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SARA ARMSTRONG – VANCOUVER FASHION WEEK F/W 15

By: Justine Barnes

Images: Peter Jensen

We managed to catch up with Sara Armstrong after her stunning show at Vancouver Fashion Week and ask her a few questions.

Sara Armstrong Vancouver Fashion Week  

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.

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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.

Sara Armstrong Vancouver Fashion Week
Where can we find your clothing?

Mostly by private sales through info@sararmstrong.com – 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. 

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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.

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www.sararmstrong.com

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VANCOUVER FASHION WEEK F/W 15 – DAY 2

By: Justine Barnes & NLAStylist

Images: Peter Jensen

Black and white seemed to be an ongoing, very enjoyable theme for day 3 of Vancouver Fashion Week.  While the silhouettes changed, black and white stayed the same, looking incredibly chic. Another common theme was pairing these structured, yet over sized looks with an Oxford shoe.

LaSalle College

LaSalle College is a regular and much-anticipated show at Vancouver Fashion Week, with this season being its 11th season.  It is always so refreshing to witness such young creativity, executed with such maturity.

Adam-Lin Bungang

AMAZING. Adam-Lin Bungang’s dresses kept to the black and white theme perfectly while playing with different proportions. They were truly something any women would want in their closet. These dresses were a little sporty and very chic!

Adam-Lin Bungang

Adam-Lin Bungang Vancouver Fashion Week

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Yicheng (Eric) Chen

This was Yicheng (Eric) Chen’s second time showing with Vancouver Fashion Week. We really enjoyed his take on the roaring 20’s. He created pieces with low hip lines and used feathers to evoke the 1920’s.

Yicheng (Eric) Chen Vancouver Fashion Week

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Shunan Zeng

The inspiration behind Shunan Zeng’s collection was found in women, post World War I, representing freedom and hope.  We loved the cohesive colour palette of muted tone and the creative panels on both the front and back of the garments – creating a fresh and modern twist on the classic boyish style.

Shunan (Andy) Zeng Vancouver Fashion Week

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Su Yang

Su Yang created dresses that were very chic with dropped waistlines. It was very noticeable that she created these pieces inspired by menswear, with the addition of embellishments, making it extremely tres chic!

Su (Ariel) Yang Vancouver Fashion Week

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Sara Armstrong

Headlining the night was Sara Armstrong and we absolutely loved the trouser pants that she created for F/W 15 that donned cross-over origami style panels! Each look was captivating and interesting.  Her pieces were oversized while still being perfectly tailored.

We caught up with Sara and asked her a few quick questions.  Click HERE to see more!

Sara Armstrong Vancouver Fashion Week

Sara Armstrong Vancouver Fashion Week

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EMERGING DESIGNER – INTERVIEW WITH ALEX S. YU

ALEX S. YU + THE LOST YOUTH

By: Nicolette Lang-Andersen

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Sometime life takes you on a path you didn’t expect or plan for – the one that you were always destined for.

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For up and coming Vancouver designer, Alex S. Yu, this is exactly what happened.  A dedicated computer science student from a traditional family, where a career in fashion was not seen as a solid career, he found a way to turn his dreams into a reality.  During school (and working part time at Club Monaco), Alex found himself consistently infusing fashion into his various website projects, and quickly realized he had another calling.  Keeping it under the radar from his parents, he enrolled in a part time sewing and pattern making class and created a mini collection to start up his portfolio, which he then used to Enroll with at Blanche Macdonald.  A few more mini collections later (which may have included a cheeky pair of polka dot boxer shorts), he showcased at TAS fashion show where he finally revealed to his parents the creative passion and undeniable talent that he had.  Needless to say, they form a part of the mass of Alex S. Yu fans out there today. Alex S. Yu Vancouver Designer VFW

Wanting to find his own voice as a designer, Alex made the leap across the pond to continue his studies in fashion at the London College of Fashion, where he found daily inspiration through the history, fashion, culture, galleries and museums. On completing his studies, he planned to work under a few designers to gain more experience on the business side, but fate again showed him a different door – a chance to showcase at Vancouver Fashion Week s/s 2015 through a sponsorship with Niche Magazine.

His collection, The Lost Youth, was whipped up in just one month and inspired by his time in London.  In particular, East London near Brick Lane – a vibrant area where street artists express their feelings and anger towards the government in a playful way through their artwork.  These surroundings translated into the colours and shapes of his collection but Alex also found inspiration from his favourite childhood book character for the exaggerated lines and curves – Dr. Seuss.   For fabrics, he wanted to create wearable clothing with experimental fabrics such as plastics, coated paper and outdoor fabrics.

Alex S. Yu Vancouver Designer VFW

This rushed but stunningly executed youthful collection peaked much interest from around the Globe. Since the VFW show, Alex’s collection has been featured in Vogue UK, Vogue Italia, Glamour UK, Elle Italia, The Province, Vancouver Sun and more, and he just recently travelled to Tokyo for an exclusive photoshoot with his collection showcasing his talent to a whole new audience.

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His views in design have remained the same since the day he started, believing that we live in an age where fashion should be an outlet to express yourself, to have fun and break the rules a little…or a lot.

Alex S. Yu Vancouver Designer VFW

The ambitious designer has his sights set on some big goals for next year.  Apart from wishing to dress Susie Bubble of stylebubble.co.uk in his collection, Alex is planning to take part in the next season of VFW, will be launching an online store and hopes to showcase at London Fashion Week. 

As any young designer knows, showcasing a new collection on a bigger platform can be costly and Alex has recently set up an Idigogo campaign to help him launch his f/w 2015 at VFW, where in return for your contribution, you are rewarded with various items from a small collection he has made.  To contribute or find out more, visit: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/launch-alex-s-yu-fw2015-collection

Alex S. Yu Vancouver Designer VFW

Alex S. Yu Vancouver Designer VFW

www.alexsyu.com

Image Creds:

Photographer – Jason Mordeno Photography
Make up – Jerry Kuo Makeup and Sally Chiang
Hair – Ling Liu
Models – Lisa Chen, Mia Jiang, Monica Zhang, Yidan Gao, Sandy Song

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Vancouver Fashion Blogger

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