Granville Street was the location for the most recent fashion show by Yasuhiro Tomita (Tommy to his friends), the talented artist behind the RUKUS label. We are very fortunate to have such a unique designer here in Vancouver and the chance to view his new collection at a free show was amazing.
First a bit about Blim Market from their website - "BLIM is an independent, family-run art and craft facility now conveniently located in the heart of Vancouver’s Historic Chinatown. Our aim is to help build community through the spirit of fun and creativity, making the arts and crafts accessible to a wide range of skill sets and aims. Think of it as both a resource and platform for artists, a non-funded arts facility and small business run by and for artists." In addition to their storefront, they run several events over the year in locations such as Granville Street and the Heritage Hall.
|Left - designer Miwamimi Ishise with Keiko Boxall , |
Right - with 2 of my favourite people David Jack and Nicolette Lang-Andersen
|Aki Nakaoka on left, actress Mayumi Yoshida on right|
Tomita has been challenging the Vancouver fashion market since his arrival in 2011. He offers a line of unique jewellery created with precious and semi-precious stones and cutting edge clothing for the more daring fashionista all infused with his own very original point of view. For the show at Blim Market, he divided his Resort Wear 2014 collection into 2 shows with very diverse inspiration. The first half focused on the cults and darker sides of Vancouver. He even designed his own three skull image seen on the tops. The palette was predominately black balanced with offerings in white and grey. The fabric of the grey knit skirt - reminiscent of bones - is his own creation as well.
Garments in the second half - also a part of his Resort Wear 2014 collection - were influenced by Asian and Middle Eastern religions. While black and white anchored the palette, more colour was incorporated in this selection of looks through the inclusion of bright prints inspired by the jungle and insectivores.
Although this fundraising campaign is now finished, the designer and Qigong Healer will continue in his support for those afflicted with this debilitating disease. There is always hope and that includes not just more effective treatments, but a cure.
You can follow Yasuhiro Tomita on Facebook https://facebook.com/rukusfake and https://facebook.com/rukusnewage or check out one of his websites: http://www.rukus.jp and http://www.kira-tokyo.com