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Fashion Week(s): By the numbers

- March 22nd, 2012

Fashion Week from an editor’s point-of-view: My semi-annual numerical round-up of  World MasterCard Fashion Week and off-site shows that bookended the event.

35.5 – Hours of work, outside of my regular gig.

30 – Runway shows over five days at World MasterCard Fashion Week.

26 – Seasons of Toronto Fashion Week (it’s official name changes with major sponsorships. ie. last fall I attended LG Fashion Week.)

19 – World MasterCard Fashion Week shows I attended.

11 – Cups of coffee, including two venti Starbucks, which should count for about three each.

10 – Whole grain, fig and fruit and nut bar-based dinners.

Off-site fashion: Lucian Matis, Jean-Pierre Braganza and LOVAS (one of my favourite dresses). (Magnet Creative, Dave Abel/QMI AGENCY, Brill Communications)

Off-site fashion: Lucian Matis, Jean-Pierre Braganza and LOVAS (one of my favourite dresses). (Magnet Creative, Dave Abel/QMI AGENCY, Brill Communications)

5 – Fashion shows that aren’t affiliated with World MasterCard Fashion Week that I attended: LOVAS, Basch, Lucian Matis (black label), David Szeto and Jean-Pierre Braganza.

4 – Nights I spied supermodel Stacy McKenzie front row, though I swear she probably made it to Thursday’s Pink Tartan and David Dixon shows and I missed  her.

4 – Swank gift bags for the front row: Earrings at Pavoni, a scarf and chocolate at Martin Lim, Smashbox and Schwarzkopf products and Purdy’s chocolates at Lucien Matis, more Purdy’s chocolates at MATIS by Lucian Matis, a gift card from Rudsak, and an umbrella and laptop protector at Soia & Kyo.

Near-slips at Martin Lim and Pink Tartan. (Jack Boland/QMI AGENCY)

Near-slips at Martin Lim and Pink Tartan. (Jack Boland/QMI AGENCY)

4 – Would-be model slips: At Chloe comme Parris, MATIS by Lucian Matis, Martin Lim (the model stepped on the hem of her cream dress several times but never fell), and Pink Tartan, where the model took off her heels to avert disaster.

3 – Surprising choices by the house DJ: The Supremes “Where did our love go?,” Neil Young “Heart of Gold,” and Aretha Franklin “Think“.

3 – Broken nails, due to all the digging in my bag for pens and my recorder…and slacking on the shea butter.

A few – Barbie dolls, who helped attendees try on virtual clothes in “Barbie’s closet.”

2 – Pairs of shoes per day. I can get away with scruffy Doc Martens at the office – in the front row? Not so much.

2 – Designer quotes I didn’t get in to copy. The first was Kimberley Newport-Mimran saying she wished she could get the Pink Tartan price point closer to that of husband Joe Mimran’s Joe Fresh line, the second was Bustle co-designer Shawn Hewson saying he’s working up the nerve to dig his ’90s leather pants out of the closet and wear them again. Hewson’s wife and Bustle co-designer Ruth Promislow egged him on, “You used to wear them!”

1.8 – Pounds lost in water weight, which came back the following Saturday (St. Patrick’s Day).

1.5 – Purdy’s chocolate I ate. A man of interest waiting at home did away with the rest.

1 – Minute I had to wait in line for my media pass. There was no lineup an hour-and-a-half before the first show on Monday (mental note for next year).

1 – “Bachelorette” in the front row at the Korhani Home show. Remember cutie Jillian Harris?

"Ken" on Day 2, 3 and 5 of Fashion Week in October 2010. (Kate Kennedy/QMI Agency)

0 – Ken dolls in attendance. Barbie’s dashing beau usually hangs around the tents and takes pictures with keen ladies.

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