Editorial postcard images by Victor John Penner
On November 7, 2012, The Art Institute of Vancouver's highly anticipated "Atelier Fashion Show" hit the runway at the Red Robinson Show Theatre in Coquitlam. An advance press release announced, "The audience will be treated to a peek into the designer's studio workshop and see some of the truly beautiful clothes being created there." Grad students showcased young, fresh looks for us to enjoy and it's always a pleasure to see what new elements their creativity has produced. They are the future of fashion. An interesting show element offered this year were printed postcards instead of the traditional program. Each designer had their own card featuring one look. The beauty is they can actually be used to send a note or collected like trading cards. Probably the odd show program is saved as a memento, but I suspect most end up in the trash at the end of the night. Kudos - it's a great concept!
The Atelier Fashion Show opened with a short introductory film and then 3 dashing male models came out to pump up the crowd. Who doesn't love great looking male models strutting their stuff? It worked. There was a palpable energy in the space by the time they exited the runway. Next the audience was blown away when Laura Jackson's strong collection of edgy garments exploded from behind the curtains. These sexy, powerful looks created out of latex had tons of intricate detailing and some serious impact. I think everyone in the audience sat up a bit taller. There is a great interview with Jackson on stylist Nicolette Lang-Andersen's blog. To read it click HERE.
|Opening collection by Laura Jackson|
The collections that followed were equally impressive. Originality and innovation ruled as silhouettes flowed between daywear, evening wear, mens wear, ethnic inspired and lingerie. Probably in sheer percentages, evening wear had the largest representation. I loved the use of textures in many garments created with either very interesting, 3D and cut away fabrics or by the addition of feathers, trims, etc. The vivid red in the 2 gowns below by Patrick Zhan and Kristine Mackenzie created a wow factor and Jill Smolkin's suit in the middle would be a great staple in any business wardrobe.