Vancouver Fashion Week (VFW) introduced an exciting new initiative this season to support and promote emerging local jewellery designers. The six finalists were carefully chosen by a jury composed of VFW representatives, a retailer and a stylist. These six offer a diverse range of styles ranging from romantic to minimalist, gothic, artful, boho and 3D print.
I couldn't be more excited as I know several of these designers and have great respect for their collections. In fact I was wearing a pair of earring from Street Cat Designs on Sunday so complete my all local outfit.
In case you didn't attend this day, or didn't have time to peruse their displays, here is a quick recap as well as a quote from VFW founder Jamal Abdourahman on why he chose to add this great initiative to the F/W 16 season.
Kat Made is for all the babes who love unique jewelry but want a piece that is affordable, fashionable and can be versatile. Pieces that compliment any outfit and make a statement leaving you feeling confident and looking babely. Always on trend these unique pieces will make anyone take a second look. From simple necklaces to wear as an every day piece to a must have boho coin necklace perfect to make you stand out in a LBD. You'll find a unique piece for any occasion. Kat Made Jewelry will leave you feeling confident in your overall look and make your outfits stand out from all the rest.
Lana Betty - Geometric Desires
Geometric Desires is a modern jewelry line uniting evolution and passion, combining beautiful materials and beautiful design. LanaBetty uses traditional jewelry making and the relatively new technique of 3D printing to create complex shapes and angular lines, balancing universal inspiration with on trend style. Designs are made using faceted semi-precious stones, sterling silver, brass, steel, and even gold. Geometric Desires is about treating yourself, your friends, and your family.
Because you’re worth it.
Fresh, affordable, and classically different! There are common elements in all of my pieces which reflect the designer's love affair with silver, semi-precious stones, and pearls! The use of silver and semi-precious stones allows women the option to wear Jen Ellis jewellery as everyday pieces. Designs cater towards a style that complements any outfit.
Pam Jackson - Street Cat Designs
Street Cat Designs Jewelry is a symphony of elegant gemstones, freshwater pearls and precious metals wrapped,coiled, crocheted and knitted into exquisite works of wearable art. No findings are used other than the chains. Everything single piece is made by hand, right down to the wires on the earrings. Custom orders can be made with a 2 to 3 day lead time as long as the gemstones are available.
Sikma's jewelry asserts the power of the artifact. No two pieces are alike. Each design is handcrafted and reflects the prismatic range of her influeces - the refinement of art deco, the ruggedness of engines, the mystique of the American southwest, the vertical peaks of the metropolis and beyond. Sikma fashions artifacts as unrepeatable as they are irreplaceable.
Christine Rio - Slate Jewellery
It starts with a sheet of metal. The creation and execution of handcrafted, intricate modern metalwork jewelry. Limited edition, or one-of-a-kind, artisan pieces that draw the eye in with detail and speak to the wearer about who she is. It is not about wearing an accessory. It is not about the latest pantone colour of the year. There is very little interest in trends. Wearing a piece of Slate Jewelry is about expressing yourself. It is about creating wearable art that is timeless. It is about making you feel beautiful.