Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Bloodrealms - Book 2 in the Bloodmark Saga Trilogy by Aurora Whittet

Review of Bloodmark (book 1) - Here!
Review of Bloodmoon (book 3) - coming Dec. 6th

Synopsis - 

Werewolf princess Ashling Boru's eighteenth birthday is only a year away, which means that she only has twelve months before she is claimed and fulfills her prophecy to unite the packs and lead her people. Her father decrees that her four suitors must fight in the Bloodrealms, the werewolves' ancient underground fighting world, and the winner will have King Boru's choice to win Ashling's hand. The wolf laws are rigid and barbaric, and Ashling's illicit love for Grey, if discovered, will mean his death. But when Ashling and Grey get trapped in the blood-soaked depths of the Bloodrealms, they find ancient horrors far greater than Ashling's father's rule.

With betrayal around every corner and old nemeses set to destroy Ashling, she is more divided than ever between the destiny she didn't choose and the love that she did. To make matters worse, her decision will not only set the course of her future, but the future of her entire race.

Review - 

Bloodrealms is book 2 in YA trilogy reminiscent of the Twilight series.

The main character of Ashling - a werewolf princess - is nearing her 18th birthday, a crucial time in a werewolf prophecy. The prophecy declares at this time, she is to be betrothed to one of four suitors after which she must fulfill her destiny to unite all the packs, leading them into a new human/werewolf era where all are reconnected with Old Mother. 

Each of the four suitors must enter a dark and unimaginably evil underground arena called the Bloodrealms. There they must be victorious in a battle to win her hand. Her true love Grey is one. Grey and Ashley's love must be kept hidden or he will be put to death, something that is difficult to say the least. Their soul connection increases daily and the pull is now so strong it's almost impossible to control. In an attempt to gain a moment of privacy, they become lost in the dangerous catacombs of this area. Will they find a way out before the evil that lurks there finds them?

A great series and best read right from the start. While I enjoyed each book in this series, book two went into a very dark space with truly horrifying evil for a very large part of the book.  Because of this I would recommend that it be read by those at the upper range of the YA series.

Buy the book: Amazon ~ Barnes & Noble


Meet the Author 

Great behind the scenes author interview - HERE!

Aurora Whittet started out as a wild red-haired girl in Minnesota dreaming up stories for her friends to read. Mama’s Knight: A Cancer Story of Love is just the latest in a string of acclaimed works. Her first official writing endeavor became The Bloodmark Saga, featuring a werewolf princess-turned-ruler who falls in love with a human boy. Her first novel in the Bloodmark Saga, Bloodmark, came out in 2013, followed by Bloodrealms in 2014 and the final book Bloodmoon in 2016.

Connect with the author: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Evan Clayton Fashion Debut - MAHŌ SHŌJO SS17

Illustration by Laura Bowman
Runway photos by Dayne Tank
Excerpt from his press release - 

MAHŌ SHŌJO..is an explosion of exaggerated femininity. Classic tropes from 
the "magical girl" genre are exhumed and amplified, creating a saccharinely 
sweet aesthetic for the coming season. The show features an all-star cast 
including Julie Vu, Yungemily, futurespice, Jane Smoker, Gia Metric, 
Hailey Porter, and more. The collection also marks the debut of a men’s s
wim and underwear capsule collection and will be showcased by Strongjaws 
and Jordan Kilik

Sailor Moon, Puella Magi Madoka Magica, and other magical girl genre 
media provide the template for the SS17 EVAN CLAYTON consumer. She'll 
be clad in patent leather, slick silk twills, and the sharp silhouette that has 
now become synonymous with the brand. A jarring colour palette of crimson, 
black, optic white, metallic silver, and baby pink will jolt the viewer into action.

MAHŌ SHŌJO takes everything that EVAN CLAYTON has become known for 
and catapults it to previously undiscovered extremities.





















Fashion designer Evan Clayton brings a young, fresh eye to fashion that sometimes challenges me. I love it. I still remember his collection that included pieces created from clear vinyl and telling him I didn't understand. He smiled and offered to help. I never made it to his work space, but loved that reaction.  As in all art, fashion should stretch and push boundaries at times or it becomes stale. The industry needs fresh ideas, new ways of looking at silhouettes and sometimes a bit of shock therapy to wake us up.
























