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A look from Allistyle
Toronto Fashion Week just wrapped up, but one local writer is railing against what he sees as sizeism and snobbishness in the industry following an outbreak of giggles at a plus-size fashion show. Kevin Naulls, a writer for the Toronto Standard, said that he had a bad experience while attending the show for Allistyle, a Canadian plus-sized line. He says that people at the show were rude, dismissive, and even laughing at the models.
No, the clothes weren't couture, but the show was special. It was a platform for plus-size fashion in Canada, and it was an outlet for the designer Pam Shainhouse. Shainhouse started the company in 2006 because her daughter Alli was suffering from Hodgkin's Lymphoma that made her weight fluctuate. Alli has since passed away, and her legacy lives on at Toronto Fashion Week. Except, for some of the front row at this packed show, it was a joke. One gentleman spent the entire show laughing and hiding his face from the photo pit with his line sheet, while others exchanged barbs privately and cackled audibly. Even four different people were overheard talking about how poorly the women walked because they were bigger women on high heels. Jesus.
Kevin's post, which went up on Monday, has 48 comments on the Toronto Standard's website. While most were positive and agreed with Kevin's righteous fury, a few wished that a woman had written the piece. Others didn't appreciate all "fashion people" being tarred with the same brush just because a couple of jerks couldn't behave themselves. There were also multiple requests for Kevin to name names and tell everyone who the laughers were.
Well, at least nobody got slapped in the face at that show.
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