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VANCOUVER FASHION WEEK F/W 15 – DAY 5

By Evelyn Chen

Images: Kuna Photography

Marko Feher

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.

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Hong Kiyoung

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.

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Hong Kiyoung Vancouver Fashion Week

Hong Kiyoung Vancouver Fashion Week

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VANCOUVER FASHION WEEK F/W 15 – DAY 4

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. Night x Day Vancouver Fashion Week

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NOE BERNACELLI

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.

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Noe Bernacelli Vancouver Fashion Week

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VANCOUVER FASHION WEEK F/W 15 – DAY 3

 By: Justine Barnes

Images: Peter Jensen

Despite the rain, the crowd seemed to be in good spirits, much thanks to the MC for the evening, Symone Says.  She is known around Vancouver for being one of the best performing drag queens with infectious whit and charm.

Here are the collections that stood out for us on Day 3 of Vancouver Fashion Week.

Pouneh Askarian

Pouneh Askarian’s creations this season were stunning! The models looked elegant while walking the runway in the  collection that consisted mostly of black, grey, cream and white. A pleasing variety of fabric manipulation added to the depth of this line.

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Pouneh Askarian Vancouver Fashion Week

Nadia + Zehra

The London based, twin sister fashion designers energized us with their loud and in-your-face collection. Staying true to form, they produced looks full of mixed and matched prints, metallics, faux fur and colours.  Nadia + Zehra were a huge hit this season, just as they were two seasons season ago and we are looking forward to seeing what they do next! Nadia & Zehra

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Atsushi Nakashima

We love everything about this designer and his clothing.  Atsushi Nakashima’s collection consisted of futuristic sporty pieces prominently in a neutral palette with some serious pops of neon yellow and green.  Most items were made with trending neoprene, enabling the designer to take advantage by incorporating some beautiful folds and structure to the line.

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Atsushi Nakashima Vancouver Fashion Week

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LOOK 2 – VANCOUVER FASHION WEEK

I just love a crisp white shirt dress!

Albeit shapeless and boxy, it still exudes elegance.  A big trend this spring, I paired this shirt dress with another trend still with us from last year – the blanket cape.  Perfect for layering and super comfortable to sit and watch a series of runway shows in ;p

 Outfit:  Shirt Dress, Blanket Shawl, Necklace – H&M / Heels – Zara / Clutch – Aldo / Lips & Nails – Revlon

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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.

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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.

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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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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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VANCOUVER FASHION WEEK – STYLE DIARY – LOOK 1

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.

Outfit:  Top – Alex S. Yu / Skirt – H&M / Heels – Forever 21 / Clutch – Jennyfleur Loves / Earrings – Topshop

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

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VANCOUVER FASHION WEEK F/W 2015 – DAY 1

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:

ALEX S. YU

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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I LOVE CHOC

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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YKS

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

CONNALLY MCDOUGAL

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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VANCOUVER FASHION WEEK F/W 2015

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.

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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.

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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.

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See you there!

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ALEX S. YU – VANCOUVER FASHION WEEK F/W 2015 & POP-UP

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Alex S. Yu is pleased to announce that he will be showing his fall/winter 2015 collection titled : The Sweet Sixteen at Vancouver Fashion Week at the Queen Elizabeth Plaza on 17th, March 2015.

Get your VFW tickets HERE.

The fall/winter 2015 collection entitled ‘The Sweet Sixteen’ finds inspiration in the often capricious teenage angst and the cult movie ‘mean girls.’  The overly mature and sexy appeal of pop culture and its pin-ups and media darlings intrigued and inspired Alex to design in a reverse way. This season he designed for a woman who is longing to be young again, to live naively, freely and worry-free and to remember that it’s okay to break some rules, have some fun and eat that extra scoop of double chocolate ice cream!

