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Randi Winter, snapped by Randi!
There were several high moments yesterday including this great selfie snapped by my dear friend and doppelganger Randi Winter. No we are not the same person. No we are not biological sisters. Yes we are mistaken for each other all the time. Too funny.
Yesterday began for me with Volunteer Appreciation Day - something I started a few years ago. One day each season at Vancouver Fashion Week (VFW), I come in early laden with a big container of treats - this time cookies from Costco. I hand them out to all the people we don't see on the runway, but who make the week special - hair, make-up, sound techs, backstage staff, front of house staff, bar and more. This small gesture doesn't take much effort - but has a big impact. If you're attending today, find one person working the event to say thank-you to. You'll make their day.
Symone Says again stepped in as emcee - always a big plus for me. She brings great energy to the event and the audience responds. I loved her long dress this evening by Tetyana Golota. Really stunning. For my outfit, I chose a B/W short kimono inspired jacket along with skull print blouse and circular scarf by Kjaer Neletia Pedersen of K-O.ME Clothing. Added to this were a pair of pleather/knit leggings by JAC, some really cool edgy black earrings I picked up in a board shop in Maui and a pair of black heels decorated with tiny metals shiny dots.Jeffrey Li. He had a big voice and a maturity in his performance well above his age. It was also unbelievable to hear he had only been singing for two years.
On to my coverage. Today I chose Lesley Hampton, Gatsbylady London and Moon Choi to cover in this article. Models Own, 44511234 and Shelley Klassen for Blushing Boutique are featured in my Vancouver focused BUY LOCAL column. Last but not least, I will be doing an interview and separate article next week on Australian designer Lara Ireland.
This is the second season Lesley Hampton has shown on the runway at VFW. You can see the previous show HERE.
Toronto based designer Lesley Hampton is a First Nation wearable artist with degrees from both the University of Toronto and Sheridan College. She is currently adding to that by studying Fashion and design at George Brown College. She opened her show with a news style video covering the many, many first nation's women whose lives have been taken with very little government response. It was a reminder their names should not be forgotten and a call to action. The collection that followed led the audience on a journey of native mermaid folklore. Her designs were inspired by the connection between land and sea, hard and soft, human and earth. The mix of gowns and separates featured intricate appliqués, geometric sequins, pleathers and floral designs.