Clayton was originally not sure whether he wanted a career in fashion. In a September 2014 interview he shared, " I was very undecided in my teens and I almost didn't go to school for fashion. If I didn't get into Blanche Madonald, then I would have gone for marine biology." Fortunately for the fashion world he was accepted. The designer brings excellent training and tailoring skills to the table as well as a unique aesthetic. He moves easily between hard edged alternative and classic tailoring, hand painted leathers and softly draped, feminine silhouettes.























Each season is a surprise. Where will his imagination take him this time? At his Vancouver Fashion Week shows I have seen everything from models in clear vinyl walking the running with fake blood dripping from their mouths to a beautiful lingerie collection where each model, after walking the runway, placed themselves into a set. By the end he had created a stunning editorial image with all the models. To see the image go to the link below!























Clayton's new S/S 2017 collection - MAHŌ SHŌJO - was launched to an appreciative crowd on November 18th in Vancouver.  It was the designer's first collection released in a solo presentation. The intimate setting filled with friends, family and fans let us enjoy the experience more. We had the time to savour each piece without having to worry about being in our seats for the next show. After the final bows, models circulated with guests to give them a closer look at the details and feel the fabric.






















The four colour palette featured white, silver, red and black. Fabrics included - leather, woven, knit and metallic. While there was a full range of silhouettes, I was especially taken with the separates. I was also drawn to all the wonderful detailing - hand painting, intricate stitching, studs and unique clasps (including a large paper clip).  One separate that stood out was a formed chest plate strapped on over other garments. You can see a black one over a black dress in the fourth photo strip (centre) and a red one over a red dress in the fifth photo strip (right).

Evan Clayton - Kudos on another great collection! 

Want to see some previous work by this amazing designer? Check out these previous seasons!
F/W 13 HERE
F/W 14 HERE
S/S 15 and a Q and A HERE.
S/S 16 HERE
F/W 16 HERE - You HAVE to see all models arranged at the end of the runway!














Links - 
Website - www.evanclayton.ca/
Facebook - www.facebook.com/evan.clayton/
Twitter - www.twitter.com/Evan_Clayton


EVAN CLAYTON MAHO SHOJO SS17 from Inga Avedyan on Vimeo.

Bio - 

Evan Clayton is a fashion designer who strives to marry art and fashion in such a way as to create political, personal and artistic expression. A graduate from the Blanche MacDonald Fashion Design program, Evan is trained in the art of tailoring and is well versed in the fluidity of drapery.

Influences include psychology, modern pop culture, French history and a variety of performance artists including Marina Abramovic, Lady Gaga and Jonna Lee of iamamaiwhoami. You will see these influences throughout the body of his work in fabric innovation, skilled tailoring and by pushing the boundary of the silhouette.

Evan is a skilled designer whose talents are ready to be shown on the world stage of fashion.

Monday, November 28, 2016

The Stages of Grace: Life and Love in the Face of Alzheimer's by Connie Ruben

A bittersweet debut memoir about love and 
about learning to live in the moment.

Synopsis - 


This book was written out of a desire to share with others who have loved ones with Alzheimer's disease what I have experience as Grace' caregiver and friend. I wanted to capture the emotions, the expected and the unexpected issues, the painful times as well as the humorous and loving moments that Grace and I have shared as a result of this disease. This is not mean to be a handbook for dealing with Alzheimer's disease, but I hope that by sharing my feelings and experiences, readers may recognize they are not alone on this particular journey.

Review - 

I have always been drawn to the stories of others - the reason my focus has been interviewing for the last decade.  So when this book came to my attention, it went right to the top of my to read list.

Stages of Grace is the author's very personal and very honest recounting of her journey as primary caregiver for her much loved mother-in-law, Grace. For anyone just starting down this road, I think there are tremendous insights to be found.  Ruben discusses her fears, the guilt in not being able to always KNOW exactly the right steps and how Alzheimer is a game where the rules are always shifting. While the main focus is on the the author's (and the family's) journey both physical and emotional, she tucks in nuggets of advice received from Grace's primary doctor and some of the talented heath care professionals she dealt with.  She also openly shares mistakes made as she navigated the unknown.

Hardest to read are those moments where Grace disappears and the disease takes over.  Each time the question arises - will they be able to bring her back this time?  So far the answer is yes.  Most uplifting are the moments of blessing that come. Yes, there are blessings to be found.

For family members just starting this journey with a loved one, I highly recommend Stages of Grace. It will offer you insight on ways to face what is ahead and permission to accept that sometimes you just don't know the answer. Even though there are tough moments - the author has written this account to  "...assure others that caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease can be enjoyable, life-affirming, and emotionally significant."