Alex launched his debut collection at Vancouver fashion week spring summer 2015 as the winner of niche magazine’s emerging designer sponsorship competition. For my interview with him click HERE

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The Alex S. Yu fw2015 pop up shop/showroom will be held at @thisopenspace at 434 Columbia street, Chinatown from the 20th to 22nd March between12:00 – 19:00 every day.  A selected series of limited edition products will be available for purchase and pieces from the fw2015 collection will be available for pre-order directly from the designer.  Everyone, wholesale and buyers are all welcome.  Come and chat, have some fun, take a selfie, and eat a cookie!

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Style Diary – Vancouver Fashion Week – Day 5

 A smackering of red – THE colour of this fall and winter.  If you don’t want to go full on red from top to toe, this is the perfect way to incorporate it to stay on trend ;p

The Topshop coat pulled this fun back-to-school preppy look together just perfectly and it strangely reminds me of those big storage bags from the $$$ shop in London (my London peeps will know what I’m talking about ;p)

Outfit:  Dress & heels - Jennyfleur Loves / Coat – Topshop / Bag – Winners / Hat – Aritzia / Necklace & tights – H&M

Bump – 24 weeks ;p

 Pics by Jen Gray

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Style Diary – Vancouver Fashion Week – Day 3

Graphic prints, sporty street and 60s mod silhouettes!

This was certainly a fun outfit for Vancouver Fashion Week.  I was drawn like a moth to a flame with this bold paintbrush print in a 60s mod style dress. I added a bit of street with the printed leggings and a bit of sporty spice with the mesh layer underneath.  A little contrasting pop of colour never hurt anyone either – so paired it up with my fave blue suede ankle booties ;p

Outfit: Coat, earrings, necklace – Topshop / Dress, mesh top & leggings – H&M / Booties – Aldo / Bag – Winners / Nail polish – Urban Outfitters

Bump: 24 weeks ;p

Pics by Ash Fasken

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Style Diary – Vancouver Fashion Week – Day 2

I decided to go a little ghetto glam in this little ensemble for Day 2 of Vancouver Fashion Week.  Just love this fun blinged-up touk from Aldo. 

Outfit:  Croptop – Topshop / Jacket – Forever 21 / Skirt – Evan Clayton / Touk & ring – Aldo / Heels – Zara / Necklace – H&M / Bag – Fine Finds

Baby bump: 24 weeks ;p

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VANCOUVER FASHION WEEK – S/S 15 – DAY6

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.

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Connally McDougall

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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.

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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!

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Karen Yang

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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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Vlades

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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.

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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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VANCOUVER FASHION WEEK – S/S 15 – DAY 5

 

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.

 

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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!

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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 – Fashion on 4th

VANCOUVER FASHION WEEK – FASHION ON 4TH

By: Justine Barnes

Vancouver Fashion Week is not just a week full of runway, there are also other great events that are being held. One in particular took place on Thursday, September 19, called Fashion on West 4th in collaboration with Vancouver Fashion Week to promote local retailers.

After checking in at The Bimini Public House, which included a drink ticket and a VIP pass,  discounts and MORE drinks and appetizers at participating stores on West 4th Ave, we had the pleasure of listening to Sarah Bancroft, Editor-in-Chief of Vitamin Daily, who did a fantastic job at keeping the room full of women (and one man) entertained.  Before all of the ladies headed out to shop, a fashion show was put on to showcase the latest fall trends, showcasing items from the stores participating.  Over 20 stores that took part in the event, including Judith Charles, Gravity Pope, XO Bella, Cocos Closet, Mavi Jeans, Miz Mooz, Leo Boutique, Wink and Willo, Two of Hearts and more.

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It turned out to be a beautiful night to be shopping.  Each store had a different discount and special promotion on offer.  Once the shopping experience was over, we headed back to the Bimini Public House to receive our free gift bag full of products from the stores, Escents Aromatherapy, Lush, Coco’s Closet and a free lunch from Bimini Public House and other gifts!  What a fab way to end the evening.

