A broken leg and a colossal cast didn’t stop stylist Joelle Litt from storming Toronto Fashion Week last year: she lined up a friend for each show to open doors and carry her purse, and she wore a hot-pink shift dress and matching motorcycle jacket from Canadian designer Eliza Faulkner on opening night. “I figured people would be staring at me anyway,” Litt says.
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But her willingness to stand out is not without precedent. “I wore leopard-print bell-bottoms my first week in high school,” she recalls. It was a bold move in Atwood, Ontario—a Gap-jeans-and-T-shirt town of 500—and the older girls took to meowing at her. “Those pants were my way of expressing myself,” Litt says. “I didn’t take them off.”