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Is this too feminine for Toronto Men's Fashion Week?

Posted by Natalia Manzocco / August 13, 2014

mens fashion week torontoToronto's first-ever men's fashion week, TOM*FW, got underway last night at the Fairmont Royal York, featuring collections from local menswear luminaries like Benji WZW and Christopher Bates. One up-and-coming designer who won't be showing: Mic Carter, whose L'Uomo Strano line was set to kick off the second night of shows.

According to Carter, who's previously shown his line at FAT and other Toronto events, his line was pulled at the eleventh hour by TOM staff due to concerns that L'Uomo Strano's signature androgynous aesthetic would not be masculine enough to be a fit for the event.

"I've been removed from the Toronto Men's Fashion Week schedule due to their concern that the line is too femme/androgynous," he wrote on the line's Facebook page, adding he was "pretty disappointed". Writer Kevin Naulls originally reported that TOM staff feared that media would ask if designers were "presenting womenswear" at Toronto's men's fashion week, then began suggesting changes to existing looks, like adding army boots.

At the event's opening night Tuesday, executive director Jeff Rustia confirmed Carter's collection would no longer be appearing, but said the decision had to do with the workmanship and quality of the line. He added the event, which was set to be attended by members of the international fashion media, was about putting the city's best foot forward.

Rustia also said he personally identifies as a member of the LGBT community, and that androgyny doesn't run counter to the spirit of the event, pointing to finalists in the fashion week's EMDA competition as examples.

One thing's certain: Carter won't be showing his collection as planned at TOM, and though the fashion week doesn't charge its designers runway fees - a reality at many other fashion events - the fledgling designer is still out approximately $10,000 in production costs for his as-yet-unseen line.



BEach / August 13, 2014 at 09:14 am
If I saw someone on the street wearing that, not only would they look like a complete fool. I would point and laugh at them and make sure they feel like a complete fool.
S / August 13, 2014 at 09:21 am
It is ugly - regardless of if it worn by a male or a female. HOWEVER, I don't believe it should've been pulled. Remove it because it's ugly, not because it doesn't fit an alpha male mold.
Bazinga / August 13, 2014 at 09:32 am
Nice - maternity clothes for men. Tres fashionable
Steve / August 13, 2014 at 09:44 am
It's a fashion show, it does not necessarily represent reality in wearable fashion. This sounds like some kind off hissy fit. Sent them off to their rooms.
Josh / August 13, 2014 at 09:45 am
This looks like a classic he says / she says dispute. Though taking one look at his clothes - they do look amateurish and poorly finished. Beyond that - the line is called 'Beyond-cé' - which should be reason enough to can it.
J replying to a comment from BEach / August 13, 2014 at 09:50 am
"Point and laugh at them to make sure they feel like a fool"?? REALLY? You clearly have proven yourself to be the fool. As for the other comments in this section, it's sad to see how close-minded and achingly common some people in this city.
Florencia / August 13, 2014 at 09:51 am
Anyone who knows anything about fashion knows that androgyny is in. As for the comment above, fashion weeks are not about displaying the latest sale at Sears, it's about showcasing the best talent in fashion art and design.
KevinN / August 13, 2014 at 09:53 am
What the hell does being part of the LGBT community have anything to do with anything? I saw him on a news reports speaking about this event. Useless piece of information coming from him.
KevinN replying to a comment from Steve / August 13, 2014 at 09:54 am
That is correct. Nothing on fashion show runways are meant to be worn on the streets. Albeit some do make it into production.
AndyHelms / August 13, 2014 at 09:57 am
Is it hideous? Absolutely. But fashion shows are always heightened reality anyways. Its Toronto "Men's" fashion week, not Toronto "Masculine" Fashion Week. It's worn by a man. That's about the only qualifier that matters here.
Jan / August 13, 2014 at 10:11 am
"If I saw someone on the street wearing that, not only would they look like a complete fool. I would point and laugh at them and make sure they feel like a complete fool."

Including punctuation and grammar, this comment is triply ignorant. What you are looking at is not for doing your groceries in, it's a piece of art that you wear when you want to make a statement and be gawked at. What you're seeing is less comparable to George by Walmart than to The Scream by Munch.

"It is ugly - regardless of if it worn by a male or a female. HOWEVER, I don't believe it should've been pulled. Remove it because it's ugly, not because it doesn't fit an alpha male mold."

Another poorly written comment filled with ignorance. Listen, you don't walk into a gallery, declare the art is ugly and unilaterally demand the gallery discard it because it doesn't happen to tickle your fancy. People have different likes and dislikes. You'd think that by the time you reach the point in your life when you can write comments on the internet you would have gotten used to the fact that other aesthetic cultures exist. You might as well fly to Saudi Arabia, find the largest mosque and widely proclaim that thawbs look stupid and that they should get with the program, that is, your program.

I won't even bother with the other stupid comments. It's like I've walked into a den of insecure haters.
Gordon Gartrell / August 13, 2014 at 10:34 am
WOW Is that the Gordon Gartell shirt THEO wore on the Cosby Show?
S replying to a comment from Jan / August 13, 2014 at 10:42 am
Enlighten me: do art galleries have standards and curate their collections accordingly or do they accept anything and everything submitted to them? And thanks for the tip, I didn't realize rain poncho w/ a collar was a cultural thing.
BAHAHAH replying to a comment from Jan / August 13, 2014 at 10:44 am
Let's just call everything "ART" these days.
My dog s#it on your doorstep, Its ART.
Don't remove it because it doesn't tickle your fancy.