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A great event to promote exploring the stores on 4th Avenue and meet some lovely people who have similar interests.  If you missed the event you can still go out and support these stores on West 4th and support your city by shopping locally!

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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.

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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

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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.

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Images:  Peter Jensen

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Vancouver Fashion Week – with Covergirl, Olay & Pantene

Vancouver Fashion Week – Hair & Makeup

By: Justine Barnes

Ever wonder what’s happening behind the bright lights and big screen?  We sneaked backstage to catch up with the hair and makeup team to see what they were up to and get their take on what what’s trending for f/w 2014.

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Make-up Artist: Jesse Gadspy, Vancouver

Q: Which products are you working with this week?

A: VFW is sponsored by Covergirl and Olay products this year ;p

Q: What are your favorite products to work with this week?

A: We have been using a lot of the Covergirl Eyeshadow Palette #282, which offers silver and gold shades.  Other Covergirl products we have been using for many looks are the Bombshell Shine Shadow #320 (cream eyeshadow), Flamed Out #350 (eyeshadow pencil), Lip Perfection #315 & #345 (lipstick)

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Q: Which shows have been your most creative looks?

A: I enjoyed doing the looks for Crafess collection. There was a fun Miley Cyrus feel to the look. We added very bold brows for the models.  The Jeehyun Lee collection was fun creating the silver, gold metallic looks and I enjoyed doing the make-up for Priscilia Canivet and La Selle College - they had very romantic looks, with soft, naked eyes.

Q: How many styles/looks are you creating in 1 hour?

A: We get 20 minutes per model, so about 3 models per hour, but we do as many as possible.

Q: Fall tips and trends that for fall 2014?

A:  The 90s, with spiced lips in brown tone lip colors.  Also, deep purple and red lips are in. We are seeing a lot of vampy eyes, which is a bare eye, with a defined crease on the eyelid.  Matte skin is fresh for fall, with no shimmer and nothing heavy looking on the skin. Everyone is also loving the Kim Kardashian face contouring and perfect brows.

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Hair Stylist: Bella Vida, Vancouver

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Q: Which products are you working with this week?

A: VFW is sponsored by Pantene Hair Products this year ;p

Q: What are your favorite products to work with this week?

A: My favorite product to use this week is the Pantene Keratin Serum.  It helps smooth out the hair, especially with all the backcombing going on.

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Q: What are some popular hairstyles you have created this week?

A:  There have been a lot of braids and plenty of volume and backcombing.

Q: How many styles/looks are you creating in 1 hour?

A: We get 15 minutes per model and sometimes even less when it is crunch time! [Eeeeeek]

Q: Fall tips and trends for fall 2014?

A: Colored ombre hair with dark red or violet.  Or you can do an all over color with red or violet if you really want to stand out.

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VANCOUVER FASHION WEEK – S/S 2015 – DAY 3

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”.

Marita

Marita1

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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.

Lozena

Images: Peter Jensen

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.

  Shravan Kumar1

Images: Peter Jensen

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VANCOUVER FASHION WEEK – S/S 2015 – DAY @

 By: Nicolette & Rachelle Lupton

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.

Vancouver Fashion Week Li Liu

Vancouver Fashion Week Lu Liu

Li Liu Vancouver Fashion Week

Images: Peter Jensen

Shen Seul ji, who debuted a more sporty collection while still giving it that fashion feel with mesh and sheer fabrics.

Shen Seul ji Vancouver Fashion week

Shen Seul ji Vancouver Fashion Week

Images: Peter Jensen

Sara Armstrong showcased an androgynous collection of men’s and women’s simple and practical pieces.

Sara Armstrong Vancouver Fashion Week

Images: Peter Jensen

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.

  Alex S Yu Vancouver Fashion Week

Alex S. Yu Vancouver Fashion Week

Alex S Yu Vancouver Fashion Week

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