Buy the Book: Amazon ~ Amazon.ca


Meet the Author - 

Check out a great behind the scenes interview HERE!

Connie Ruben is an entrepreneur with well developed management skills. She has run several large companies, and prides herself on empowering others to work to their full potential. Connie also has an intimate knowledge of the challenges and joys of caring for a family member with Alzheimer’s disease, as her mother-in-law Grace was diagnosed with advanced Alzheimer’s disease in 2003. While Connie still struggles to balance her work life and home life, her understanding of this disease has made it easier for her to negotiate the demands of being a caregiver, as well as a wife, mother, and employer. She has written this book in order to share the insights she has gained as Grace’s primary caregiver and friend. Most importantly, Connie wants this book to assure others that caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease can be enjoyable, life-affirming, and emotionally significant.


Connect with the author: Website


Interview With Connie Ruben, Author of The Stages of Grace: Life and Love in the Face of Alzheimer's


















The shared journey your family has been on dealing with Grace's Alzheimer has been long. When along this road did the idea first arise to write The Stages of Grace? How long did it take to move from first idea to begin the writing process?

I never thought of writing the book until I found myself in a situation in which I was so physically and emotionally drained and yet a stranger needed my attention. As I was on overload, I went to the airport several hours early on purpose so I could have some time just for me.. I ordered a glass of wine and before I could even take a sip, I noticed the woman sitting next to me was sobbing.. I leaned over to see if I could help her and she informed me her father had just been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and she was terrified about what lay ahead. I spent the next couple of hours chatting with her and sharing my journey. It was at the end of this conversation that I said, I’m sure out load, “I’m going to write a book”. I’m the type of person that acts on things I am sure of and I purchased a tape recorder within a week and began recording stories.

What was your motivation to share this very private and honest accounting of your experiences? Was it hard to share about your struggle with feeling of failure?


What I found surprising was that it was the telling of the stories, the writing of the book that helped me appreciate the deep emotional effect of the last many years that I had not faced. I would find myself sobbing and sometimes completely overwhelmed with emotion as I relived the moments. It was also the writing of the story about Margarita, my first caregiver that helped me put the relationship into a better prospective and allowed me to forgive myself. I’m not even sure I was aware that I needed this forgiveness.

What was the hardest loss? What was the greatest gift? 


Watching a person who I loved and respected and who was love and respected by so many reach a place in life where she was more child than adult just broke my heart. Watching my husband as he dealt with his heart break at losing his mother while she was still in front on him was just as bad. The gift came and continues to come as Grace in her disease helps me become a better person. She has taught me a love and a patience I did not know was possible inside myself. She, in the depth of Alzheimer’s has made be a better person.

With such a busy work schedule combined with you and your husband's responsibilities at home supporting Grace, how did you fit in the time to write and edit?


Review HERE!
It was not easy, especially as I thought it would be.. At the time I started the process, I was walking to and from work each day which took me 30 minutes each way. This gave me time uninterrupted for the recordings to be made. I just walked and talked.. The next part was more difficult as it did take time away from Grace and Peter and sleep. Thankfully, Peter is a closet editor, so having him assist with the process was great and he obviously knew the stories as well as I did.


What did you love most about the writing process? What did you like the least? 

I have to be honest and say that outside of the emotional healing this process provided me, I really did not love writing. It’s not something I enjoy. The part I enjoyed the least was the editing. I just wanted it to be done and if were not for people around me, the book would have been done, but certainly not even close to where it is.


As with all challenges we face, there are life lessons to be found. What life lessons have you learned from your journey dealing with Alzheimer? Did the process of writing it down bring any surprise gifts - clarity, closure, peace?


We use the expressions “keep it simple”, or “just lighten up” but those words take on a new, more honest meaning in dealing with Alzheimer’s. I have a tendency to try to control my world, and I had to learn sometimes the hard way this was not possible with this disease.

As difficult as it has been and though there have been and continue to be times when I just don’t think I can do it anymore, I am also so very grateful for this journey. I’m grateful for all it has given me and the humility it has forced upon me. I’m also grateful for what it has done for my family as our three daughters have watched and I believe they are better wives and mothers for being part of Grace’s life in dealing with Alzheimer’s.

What would you most like readers to take away from Stages of Grace?


Accept people for who they are, even just in that moment, rather than who you need them to be. You will be happier and have much deeper peace.

Any advice for others wanting to write books on their journeys caring for loved ones?


