By Evelyn Chen
Images: Kuna Photography
Day 5 of Vancouver Fashion Week offered a change in pace with a different attitude and feel. Marko Feher played with the boundaries of conventional fashion typically featured at VFW, toeing the line with punk elements while showcasing his creative and technical skills. A mixture of textures were incorporated in this collection from soft fabrics to leather paired with an off centered zipper and a few buckles for good measure.
Models walked down the runway with their heads wrapped in mesh, held in place by wire structures to create interesting shapes. The show was fast paced, where models strode down the runway displaying a cool, calm attitude. While each piece was well constructed, the ones that grabbed the audience’s attention were the plastic leather skirt and dress where the pointed edges extended past the hips to create a dramatic silhouette.
The last show of the night featured Hong Kiyoung, a collection titled “About the Road”. It was clear that the show was carefully designed to embody the carefree, slightly rebellious nature of everyday youth. The word “Bullshit” could be seen on sweaters and shorts, and props were carefully selected to include water bottles, newspaper, and messages “STILL YOUR NEIGHBOUR” and “GIVE ME YOUR LOVE” hand written on brown paper bags. Models were instructed to tousle their hair while striding down the runway to convey a cool attitude.
The designer played with a variety of textures using fabrics ranging from leather to soft comfortable fabrics reminiscent of the 70s with tweeds, wool, satin, in a range of neutral beige and gold metallics. While the collection was kept clean, there were underlying hints of subtle rebellion where a few raw edges and loose threads could be found. Overall, Hong Kiyoung was a great choice to end Day 5. You can tell the models had fun, reaching out to audiences on the runway before heading back backstage.
By: Evelyn Chen
NIGHT X DAY
Images: Kuna Lu Photography
NIGHT X DAY presented an element of sophisticated luxury featuring simple pieces perfect for everyday wear. The collection consisted of well-tailored suits made modern with large fanned out scarves and Mountie hats, along with oversized shirts paired with leather jackets. The style was kept clean, paired with loafers, with calf high socks for all to see. A little haughty, elements of cheekiness was thrown in as models walked down the runway with different shoes on each foot. A subtly playful move.
Images: Peter Jensen
The long anticipated wait for For Day 5 at Vancouver Fashion Week was instantly forgotten while guests rested their eyes on the extravagantly crafted pieces by Noe Bernacelli. The runway was lit with precious stones, delicate fabrics, and wispy feathers that transformed the energy of the crowd to one of dreamy elegance. From ready-to-wear day pieces to evening wear and flowing gowns, there was an item for every occasion that every woman cannot deny finding a use for.
From delicate lace to silks the show was complete luxury. The designer’s skills balanced with his designs that molded to the model’s bodies transported viewers from rainy Vancouver to the runways of Paris.
Many details could be spotted, including flowers made of feathers and stone jewels, as well as other surprises such as hidden pockets in the seams of his gowns. While capes were whispered to be making a comeback for fall, Noe Bernacelli incorporated this trend into his coats and dresses, inspiring viewers to revisit this trend.
Noe Bernacelli’s display of garments showcased the designer’s understanding of women’s bodies. His craft was reminiscent of Valentino in the way his pieces allowed women to feel and walk with added elegance.
By: Justine Barnes
Images: Peter Jensen
Despite the rain, the crowd seemed to be in good spirits, much thanks to the MC for the evening, Symone Says. She is known around Vancouver for being one of the best performing drag queens with infectious whit and charm.
Here are the collections that stood out for us on Day 3 of Vancouver Fashion Week.
Pouneh Askarian’s creations this season were stunning! The models looked elegant while walking the runway in the collection that consisted mostly of black, grey, cream and white. A pleasing variety of fabric manipulation added to the depth of this line.
Nadia + Zehra
The London based, twin sister fashion designers energized us with their loud and in-your-face collection. Staying true to form, they produced looks full of mixed and matched prints, metallics, faux fur and colours. Nadia + Zehra were a huge hit this season, just as they were two seasons season ago and we are looking forward to seeing what they do next!
We love everything about this designer and his clothing. Atsushi Nakashima’s collection consisted of futuristic sporty pieces prominently in a neutral palette with some serious pops of neon yellow and green. Most items were made with trending neoprene, enabling the designer to take advantage by incorporating some beautiful folds and structure to the line.
By: Justine Barnes
Images: Peter Jensen
What was the inspirations for your F/W 15 collection?
This season was inspired by my father and his pride that he has past down to use in our family name, but I suppose more visually, it’s inspired by Medieval Scottish winterscapes.
What makes your clothing different?
I’m not sure about “different” but what I think makes it special or unique is that it is locally handcrafted and ethically sourced. Everything is eco conscious. And, they are generally non-seasonal, gender neutral pieces, meant to last.
What is your favourite item?
My favourite pieces are the ones with the alpaca knots. Its from a local farm, Kensington Prairie Farm, and all hand felted, dyed and sewn.
What is your favourite fabric from this collection?
Melton wools – always.
Where can we find your clothing?
Mostly by private sales through firstname.lastname@example.org – I am going to be carried in a store in Saskatchewan, my hometown. And, we are looking for a few more carriers in Vancouver and beyond.
Are there any fashion designers that you are inspired by?
Gareth Pugh, Rei Kawakubo, Yohji Yamamoto – those are always my inspirations.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
Living internationally and continuing to create pieces.