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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
Vancouver Fashion Week is certainly bringing it this time round. Day two’s collections were on fire, show after show, piece after piece, the designers were right on trend with boxy, androgynous styles. Men in skirts, woman in pants suits, no more gender specifications. These designers were fully aware of society’s outlook on genders and using it to their advantage. Brilliant pieces from equally brilliant designers.
Coveted designers were:
Lu Liu, who perfectly merged together an Asian and West Coast feel to a collection full of fun pieces, complete with mickey mouse ears and lollipops.
Each season Niche magazine sponsors an up and coming designer to assist them showcasing their collection at Vancouver Fashion Week. This year, the platform was offered to Alex S Yu, and what an amazing outcome it was. Stealing the show for the night Alex S Yu’s “Lost Youth” collection played with boxy cuts and holographic fabrics. We can’t wait to see where this designer goes from here.
Lights on, music up, models ready! Day 2 (technically Day 1 of the runway shows) started Vancouver Fashion Week off with an amazing display of Spring/Summer 2015 collections from local and international designers. This year’s Venue, The Queen Elizabeth Theater, is set up with a fashion tent for the shows, a VIP/media lounge where you have the opportunity to meet and talk to this year’s designers and an indoor and outdoor media wall – perfect for all the fashionistas!
Pastels, geometric shapes, sharp silhouettes and shiny sequins seemed to be amongst some of the common themes. The unique designs, both wearable but still statement pieces, strutted up and down the runway. A great start to the week and we can’t wait to share with you what the rest of the week’s designers brought us.
Day 2’s coveted designers were:
Akira Kuwabara with his collection of triangular geographic dresses and innovative rework of the trench coat.