Tom Ford will design for women again, faux-hawks for babies, designers ditch Toronto fashion week

Tom Ford will design for women again, faux-hawks for babies, designers ditch Toronto fashion week

Rejoice: Tom Ford returns to womenswear (Photo by Nicolas Genin)• Sure, swine flu is going around, but that’s no reason to be impolite. As fashion week presses on, Torontonians continue to embrace the oh-so-European double-cheek kiss as their preferred greeting. May we suggest Cold FX? [Toronto Star]

Tom Ford has confirmed he will be creating a line of womenswear for his eponymous label. Cue sighs from everyone who thinks Gucci hasn’t been the same without the dreamy designer. Ford is waiting for financing before launching, but some sources say the line could be ready as early as fall 2010. [WWD]

• On our newborn checklist, we’ve already got babies in Che Guevara tees, Uggs and Canada Goose jackets, and now we’ll be able to artfully faux-hawk their hair thanks to Le Baby Hair Gel. Free of such irritants as fragrance and parabens, the gel is safe to use on baby scalps, and perfect for taming annoying frizzies and fly-aways. [Bella Sugar]

• Toronto fashion week has been missing some of the country’s most notable designers, but sadly for gossip hounds, there’s no controversy in their absence. Some—like Lida Baday, Smythe and Mikhael Kale—simply don’t do runway shows. Jeremy Laing’s collection is showcased during New York fashion week, and Joeffer Caoc is so busy with fall orders he chose to forgo this year’s festivities to concentrate on production. [Toronto Star]

Mad Men is releasing a line of clothes to help aspiring Don Drapers reach their sartorial goals. In collaboration with Brooks Brothers, Janie Bryant, the show’s costume designer, has created a grey sharkskin suit with slim styling. Nothing yet for Joan and Betty wannabes, but an evening gown line has been planned. [The Independent]

• The Fashion Forward exhibit at OCAD explores some practical issues in fashion today. A convertible knapsack from Lida Baday changes to a windbreaker, Susan Harris uses recycled materials in her dresses, and Izzy Camilleri has a collection for people with physical disabilities (items have been created with ease of dressing in mind and are meant to be worn in a sitting position). [Now Toronto]

• Beyond requiring a Herculean effort to put on and take off, this season’s must-have accessory, the over-the-knee boot, poses another problem: thigh spillover. Grazia points out non-existent thigh muffin top on “A-list” celebs Audrina Partridge, Blake Lively and Lady Gaga. Two questions, Grazia: since when is Audrina Partridge A-list anything, and where exactly is this thigh overflow you speak of? They look great to us. [Grazia]

Dressed to Kill, a Montreal-based fashion quarterly launched last year, has landed in Toronto. The magazine features a mix of avant-garde editorial spreads along with more commercial content. [Masthead]