Izzy Camilleri, one of Canada's top fashion designers, creative directors and pioneers, will open World Mastercard Fashion Week with a runway show featuring her brand new line, MIZ by Izzy Camilleri, on March 18. I call this fabulous woman a pioneer because she's renowned for being the creator and founder of IZ Adaptive Clothing, a clothing store providing adaptive apparel for the physically disabled, on which she collaborated with fashion journalist Adrian Mainella.
For her next trick, Izzy is launching the MIZ Fall/Winter 2013 collection, a ready-to-wear line designed for the stylish, sophisticated and mature woman; the confident woman who doesn't want to look like who she was, but who wants to look like the woman she is. Sexy, yet comfortable, it will be comprised of sleek separates including jackets, dresses, blouses, leggings and skirts using materials like jersey, stretch wool twill and faux leather in rich blacks, greys and browns with strong patterns like houndstooth and animal-print.
“I created the MIZ collection because I feel there is a void in truly fashionable apparel that is made specifically for boomer-aged women,” said Camilleri. “Being 50 or 60 isn't the same as it was 40 years ago; these women are sexy, beautiful and stylish – they don’t try to look 25. They are happy and confident so I designed a line with these women in mind with pieces that are really well-made and affordable.”
The breadth of Izzy's portfolio is astounding having, not only dressed wheelchair users and now stylish baby boomers, but also a range of A-list celebrities including Angelina Jolie, Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst, Mila Kunis and Kelly Clarkson. Her designs have further been featured in television and film, including the Izzy Camilleri red fur coat worn by Meryl Streep in The Devil Wears Prada.
Izzy hasn't shown at Toronto since her IZMA Fall 2011 collection, a collaborative fur line she also designed with Adrian Mainella, almost two years ago. I'm sure many of you Izzy passionistas will be excited to see this new MIZ line, images of which will be available after the show, and the fruit of which will be available for purchase online in August. And if you ever happen to be strolling along Toronto's Dundas Street West (2995B to be exact), I highly recommend checking out her innovative IZ Adaptive Clothing showroom, which offers so much more than the small selection of clothing I'm including below.
Images via IZ Adaptive and Chris Chapman