|Image by Sam Stringer|
Both the local designers, the VCC show and designer Amber Nifong will be covered in separate articles. Links will be posted at the bottom as they become available.
Wednesday started badly for me as I woke up with a terrible scratchy throat. Not now - not with so many shows ahead. Thankfully I have amazing friends. Ha Na (a wonderful local artist) found out I was ailing, pulled out a small bottle of herbal treatment, had me rub a bit on my throat and within the hour all was well. I was energetic, chatting, posing and making connections which is always such a big part of the fun each season. Emcee Symone Says also added to the excitement. There is honestly no one I know who connects with a crowd better than Symone. Kudos my friend on rocking it both Tuesday and Wednesday.
I decided to go from full colour Tuesday to a mostly black/white palette on Wednesday. My fabulous skull print top is from Vancouver designer Kjaer Neletia Pedersen of K-O.ME Clothing, my textured skinny black skirt is by RozeMerie Cuevas of JAC and my dark pink Skull Heels are from Iron Fist. What was really fun tonight was that eight of us were wearing K-O.ME and we managed to snag a picture with six on the runway together! Unfortunately the other two had to leave a little earlier.
|Kat Kozak, Randi Winter, Symone Says, Myself, Jenneil Peter|
and Kjaer Pederse - Image by Ed Ng Photography
Tumiila by Tumisola Ladega
|Images by Ed Ng Photography|
Tumiila by Tumiila Ladega is a British label founded in 2012. She was only 13 years old at the time. I love this quote from her website on inspiration - "...I design a wide range of clothes from ready to wear couture to avant guard. I love the use bold colours or patterns that would otherwise clash to make a beautiful garment. I also like to use a range of patterns and prints such as african wax prints because I feel it makes the design extra special. I take inspiration from everything whether it’s a plug socket or blinds, anything can make a beautiful garment."
|Image by Mike Wu|
Alisa Tovmanyan of Tovmali
|Images by Ed Ng Photography|
Tommy Chong really caught the audiences attention. Menswear is always exciting to see on the runway, but taken to an edgy, conceptual level makes everyone sit up. Chong is a recent graduate of Raffles Hong Kong and this was his grad collection. Called "Extrication’’ - it was inspired by Botticeli’s ‘’Map of Hell’’ and a Japanese novel, ‘’Kawaki’’. The designer forges cloths of usual business suits into apparel that reflects the Shibari (Japanese art of tying) and Samurai. The collection caught the attention of many in the fashion world. Extrication was invited to showcase on the runway at Hong Kong Fashion Week and was featured by JET magazine in its Aug 2015 issue!
|Image by Ed Ng Photography|
For me - I love anyone who challenges the norm. Designers who bring interesting ideas like this are the ones who change the industry. While you may not see these exact looks in stores, I can assure you, some of the detailing here will find its way into ready-to-wear in the next year or so. I have my eye on this designer and hope he will return next season to show us where his journey will take him next.