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.
For those that know me, from the moment I moved to Vancouver 4 years ago, my aim has been to highlight local designers and boutiques and showcase their talent either on my blog, in editorials or at local events. This season I’m more than honored to show off a gorgeous piece by emerging designer Alex S. Yu’s from his s/s 2015 collection at Vancouver Fashion Week.
I love the exaggerated shape and structure of this top and the metallic patch work – bang on trend for Spring and Summer this year. I wanted to draw out the pink and red tones in the plastic foil fabric, so I paired it with a lustrous red skirt and red lips and nails.
To catch up on our favourite designers from DAY 1 of VFW, click HERE
Stay tuned on how to re-create this makeup look ;p
Vancouver Fashion Week, established in 2001 by Jamal Abdourahman, will be returning for its 25th consecutive season next week to launch the Fall/Winter 2015 collections from designers across the globe and Canada’s most exciting talent.
Coveting Chi Chi will be there to capture it all for you so you don’t miss a beat. Keep a look out for myself and my gorgeous interns, Evelyn Chen and Justine Barnes.
From Monday 16th to Sunday 22nd March, Vancouver Fashion Week will return to its downtown venue at Queen Elizabeth Plaza.
The Opening Gala, on Monday 16th March, will kickstart the week of seven days of showcase events, presenting the creative talents of over 30 designers from all over the world.
Vancouver Fashion Week founder Jamal Abdourahman is thrilled of the breadth of creative talent from new as well as returning designers. Jamal said,
“We are looking forward to sharing amazing creativity this season, with Vancouver shining the spotlight on lots of great local and international talent. We love to celebrate the diversity of fashion culture, and Vancouver provides this perfect platform to support emerging talent.”
Amongst the top-returning designers is Noe Bernacelli, whose Peruvian international style and beauty has been greatly received in Vancouver. He will be joined by Shravan Kumar whose motto, ‘Fashion is religion, than mere profession’, inspired his unconventional designs and use of textiles.
Also on the lineup is Korean designer Hong Kiyoung. Kiyoung is widely recognized for his luxury streetwear, which experiments silhouettes and colorful prints.
Every season, Vancouver Fashion Week continues to push its boundaries and strives to attract new and emerging designers from across the world.
This season it welcomes Chinese designer ILOVECHOC who mixes cute cartoon designs with luxury fabrics. Korean company JUKOjulie who has been greatly welcomed into the New York fashion scene and designer Paloma Sanchez who has been recognized as one of the 30 best jewelry designers in the world (‘Unique Book; The Best Jewelry Designers’.)
VFW also continues to support the city’s homegrown talent with the return of local designers Connally McDougall, Grandi’s Atelier and Sara Armstrong. All three designers are local to Vancouver and are inspired by the city.
Sara Armstrong said, “I am excited to be returning for FW15 at Vancouver Fashion Week. The team are a great group of creative minds and they are amazing to work with. They are setting the pace for up and coming Canadian fashion designers supporting them with an international market. It is the best fashion event in western Canada and I cannot wait for the Opening Gala.”
Tickets are available at http://www.vanfashionweek.com/event
Show Pass – Two consecutive shows for $30
One Day Pass – A whole day of fashion for $75
Six Day Pass – All the catwalk shows excluding Opening Gala for $300
Seven Day Pass – A whole week of fashion including Opening Gala for $350
Opening Gala – The opening of Fashion Week and opening shows $150
With over 52 confirmed designers and counting, each day promises to showcase the best in international fashion design.
See you there!