Its hard, but worth it. I would also so make sure of your agenda. I had to re-write the book twice as I spent more time venting than writing. Take the time to understand why you want to tell the story

Connect with the author: Website 


Thursday, November 24, 2016

Interview with Aurora Whittet, author of the Bloodmark Saga Trilogy


Can you share a bit about your journey to becoming a writer/published author?

I started writing bizarre and quite terrible novels for my friends when I was in the 6th grade and I just kept on writing ever since, but when my mom was diagnosed with cancer for a second time, I decided if it was something I wanted to do, I needed to do it now, for tomorrow wasn't promised. So I did! I started the Bloodmarks Saga and I was lucky enough to meet an amazing editor Amy Quale of Wise Ink Publishing and we hit it off! She not only made my novels better with her editing skills, but was also a cheerleader on the way.

What inspired the storyline for the Blookmark Series? The unique werewolf characters we meet? The diverse settings offered?

I have a fascination with Celtic Mythology and wolves, so the two married together quite nicely to make the foundation of the Bloodmark Saga, and I wanted a heroine that grew and fought and learned with the reader. Ashling isn't infallible, but she's a fighter. I wanted her to have a variety of people around her, both good and bad and all the layers in-between. Baran is one of my favorites, I must admit. I also wanted the clash of Old World roles for women to collide with Ashling's strong will, because that is still an issue today for women trying to find equality. 
Review HERE


I love using the senses to create the settings around you in a way that they almost become a character themselves, they were inspired by actual research of places around the world and mythical places, giving the reader the ability to truly put all those worlds into ours and wonder if it was all real. 

Did you need to do a lot of research on mythology and the places the story was set in? How much of what we read was based on research and how much was created from imagination?

I did a lot of research on mythology and werewolves and the Celtic world, and then I twisted it into the world we live today. I wanted the reader to feel the connection to the truth of them, while allowing the legends to morph into new worlds to be discovered. Imagination changed a lot of things, because history is fuzzy as to why a lot of historical places or carvings existed, so its fun to add new perspectives.

How do your organize your time when working on a new book - writing, research, pre-marketing, etc.?


Oh gracious! That's a difficult task. Right this moment I am promoting the Bloodmark Saga, about to launch a children's book for moms with cancer called Mama's Knight: A Cancer Story of Love, writing a new YA novel, illustrating another children's book, and prepping for a class about Author Branding at the LOFT literary center . . . all while being a mom. So it is truly a wild ride! I like to draw when my son is drawing, so we dual task, but writing is solo and typically late at night. As for marketing, if you aren't careful it will be all day long. So I like to try to keep it to morning, be social then, and in the afternoon be an introvert. I also have a notebook, and I make little check boxes and write down all my tasks to keep myself on track. 

There are sections of this trilogy that are extremely dark, especially when Ashling and Grey are lost in the Bloodrealms. How does working in such a dark space affect you personally? How do you put that behind you when you stop for the day.

Review coming Nov. 30th
I will stay up super late just so I don't have to leave my characters in scary places. I kind of feel like they are my friends and if I go to sleep while they are in peril that I'm not being a good friend. I truly cried with them, I was scared with them, and when I finished the third book I missed them. I do keep a notebook in my purse and make voice memos on my phone when I randomly think of things to help the characters. Heck I even have used my son's shower crayons to make notes to myself on the shower walls, but there are times that I have to leave my characters in bad places, and it is hard not to think about them all day, but when you spend most of your time with a toddler it is easy to find things to giggle about.

While this is labeled YA, there is a lot of darkness, violence and physical passion included. What age group do you recommend?

I typically recommend 13+ depending on their interests and reading level. The saga does fit into the YA standards and though it is dark and violent and passionate, it isn't outside the norm for the category. When parents ask me that question, I ask what their child has currently been reading, that gives me an idea of their taste, to know if the darkness would be off-putting to that young reader or not. I certainly would never want a reader or their parents to be surprised. I have been at book signings with these young readers and they never cease to inspire me, they find the parts of the novel that helped them cope with life, friendship, loss, love . . . all of it. Books are places to learn, be inspired or find a friend when you need one. I love hearing from them what their favorite part was. One reader told me "I love Ashling's sass!".

Any advice for young authors wanting to write books in this genre? 

Review coming Dec. 6th
Read always. Not because you think of them as your competition or idles, but because you love to read. It keeps you sharp, teaches you new things and pushes your boundaries. The key to writing is never stop trying. Take classes at places like the LOFT.ORG, your local community education, elective classes at school, and enter contests. Every opportunity you come across, do it! Though you may be afraid of new things, places or people, don't let the fear stop you, let it fuel you. You are exactly who you are supposed to be, so don't try to be anyone else, because the world needs you!

