You know, Pumpkins, I hate to admit it – but the cost of showcasing Toronto’s unique style to the world has been totally worth it. It never would have occurred to me to go all ‘cold-war era East Berlin’ as the welcoming theme. Just goes to show you why I’m not on the G20 planning committee!
Personally, I would have chosen more of a flowers and singing children kind of look. How embarrassingly old school. Yikes. You spend a year or two away from the thick of the latest zeitgeist in city fashion and boom – you miss the latest trend.
Now that the barricades, fences, concrete barriers, barbed wire, battalions of armed police, water cannons and sound blasters have been erected – I’m getting a sense of the feel they’re after. It’s that post-modern ‘don’t mess with us’ Yankee-Stalinist pseudo apocalyptic bunker look. Watch for it on runways this fall.
The only down side to this approach is the crimp it’s putting on all circulation in or around the city. On anyone who has to work in the downtown core. Businesses. Retailers. Banks. Taxis. And of course, I get frisked every time I go in or out of my condo. But hey, that’s the price you have to pay for high fashion, dahrlings.