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It’s that time of year again and a good one at that!

Day 1 of Vancouver Fashion Week brought to us beautiful designs and much anticipated local talent that we have been keeping our eyes on.   Here are our favourites of the evening:


Returning to the VFW catwalk for the second time, Vancouver emerging designer, Alex S. Yu impressed his loyal fans once again with dazzling metalics and fun accents.  Still keeping the same playfulness and use of interesting fabrics and materials as he did in his last collection, this line was inspired by ‘Mean Girls’.

If you missed my previous interview with Alex, click HERE

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Dubbed as China’s first you street style fashion brand, I LOVE CHOC brought their ‘1Dollar’ themed collection across the sea to delight our senses.  Another fresh and playful collection for the night with references to dollar bills and my favourite childhood book character (and first ever vinyl) – Pinocchio.   A strong and cohesive collection with its textures and bright primary colours. ILOVECHOC Vancouver Fashion Week

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We loved the leather looks by South Korean, YongKyunShin, with the clever cutouts and placement of frills and detailing.  The mixture of fabrics, belts and zippers added to the provocative avant-garde feel of the collection.

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YKS Vancouver Fashion Week


Another returning Vancouver favourite, emerging designer, Connally McDougal wowed us with a collection that primarily consisted of deep tones, luxe velvets and rich textures, with slight references to the 20s era.  We loved the brighter patterned print that popped up in various items of clothing with really uplifted the collection, keeping it fresh and youthful.

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By: Nicolette

The final day of VFW crept around far too quick for our liking!  After a week long of ‘frowing’ (one who frequents the front row), the final group of designers was the perfect way to end it all on a high note.  From around the globe, they brought strong collections in a great smorgasbord of quirky, funky, dark and edgy.

Our faves for the night were:

Londoner, Connally McDougall brightened up the room with her neutral and warm yellow ready-to-wear and couture collection.  Made by hand and a lot of love, she uses sustainable fabrics that are rich and diverse in texture.

Connally Mcdougal

Connally McDougall

Images: Peter Jensen

Tribal funk was woven through every fibre of this exciting collection.  The hair, make-up and accessories were so creative and fun.  Designer, George Styler, who studied fashion in Belgrade, produced an interesting knitwear collection and as in his past collections, portrayed an acceptance of individuality through the freedom of fashion.

George Styler

 Images: Peter Jensen

Karen Yang brought a fresh and fashion forward collection, with layers of pattern clashes that played off each other perfectly.  Using her cultural insights as inspiration for her quirky and playful designs, this line was certainly a breath of fresh air!

Karen Yang

Karen Yang

Images: Peter Jensen

Taking us to the dark side, Vlades’s attention to detail and form was pure magic.  We especially loved the common theme of the cross-over structured fabric panel hanging down in an asymmetric skirt form.  Small details with huge impact.



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And lastly, to finish off the night’s variety of different styles, Hong Kiyoung dropped some serious sporty street style with plenty of edge and attitute.  A cohesive androgynous collection that flowed seamlessly from one bold colour palette into the next.

Hang Kiyoung

Hong Kiyoung

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We would like to thank all the staff and Jamal for looking after us all week and for putting on such a great event.  The venue, set up, staff were on on point!


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By: Nicolette & Rachelle Lupton

Day five of Vancouver Fashion Week was all about the Femme Fatale.  Lace, sequins, black & gold, sultry and sexy strutted down the runway.  A standout night with very thought-provoking and innovative collections were showcased.

Coveted designers were:

AIAIE – this collection made you want to slow down time to inspect every angle of each piece.  The details, combinations and layering were so exquisite it was hard not to view these pieces as carefully constructed art.  Designer, Hegedűs Zsanett, clearly drew inspiration from architecture and the finishing touches of inserting shadows was sensational.





Images: Peter Jensen

Joffrey Mongin, who had a striking resemblance of a young Yves Saint Laurent, displayed a stunning collection of both work and evening appropriate pieces.  A great combination of sleek silhouettes and geometric patterns creating a common theme of deep V’s.  Very tres chic indeed!