The excuse of this is "ART" is getting out of hand. This is not art, It is someone with a bit too much fabric, thread and a sewing machine gone crazy.

I call it how I see it. That my friend is just pure ugly. Something that should be used to punish someone.

I do not shop at Walmart and have a pretty good understanding of the fashion world. This is just terrible and I fully agree with it being taken out of the show.

Dogma / August 13, 2014 at 11:14 am
I think this is my favourite line from the story: "TOM staff feared that media would ask if designers were "presenting womenswear" at Toronto's men's fashion week, then began suggesting changes to existing looks, like adding army boots."

Because, really, there is no problem that can't be solved through the judicious application of army boots.
Strangis / August 13, 2014 at 11:36 am
Though I'd like to see an official comment from the organizers, even if the reason is true, I'd agree with them.

If the linked "Beyond-ce" line is what was going to be presented, then there's nothing androgynous about the designs themselves.

To go to a less high-fashion place... a man wearing a woman's bikini doesn't change one's perception of the bikini itself, but the perception of the wearer, and that perception is also altered by the context of the scenario in which it's presented.

I would argue that out of the whole "Beyond-ce" line (cheesy name BTW), only one piece strikes me as something more thoughtful than simply putting men in women's clothing.

That doesn't make the designs themselves complete failures, but certainly a failure in the context of the show in question.
Boycott TOM*FW! / August 13, 2014 at 11:52 am
Boycott TOM*FW!

John / August 13, 2014 at 12:46 pm
I'm gonna go out on a line here - but perhaps the actual answer is the designs are not up to par. There's far too much coddling today - and I have a feeling they were trying to let him down easy by calling his work too 'androgynous'. Honestly, most of the line looks like guys who got stuck in drapes.

Art is to be critiqued replying to a comment from Jan / August 13, 2014 at 01:07 pm
Jan seems like your insecure in the fact that you like something that some others don't. Art is to be critiqued, and if this clothing is art let others speak their opinions on it, that's why there is a comments section here.

You'd think if your wise old age you'd know better to point fingers at the comments of others. Maybe others they haven't yet reached the enlightened state that you have. Is that wrong? Should they not be allowed to grow and have successes and failures? Seems like you'd rather sensor them and call their comments stupid.

Albert Einsten said, "If you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”
cathie / August 13, 2014 at 02:15 pm
I'm not wasting my time reading the article, but to answer your headline question, no, its not too feminine, but it is really stupid looking.
Guy / August 13, 2014 at 08:11 pm
TL;DR Comment section: I don't get fashion or what it's about

For what it's worth Dior Homme, you know, that house hold name, helmed by Hedi Slimane (Oh, wait, no you don't who that is do you), unequivocally revered in the fashion world, they were doing collared capes years ago. Title image isn't a far cry.
Kimiko Okubo / August 14, 2014 at 01:32 am
No; the items look like something I'd wipe my ass with...
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Bri / August 14, 2014 at 10:01 am

Gender-bending fashion line back on the TOM* runway



TORONTO—After being pulled from Toronto Men’s Fashion Week (TOM*) earlier this week, Toronto designer Mic. Carter’s signature gender-bending fashion line L’Uomo Strano will be back on the runway on Thursday. TOM* reversed its decision to pull the collection after an outcry from designers and other members of the fashion community.

The collection – Printemps – takes its inspiration from both the Herero people of Southern Africa and Dennis Rodman, both known for using fashion as a form of resistance. In the same way, Carter’s innovative designs challenge traditional nations of masculinity and question what “men’s fashion” really means.

“I’m glad to be back and to have an opportunity to show this collection,” says Carter. “I’m also grateful for the outpouring of support from fellow designers and the entire fashion community.”

As reported widely in the media, Carter was told by TOM* representatives earlier this week that his designs were too feminine and “emasculating” to be shown at the men’s fashion week. He declined the suggestion to alter the designs by adding combat boots and removing accessories, and his show was subsequently pulled – less than 48 hours before the event.

TOM* reversed its decision on Wednesday, citing a decision by the organizers, producers and advisory council of Toronto Men’s Fashion Week. The collection will now be shown on Thursday, August 14 at 4:45pm at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel (100 Front Street West, Toronto).

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Irwin Mimico / August 14, 2014 at 12:28 pm
Someone's trying to ram their lifestyle down my throat!
Rob Ford / August 14, 2014 at 06:31 pm
It's me Irwin, I'm ramming! I'm wearing those shirts in XXXXX- Large!
guest / August 14, 2014 at 06:34 pm
Just putting it out there, um, do you think that maybe just maybe the material and um, FFS, look at the cut here, come on? Seriously? It's not femininity that's the problem it is the lack of fundamental design application and proper use of material(s) for monetizing extensions. Terrible. Just terrible.
Fred / December 29, 2014 at 07:34 am
Those outfits are a complete joke and the designer should have been pulled from the show. Not for the "feminine" angle but because his stuff is garbage for idiots.
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