Day Two at Fashion Art Toronto, and the CITYscapes urban culture theme hits home in an unexpected way – a power cut. Backstage, however, it’s Keep Calm And Carry On, everyone hurtling forward under the show’s own momentum with designers, stylists, models and makeup artists dressing, fixing, applying and adjusting under the less-than-soft glow of backup floodlights. Catwalk rehearsals glide through the few gaps in the mass of preparation which takes on the feeling of a military manoeuvre as shoeboxes are stacked and rifled-through like ammunition while models line up for final inspection, war paint glistening, before marching through the stage breach. Random blasts of swirling hairspray haze dissipate in the air, defiant echoes of fashion industry normalcy, while cosmetics are painted by digital lantern light: cellphones, sometimes two at a time, held outwards at eye-level to compensate. In the war for style, a blackout is just another obstacle on the assault course.