Wednesday morning my write-ups from the day before went quickly, so I was able to do some prep for what lay ahead. With a huge line-up of 20 shows coming today at Vancouver Fashion Week (VFW) - Lasalle College (7 look collections by 5 students), 8 Vancouver based runway shows and 7 shows from Canada, the U.S and international locations - I wanted to be able to relax and enjoy the creativity these designers offered.
Symone Says - wearing Designer Doll Fashions by DK - again led the crowd through a great evening of shows, keeping the energy high. And the runway was always filled during breaks with excited, well-dressed attendees snapping pictures and sharing comments about their favourite looks on the runway.
Today I finally pulled out a cherished top I have had waiting for the right moment for a few years. To wear something from a artist you have interviewed and respect is a real high for me. I had struggled to figure out how I wanted to style it. Finally I decided to go with what I'm calling my international look.
|Shot on my little camera!|
A reminder - all local designers will be featured in my Shop Local column that I will add to as quickly as possible. Tuesday's designers just went live this morning. The Lasalle College student show - produced by fashion stylist Tracey Pincott. professional models from Lizbell Agency, music from students at the Sarah McLachlan School of Music (SOM) and technical work by Nimbus School of Recording and Media - will also be featured in a separate column.
Here are the three out of the area designer I decided to recap today -
Toronto-based Lesley Hampton is a First Nation wearable artist and a graduate of the Honours Bachelor of Arts degree program between University of Toronto Mississauga and Sheridan College. Her studies were specialized in Art and Art History, with a concentration in Sculpture, Photography, and Video. She is currently in the Fashion Techniques and Design Diploma program at George Brown College. Her brand is focused on creating couture art that will give the wearer strength and confidence.
Australian designer Natasha Chiew graduated in 2015 from the University of Technology of Sydney, where she earned a Bachelor of Fashion and Textiles Design (Honours). During her final year, the designer undertook the NSW Business Chamber and was named a finalist. Chiew's womenswear is inspired by the female form as well as her interest in art and architecture. Her F/W 16 collection is called Mercury Rising.
I absolutely have no idea what to say about this show - only that I am so glad I was in my seat last night to see it. There is a huge mystery here. When you look at the VFW bio or do a web search of Sagitteo, all you get is a video. I literally flew back stage after this show ended to try to get some insight. No luck. A lovely group of five were in charge. They all smiled and said it was a mystery and that the artist was not here. One took my card and promised to send me something. HERE is what I received -
"The name of the show is #4 project. Actually, there is no inspriation for this collection. The designs come from daily life experience what we saw and felt. There is no sketch on those designs and created from personal interest by brain storming. We also tried to use different fabric and texture to find out the possibility of the hamony of the outfits. Our brand established based on us who are brother and sisters and we would like people to know about out brand as a group rather than just a designer. At the same time, we do not want people only focus on the outfit, but more they can feel the impression and atmosphere. That is almost what we are. It was so glad to meet you last night and let me know if you would like to know more. Thank you. Kathrina"