Flirty garden- party looks and slim double- breasted jackets take centre stage
Vancouver Fashion Week has injected a shot of energy into the style scene, showcasing international, local and emerging designers.
The 10th edition of Vancouver Fashion Week, which kicked off Wednesday with a glitzy gala and wraps up this weekend at the Empire Landmark Hotel in Vancouver, has injected a shot of energy into the local style scene, showcasing international, local and emerging designers.
In a new location with a longer runway and more space, the event has a more polished feel to it than in past years.
Today, menswear takes over the runway as Montreal’s Dusseault, Deuce, Malicious Manor and Decadence introduce their fall collections alongside Vancouver’s Drew Williams. Williams also will debut his first women’s collection. Retarded Velvet and couture designer Porscia round out the womens-wear part of the evening.
On Sunday, the public will be introduced to some of Vancouver’s newest designers, including students Jen Cameron, Sarah Runnalls, Andrea Bagna and Wilber Tellez. As well, selftaught newcomer Adrian Wu and Lori Dawn, who will show her third season, will take to the runway.
Lav & Kush, Red Jade and Eva Chen were set to show three sides of the more established local scene Friday.
But Thursday night’s runway presentations showed a feminine side to women’s fashions and a cleaned-up look for men. It was a world where women don’t wear trousers and men sport loosely tied skinny ties, pinstripes and jackets with jeans. Not a rocker among them.
Three labels showed new lines Thursday: Fever London, from London; and Hot Air and Civil Society, both from Los Angeles. Fever London’s collection consisted mostly of dresses for spring and summer, and the vintage-inspired frocks boasted brightly coloured prints and flirty garden-party looks.
The collection also included a series of maxi dresses, which, according to the company’s Larrainne Kaplan, are starting to take off.
“ We had it a couple of seasons ago and no one wanted to go near it. But I am starting to see a little bit more of it now.
“ Not every buyer goes for it because it is long and can be a difficult fit. But it’s great for weddings or for the beach scene,” Kaplan said.
Some buyers have sold out and have ordered more.
Many of the shorter dresses had a tropical vibe, featuring pelicans, palm trees and flamingos. The cuts flattered the waistline and the leg without being too short or low-cut.
Others channelled the Spanish señorita, one using black and white lace to garnish a neckline and hem.
Business attire, meanwhile, emphasized women’s curves in a Mad Men way, with sheath dresses and pencil skirts hinting at the shape without hugging every bulge.
Hot Air, which showed next, plays with the idea of adventure and exploration, especially in its playful T-shirt images.
The show led off with a kelly green flannel hoodie and jeans; it then moved into a nautical theme, with a navy striped cardigan and double-breasted navy cardigan over a pinstriped shirt. Denim vests and several jackets rounded out the collection.
Double-breasting also was evident in Civil Society’s line, which is described as exhibiting a relaxed, go-with-the flow attitude.
Here we saw lots of knitted cardigans and jackets, many of which were double-breasted but slim, rather than boxy.
Bright colours were on display, including purple and turquoise.
Self-taught newcomer Adrian Wu ( left) and model Caleigh, wearing one of his creations, ham it up for the camera at the gala opening for Vancouver Fashion Week.
Designer Porscia Yeganeh ( right), with a model wearing one of her creations, at the gala opening for Vancouver Fashion Week.