What would you most like readers to know about you?

I'm just like you. I started out writing in sixth grade with enormous, messy, red hair and buck teeth. It doesn't matter what you look like or where you came from, you can be anything you want to be.

Will there be any new books in this series?

I'm considering doing a prequel to the series that follows some of the other characters in the novel, long before Ashling is born. I spent so much time creating their back stories that I want to share their stories.

Connect with the author: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook


Bloodmark - Book 1 in the Bloodmark Saga Trilogy by Aurora Whittet

Review of Bloodrealms (book 2) - Here.
Review of Bloodmoon (book 3) - coming Dec. 6th

Synopsis -

Sixteen-year-old werewolf princess Ashling Boru is different from other wolves--she was able to shift to a wolf at birth. Rather than bringing pride to her family, it brings fear, and she is sent to live in Ireland's secluded countryside. Ashling's reputation is further blackened when she refuses her betrothed, defying the ancient laws. When her pack's oldest rivals begin to hunt her, she finds herself in the small town of York Harbor, Maine, far from everything she's known.

When she crosses paths with dark and rebellious Grey Donavan, something ignites within her soul. There's just one problem: Grey is human. Their instant connection turns into a passionate romance, and Ashling begins to believe she can create her own life outside of wolf laws. When she uncovers long-buried pack secrets that threaten to destroy all she holds dear, Ashling's courage and tenacity are tested. Will she choose her deep and enduring love for Grey or will she follow Old Mother's path to her destiny?

Review - 

This is a YA trilogy reminiscent of the Twilight series. The main character - Ashling - is a werewolf princess who has been separated from her pack from a young age. She lives with her mother in an isolated cottage with only rare visits from a favourite brother. WHY? Well that slowly becomes clear over the course of the story line, but it is obvious she is in danger from almost the start.

An older wolf - Baran - forcefully takes her on a wild dash to safety. He takes her far away from her home and family in Ireland to his home one the shores of York Harbor, Maine. Here she has to learn to blend in, eat human food, attend school and pretend to be the average American teenager - not an easy task.  Then Grey walks into her life, a human she is irresistibly drawn to from first meeting.  Her protector bans her from seeing him, but the pull is too great. Unfortunately Grey's father is a Bloodsucker, a member of a group dedicated to killing werewolves.

A dangerous noose slowly tightens around Ashling as she tries to stay under the radar and pass as human, while werewolves with evil intentions try to find her and Bloodsuckers come ever closer.

A great series best read right from the start. I would recommend it for the more mature end of the YA age group as it can be dark and any adults like me who still love a great YA series.

Buy the book: Amazon ~ Barnes & Noble



Meet the Author

Great behind the scenes author interview - HERE!

Aurora Whittet started out as a wild red-haired girl in Minnesota dreaming up stories for her friends to read. Mama’s Knight: A Cancer Story of Love is just the latest in a string of acclaimed works. Her first official writing endeavor became The Bloodmark Saga, featuring a werewolf princess-turned-ruler who falls in love with a human boy. Her first novel in the Bloodmark Saga, Bloodmark, came out in 2013, followed by Bloodrealms in 2014 and the final book Bloodmoon in 2016.

Connect with the author: Website ~ Twitter ~ Facebook

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

VALT 2016 Night 2 - Theme: VOLUME - "To hear, to be deafened, or to play with enormity or slightness."


"VALT differs from more traditional fashion 
weeks in several ways, with the most obvious being 
that fashion is not the entire focus of the event," explains Creative Director, Kat Ferneyhough. "We 
host a visual art exhibition, screen short films, as 
well as present live musical acts and performance 
art pieces. VALT is about living in an Alternative Fashion, and it is so much more than simply 
showing unique clothes."

Day 2 of Vancouver Alternative Fashion Week (#VALT2016) started a bit crazy for me. Parking was seriously hard to find this day. I'm not sure why, but it took a long time to locate an open space. No worries, I had left home early, so was happily ensconced in my seat in time for the evening's shows.

The theme tonight was VOLUME!  In preparation I brought a pair of ear plugs just in case, but somehow didn't get them out of my purse in time.  I quickly tucked my fingers in my ears until the next break, but felt this tap on my shoulder mid-show. There was co-founder Kat Ferneyhough with a pair in hand! That's the kind of personal touch that makes this event so special. Everyone involved always goes that extra mile.

