|Nicolette Lang-Andersen, Samantha Sito, Andy Chu|
Irena De Marco, Myself (holding Felix's hand for support)
Felix Tavira and Jennifer Gray - Image by Dan Poh
This season, Vancouver Fashion Week took a moment to take a celebratory look back at a few of the wonderful artists who have shaped our community. Four were mentioned that we have lost in the last couple of years: Helen Lefeaux who founded an amazing design school which brought European couture techniques to Vancouver students; fashion designer Manuel Mendoza, well-known for his wonderful bridal fashions in particular (check out Quality, Unique Fit, Perfect Touches by guest writer Natasha Bhatnagar Chaube); highly respected photographer Gregory Crow who not only offered great work, but mentored many; and the incomparable Virginia Leeming, the former Vancouver Sun fashion editor whose presence is still felt today.
|The one and only - local icon Virginia Leeming|
Next came a runway preview of the exciting designers we would be seeing this week. This is a great way to introduce the new season to those in attendance, hopefully encouraging everyone to step out each night to see the full collections. There are many I have my eye on after perusing their websites. As I was feeling quite emotional after the tribute and will be in my seat for most shows, I headed up to the VIP lounge to catch up with more friends, enjoy a glass of wine and some great
|With Patti Desante|
Hands down to everyone involved for a great opening night and a special thank-you to founder Jamal Abdourahman for bringing so many international designers to my personal doorstep. I absolutely cannot wait to get in my seat and view the first day of shows. Hope to see you there!
|Images by Kuna Photography|
For show schedule and to purchase tickets go to www.vanfashionweek.com.