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EMERGING DESIGNER – INTERVIEW WITH VESTIGE

Vestige Vancouver Emerging Designer

A recent coffee date with a friend turned into a delightful and inspiring meet up with Aileen Lee, the talented emerging designer behind her refreshing brand, Vestige.

It is one thing to be extremely creative, but you create a whole other beast when you combine that with intelligence, literature and business skills.   Aileen did not come from a design background.  In fact, she studied English Literature at UBC, at the request of her parents, and then went on to obtain her master’s degree in fashion management.  However, fashion design was something she always loved and upon completing her education, she decided to take a chance and follow her passion.

Vestige Vancouver Emerging Designer

“My style is simple and neutral. I wear what is comfortable, and that is my first priority when designing products.”

Vestige Vancouver Emerging Designer

“Our customer is someone who welcomes life in its most natural form.”

Vestige Vancouver Emerging Designer ss15 Lookbook

What is the story behind your brand?

Vestige is the brainchild of fashion and literature. I have always been fascinated with the interconnections between people, and this is how I link fashion with literature. Both are vessels capable of telling others who we are, creating a bridge between individuals. Clothing is a language of its own.

Each season, Vestige tells a story of two girls, brought together by a message in a bottle. In a day and age where communication is undervalued, we try to promote the importance of connecting with others. In each story, a girl would write a message and send it off in a bottle. The process brings two seemingly different individuals together.

What type of woman are you designing for?

The type of woman who seeks meaning in life, and values her experiences. She is someone who digs deep, someone who appreciates beauty, as well as quality and craftsmanship. Vestige is very organic. We have a small team that does everything ourselves, and we use very little hired help. Our customer is someone who welcomes life in its most natural form.

What has been the most rewarding part of your career in design?

The people who became a part of or supported Vestige. Building up a brand is no easy feat, it is a wholehearted investment with no guarantees at the end of the tunnel. Yet everyone I’ve met along the way has been really supportive, and it made me realise how warm our community is.

What would you consider as the most important trait of being a designer?

Intuition and perception. Know who your audience is, because a strong design does not only cater to yourself. Design is an interactive playing field that shapes and sharpens your work with continual feedback and conversation.

Where can people buy/view your s/s 15 collection?

Our look book is up on our website, where you can read the full collection story. We will be showcasing our Spring/Summer collection at a pop up store in April. More details to come!

www.vestigestory.com

Vestige Vancouver Emerging Designer ss15 lookbook

Vestige Vancouver Emerging Designer ss15 lookbook

“Clothing is a language of its own.”

Vestige Emerging Designer Vancouver SS15 Lookbook

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Vancouver Fashion Stylist

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TARANJIT K. CHEEMA

Taranjit K. Cheema

By: Nicolette

Taran Cheema

I recently interviewed Taran Cheema, a promising designer, who recently showcased a mind-bending collection at Vancouver Fashion Week, and I wanted to share some extra pics to show the method and layers behind each outfit to give you an idea of just how spectacular these designs are!

Read the article here at page 20 – 21:  WOVE Magazine

Follow Taran Cheema at: www.taranjitcheema.com

Taran Cheema

A unique collection with each layer is a distinctly different shape.

Taran Cheema

The garments develop as the layers are added.

Taran Cheema

The traditional Sari and turban were used to guide Taran in the wrapping, folding and layering of the pieces of material.

Taran Cheema

A new bonding technique with fusible interfacing was created to make sure all the edges were clean.

Taran Cheema

When observed from various angles one sees a fresh perspective of each piece.

Taran Cheema

Wishing this talented young lady all the best!

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Nicolette Lang-Andersen

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JOANNA PYBUS

Joanna Pybus

by: Nicolette

Joanna Pybus

Now living in London, Joanna Pybus was originally born in St. Catharines, Canada and moved to North East England in 1992.  There she studied Fine Art and Textiles and came to realise that she could really work creatively around the body, and that her “creativity could be chanelled most effectively through clothing over any other medium”.  From there, Pybus went on to a BTEC Foundation Diploma in Art where she specialised in Fashion.  A short while after, she completed her Bachelors Degree in Fashion Design, graduating with a First Class Honours Degree.  

Her first piece was a simple black shift dress with three-quarter sleeves, covered in appliquéd sparkly cherries, embroidered leaves and googly eyes.  This simple, flattering silhouette with a lighthearted pop humour runs throughout her collection.  “I like to use a lot of print, colour and graphics, and I think the best way to show these off is with a sophisticated simple silhouette – quite reflective of the 1960s”.