Our host for the evening's activities was Harrison Oswald - per his VALT bio a fire performer, club doorman, prop maker, costume maker and all round unicorn. His make-up was striking and he easily walked the runway in this incredible pair of heels. I was seriously impressed.


Guests from all walks of life mingled and connected while enjoying the night's fashion shows, stage & musical performances, the art gallery and cash bar.  One difference tonight from last night was that more members of the alternative scene came dressed to the nines. Turns out Sin City was holding an event that night as well. I loved it!

Again - a picture is worth a thousand words, so I am going to again let the incredible images by Peter give you a window into the evening. Enjoy!
Featured Visual Artists -

David Righton, Elaine Foster-Barrick, Famous Empty Sky, Flavia Chan, Irene Eaves, Jaclyn Lord-Purcell, Jenn Brisson, Jennifer Chernecki, Leilani Finch, Lydia Fu, Mad Betty, Marie Caldwell, Megan Majewski, Phresha, Unky Lastrange andVicki Lynn Rae

Vancouver Alternative Arts & Fashion Week - VALT - #VALT2016 provides Vancouver's wildly explosive underground arts scene with a unique departure from typical arts affairs. This three-day event boasts over 50 jury-selected artists, musicians, performers and designers, in a celebration and promotion of unbridled creativity. VALT encompasses wearable art, music (from solo musicians to full contemporary bands to electronic artists), drawing, painting, mixed-media works, sculpture, film (documentary, art film and narrative), performance art (from short theatrical works, to interpretive dance and beyond), photography and interactive installations.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

VALT 2016 Night 1 - Theme: VISION - "To see, to be blinded, or to have a glimpse into or an idea of the future."

Images courtesy of Peter Jensen Photography

"VALT differs from more traditional fashion 
weeks in several ways, with the most obvious being 
that fashion is not the entire focus of the event," explains Creative Director, Kat Ferneyhough. "We 
host a visual art  exhibition, screen short films, as 
well as present live musical acts and performance 
art pieces. VALT is about living in an Alternative Fashion, and it is so much more than simply 
showing unique clothes."

#VALT20016 holds a special significance for founders Kat Kozak and Kat Ferneyhough. It is their 5th season offering this showcase of alternative fashion, music and art.  A great milestone.  And the show continues to get better each year.

What I love best about attending VALT each season is its warmth. Everyone helping is relaxed. Smiles are frequent and questions are answered graciously. I have no idea if there is chaos ensuing backstage, but the front of the house vibe is fabulous. As this event is a celebration of our uniqueness, you'll see guests dressed in every style from conservative to striking alternative mixing, mingling and laughing together. A beautiful oasis in a world obsessed with differences.


The theme this evening was VISION - To see, to be blinded, or to have a glimpse into or an idea of the future. Our host was the beautiful model, Editor in Chief of Beautymark Magazine, writer, public speaker, and self love activist Ruby Roxx. She guided us graciously through an evening filled with stunning fashions and great performances. A gallery of artwork by visual artists and cash bar offering a wide range of drink/snacks kept the breaks interesting!

As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words, so I'll let the images do the rest of the talking.  I have tried to include as many links as possible in case you want to know more about any of the designers or performers.

Featured Designers - 

Nathaly Barberi Design - Student Award Winner

















LittleKing Designs

















Royal Dissension by Angela Nicholson




Carolyn Bruce Designs - Steampunk Jewelry



















FEATURED PERFORMERS

Neon Rose (left) - Miracle Dance Co. (right)




Phono Pony














Featured Visual Artists - 

David Righton, Elaine Foster-Barrick, Famous Empty Sky, Flavia Chan, Irene Eaves, Jaclyn Lord-Purcell, Jenn Brisson, Jennifer Chernecki, Leilani Finch, Lydia Fu, Mad Betty, Marie Caldwell, Megan Majewski, Phresha, Unky Lastrange andVicki Lynn Rae

Vancouver Alternative Arts & Fashion Week - VALT - #VALT2016 provides Vancouver's wildly explosive underground arts scene with a unique departure from typical arts affairs. This three-day event boasts over 50 jury-selected artists, musicians, performers and designers, in a celebration and promotion of unbridled creativity. VALT encompasses wearable art, music (from solo musicians to full contemporary bands to electronic artists), drawing, painting, mixed-media works, sculpture, film (documentary, art film and narrative), performance art (from short theatrical works, to interpretive dance and beyond), photography and interactive installations.