Joffrey Mongin

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You just can’t beat black & gold as the most deliciously luxe combination that Aizel brought to us!  Everything about this collection was purely stunning!  The stern hats paired with soft textures – perfection!  The charming and super cute designer, Minnie Jo (what a fab name!), came all the way from Australia and we managed to catch a few precious minutes with her back stage – stay tuned for our interview with her!



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Vancouver Fashion Week ss 2015 – DAY 4

 By Nicolette

Just over half way through a week of shows and the VFW front row starts feeling pretty cosy and just like home!  Day 4’s shows were superbly executed in a range of out-of-the-box fresh designs, serene and elegant, seductive and sexy.

Our coveted designers for the night were:

Clara Martin, a London, UK based menswear designer wowed the crowds with her fresh menswear collection consisting of knitted jumpers and shorts, bold stripes and faux fur that drew on childhood memories of the cookie monster.  A fun, playful and youthful collection that spoke volumes with it’s vibrant colour palette.

Clara Martin

Images: Peter Jensen

A modern take on the late 60s, early 70s Hollywood glamour was the first thing that came to mind when I saw this collection by Renata Buzzo saunter down the runway.  The soft feather trimmings, baby-doll silhouettes, sheer skirts and bell sleeves added to the sultriness of this collection along with the smokey eyes and sleek pointy heels.

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Renata Buzzo

Images: Peter Jensen

Laura Lavel was the perfect finish to the night for me, with a sexy and sophisticated collection combining classic silhouettes in an interesting mixture of textured fabrics and bold prints.  It’s no wonder this designer was born in Paris where she nurtured her skills in haute couture and fashion design.  Revealing pants and dresses but done very tastefully.  I’m pretty sure I saw every young dame in the front row gasp and snap pics of these gorgeous pieces.

Laura Lavel

Images:  Peter Jensen




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By: Nicolette & Rachelle Lupton

Each day the designers of Vancouver Fashion Week are running around like mad getting ready for the moment they have been waiting months for.  Day three showcased dreams coming to life and designers seeing their hard work pay off.  A night not to be missed with an array of fun, flirty, feminine pieces – perfect for the upcoming Spring/Summer 2015 season.

Our first coveted designer of the evening hands-down goes to Marita.  Cool hues of blue, mauve’s and taupes gave complemented to soothing structures of the other-worldly garments.  Marita, a Tbilisi, Georgia, designer, aptly named her collection “Cryptogram”.



Images: Peter Jensen

Our second coveted designer for the evening, goes to Lozena.  Not only is her collection super cute, chic and sophisticated – so is the charming little lady behind the brand – Viktoria Nasteva.  We know, because we got chatty with her briefly before her show!  Through a collection of luxe fabrics and feminine tailored silhouettes, Viktoria used her Bulgarian heritage as inspiration and she strives to make sustainable fashion synonymous with high-end fashion.


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And lastly, finishing the night with an extravagant flair was designer to watch Shravan Kumar, displaying his first line full of beautiful ready to wear articles perfect for the western culture but with a theme true to his heritage and culture, India.  We were lucky enough to pull him aside for a quick interview.

Shravan Kumar

Images:  Peter Jensen

When did you know that you wanted to become a designer?

I received medical training in India, but I was always more interested in the design sciences than the medical sciences. I think it has always been in my blood.  I saw my mom wearing the most beautiful Saris in India and I think that’s where it started.  My mom is my idol, I look up to her to be everything I am today.

 Other than your mother, do you have any other influences?

I am a learner, I love learning and I learn new things everyday.  When I stop learning, that’s the day I am dead.  I don’t believe in being number one, number two or number three.  I am in a different league because I know what I want and don’t want.

Do you have any inspirational words for aspiring designers?

Do not believe in anybody, believe in yourself.  Don’t let anyone deprive your temperament, character or confidence. People who are trying to take your confidence are not your friends. And work hard, but party harder.  That’s fashion.

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