City Hall Style - The Politics of Fashion
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City Hall Style – The Politics of Fashion

2005_02_04cityhall.jpgImagine the life of a Toronto City Councilor – the jet setting, the screaming fans, the intense media scrutiny. Toronto City Councilor Paula Fletcher works under this pressure everyday. And, like all Toronto City Councilors, she must dress accordingly.
To know more about Council fashion, follow roving Torontoist affiliate Terry Woo as he gets elbow-to-elbow with Royson James, Dave Miller, and Denzil Minnan-Wong last Thursday at City Hall. Torontoist is proud to present Terry’s quick run-down of Toronto’s most fashion-forward Councilors.
Paula Fletcher, Ward 30
The Look: Yellow turtle-neck sweater, pouffy hair.
The Quote: “Yellow and black. Those are my branding colours. Those are my Paula Fletcher Election Colours.”
Assessment: Crisp and professional.
hmoscoe.jpgHoward Moscoe, Ward 15
The Look: Grey tweed jacket, TTC pin, novelty tie depicting Edvard Munch’s The Scream.
The Quote: “This is my ‘budget’ tie. We’re supposed to be discussing the TTC budget at noon hour. It always makes me feel like screaming.”
Assessment: Jovial but goofy.
Pam McConnell, Ward 28
The Look: Oversized, rainbow-coloured tunic.
The Quote: “I think Councilor McConnell dresses very well,” said Mayor David Miller.
Assessment: Fiesty and progressive.

David Sonaki, Ward 43
The Look: Three-quarter length jacket, black mock turtle neck, matching slacks.
The Quote: “There’s a division roughly along the 45-year line – those on the younger side of 45 say, ‘Hey! This is great, I get to wear business casual!’ On the older side, people were concerned primarily about the investment in their wardrobe.”
Assessment: Pragmatic business casual.
dminnan-wong.jpg Mayor David Miller
The Look: Brown tweed jacket, powder blue shirt, burgundy tie.
The Quote: “I think as men, our traditions are…less liberated than women’s. I think people would be pretty shocked if I wore a mauve suit, for example.”
Assessment: Mayoral chic.
(Also of note: After exchanging menacing glares during council, Torontoist and arch-rival Councilor Denzil Minnan-Wong squared off in a game of hallway chicken. Torontoist later found where Minnan-Wong parked, and peed in his gas tank.)