically unattractive, and that women cannot process information as efficiently as men can. Immediately after the video, the word “Bulls**t” hit the screen. The lights came up and models donning bold red lipstick stoically walked the runway while empowering music, including Beyonce’s “Run The World,” pulsated through the crowd during show – the audience couldn’t help but be won over.
The first half of David Dixon’s collection was geared towards the modern, powerful woman. The lineup included ultra feminine-cut power suits, some of which featured peplum jackets, and long body-conscious wool coats. A standout piece was the stunning black coat with grey print (above).
Evening wear took over the second half of the show, as Dixon showcased a beautiful blue strapless jumpsuit and sexy black and white dresses in simple silhouettes that displayed just the perfect amount of skin. The final piece of the collection, a black cocktail dress featuring a tulle skirt with three dimensional flower appliqués, was breathtaking and gets our vote for most interesting piece on the Dixon runway.
Given the bold theme of the show, one couldn’t help but notice that Dixon refreshingly used models from several different ethnic backgrounds in his show to wear his designs. We approve!
While fashion may not be a cure-all to the world’s problem of female inequality, it certainly is a start. David Dixon’s runway show celebrated women and gave the message that women can run the world and look damn fabulous while doing so.
Story By: Sheetal Nanda | Photography By: George Pimentel/Getty Images for IMG