Joanna Pybus

Pybus undergoes extensive research before creating her collections, and her most recent s/s 2013 collection, aptly named SO-PO-MO to reflect the Post-Modernist humor of her clothing, makes reference to the Post-Modern movement through Memphis Design Furniture, 1990s home décor books and artists such as Peter Halley and Dorothy Hafner.  Pybus hand draws her designs and then has them rendered and printed digitally.  Her collections are worn by people who don’t take themselves or fashion too seriously, where age is irrelevant and “it’s more about a youthful, playful attitude towards life.”

Still fresh on the scene, but not a discredit to her knowledge and undeniable talent, Pybus thinks it’s important not to “follow trends or be too enveloped in what’s cool”, “stick with your design, regardless of how it will be received.”   She believes that “working hard is the only way that things happen” and “learning your trade, being able to operate completely independently, having only yourself to rely on, will push you to be your best and most efficient.” 

Joanna Pybus

For now, Pybus plans on staying in London, where you might spot her (in her current favourite pattern-clashing attire of green leopard print and stripes) wandering around museums catching the latest contemporary art, thrifting at charity shops and walking the streets – “it’s a great place to get lost in”. 

To purchase Joanna Pybus clothing, accessories and even nail art, visit http://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/joannaPYBUS

Stay up to date at:

www.joannapybus.com / Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pybusjoanna / Twitter: @joannapieface / Instagram: @joannapybus / Tumblr: http://joannapybus.tumblr.com/

Joanna Pybus

Joanna Pybus

Joanna Pybus

Joanna Pybus

Joanna Pybus

Lookbook creds: Designer:  Joanna Pybus / Photographer: Anya Holdstock / Model:  Katharina W @ M+P / Hair: Kevin Luchmun/Dexter Johnson / Make Up:  Helen Rose Drake / Styling Assistant: Aimee Ward

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Vancouver Personal Stylist

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XSENIA & OLYA

Travelling Prints

Xsenia & Olya

Xenia & Olya

Xsenia & Olya, a London based brand, specialize in cruise and resort collections using one-of-a-kind fabrics with unique digital prints for the elegant, modern day woman with an eye for travelling.

Their designs have been worn by Natasha Khan of Bat for Lashes at the Brit Awards and Bolivian actress Carla Ortiz, to the Oscars last year.  They have strutted the runways at Paris, London and Vancouver Fashion Week and their presence is growing by the second.

The two beauties behind the brand, Xsenia Runa and Olya Shishkina, both dabbled in fashion in Moscow and then powering on to graduate alongside Alexander McQueen, Matthew Williamson & Stella McCartney from London’s distinguished Central St Martins.

Xsenia whose style is sexy-feminine, regularly participated in both Moscow and Russian Fashion Week showing her own label.  After showing her collection “Blank Sheet” at Moscow’s Graduate Fashion Week, she was hailed as an emerging Russian designer.

Olya whose style is comfortable elegance with a hint of bohemian, studied art and design for five years in Moscow, won numerous awards for her creations, ran her own atelier ‘SHI’ in Moscow and has launched her own label Olya Shishkina for a collection of leather jackets.

For the perfectly paired duo, fashion “is a personal expression of oneself and style is more of a representative description, rather than simply following a trend or fashion.  It’s about finding the style that suits you.”

Their dreamy inspiration comes from the “details of life that people sometimes miss when they’re rushing around. The spokes of a bicycle, the faint whisper of smoke of a burnt out candle, the peeling wallpaper”.   Their a/w13 collection is just as poetic in their conceptual take on movement in the form of time and time travel.

Their unique prints are a byproduct of plenty of research, creating collages or taking photos themselves, such as the water prints from a previous collection, which were created from photos taken in Xsenia’s bath.  These are then digitally manipulated to create something aesthetically beautiful, both on screen and on the body.  A lot of thought goes into how the design, fabric and prints fall on the body.

Inspired by Madeleine Vionnet, queen of the bias cut, Hussein Chalayan for his futurist avant-garde and Vivienne Westwood for her combination of unconformity and sense of tradition, the duo have sound advice for aspiring designers.  “There is definitely no one proper way to do things.  You have to love and believe in what you do all the time.  If your work makes you happy, the universe will help you out.” 

Purchase their a/w13 collection at www.carnetdemode.com

Follow Xsenia & Olya on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date:  

https://www.facebook.com/xsenia.olya/ https://twitter.com/XseniaOlya / http://www.xsenia-olya.com/

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