As I couldn't be at Vancouver Fashion Week on day 4, I went to the venue earlier in the day to look at some of the collections backstage and talk with the designers personally. It was actually great to hear them enthuse about their collections and to see the incredible detailing up close. I did not manage to find all the people showing on Saturday unfortunately, so am limited to choosing from those I did talk with. Here are 3 from the day 4 slate. There will be a separate article on designer Adriana Santa Cruz as the back story on her collection is truly special. Hopefully I can get that up later today or by Monday morning at the latest, so be sure and check back.
NOTE - Again I want to make it clear that I am only writing up a few designers each day that caught my eye for one reason or another. It's always hard to select who to cover as every designer puts their all into creating a show for the audience. Every person looks at fashion differently, so I encourage you to go to the VFW's list of designers with website links and check out the other brands that showcased each day. There's some amazing work not covered here to surprise you. Other writers are also covering other designers - so check out the listings on the VFW Facebook page.
LUVON designer Liu Lu was born in Bejing and has studied fashion both in Paris and at Parsons in New York where she earned the Golden Thimble Award. After working a while with celebrity stylist GK Reid, she decided to leave a promising career in the United States and returned to China to launch her label. LUVON is designed with the concept of promoting the new age women. They are sophisticated, yet giving. The designer shared, "It's not about outer beauty anymore, it's about inner beauty and spirit - how loving you are." Her label is known for classic elegance and playful sexiness. F/W '13 is titled "Reserved." The tailoring in particular is exceptional and the draping beautiful. I enjoyed being able to ask Lu her favourite garment this season and it's the ivory coat second from right. Those folds below the belt are actually pockets. Kudos to the designer for the deceptive way they flow into the lines of this coat. I agree - this is a stand out piece.