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Fiat Mode XXIII - VCC Grad Fashion Show
by Marilyn R. Wilson
photography by PETER JENSEN

Twenty-one Vancouver Community College Fashion Design graduates presented their five-piece design collections at the Rocky Mountaineer Station on September 29th. This year showcased the strongest groups of students collectively to date. 21 collections were presented with exceptionally sophisticated and polished designs. "These graduates live here, but bring influences from around the world," says Sal Ferreras, VCC's dean of design. "Each one brings his or her unique blend of background and creativity and we get to sit back at Fiat Mode and enjoy the results." And enjoy it we did.

The venue was standing room only. Pre-show everyone had the chance to enjoy wonderful appetizers catered by VCC Food Services, listen to great music by the Plastic Acid Quintet courtesy of the VCC School of Music and peruse the stunning student fashion portfolios on display. During the show it became clear how impossible the task would be of picking out just a few students to mention. Collection after collection presented strong concepts, great proportions and excellent tailoring. The school, however, selected several of the students to receive special honours that I would like to congratulate: the Gabriel Levy Scholarship was awarded to Nicole Obidowski, the Sally Hudson Award went to Reyhaneh Sadat-Mansouri, Outstanding Merit in Design was received by Blake Hyland and the Significant Achievement in Design was won by Robynne Redgrave McPherson.

For more information on the fashion program at Vancouver Community College go to www.vcc.ca/fashionarts.



Danier Leather/Raphael Mazzucco VIP Media Launch
by Marilyn R. Wilson
photography by PATRICK PARENTEAU

The Danier Leather/Mazzucco VIP Media Launch was another great event produced by Vernard Goud of LuvNGrace Entertainment. Danier's Director of Marketing Jennifer Steckel Elliot and Executive Vice President Olga Koel along with 240 of Vancouver fashion elite including actress April Telek Campbell and husband Jaimie Campbell, Jason Matlo, Jim Cummins, Shelley Klassen, Novus TV's Zara Khan Durrani and BOSS Managements owner Sonya Siltani came together at Club 560 to celebrate the release of the hotly anticipated Fall/Winter 2010 Danier collection.

Co-hosts this evening were Danier Leather's Jennifer Steckel Elliot and Hush Magazine's Parsoua Shir. Dj's HIS N HERS kept the energy high with a great mix of sound as the crowd sipped cocktails and mingled until the highlight of the evening began - the fashion show. Danier's strong F/W '10 collection includes a collaboration with reknown photographer Raphel Mazzucco - their third to date. Mazzucco's artwork is showcased on the inside lining of the leather jackets and on shirts for both men and women. Striking models (Owen Pierson, Michael Porter, Lien Dilewijns, Niki Bevers, Liss Sober, Charmaine Galbraith) circulated tea-room style through the crowd as well as randomly posing on the 560 stage. Hellen Torres along with Blanche Macdonald artists created the great make-up and Travis Battislagia of L'Atelier and Irene Zee designed the hair. Included in the evening was Jessica Whitby's cosmetics line Eye Candy and a pre-launch of Carola Xavier's "BUN" line of fragrances. The collection was a hit, especially with Heidi Coglon and Sia Dabiri who were contest winners and received their own jackets courtesy of Danier Leather.

For more information on upcoming LuvNGrace events go to www.luvngraceaffair.com.



Jeanne Beker at the Bay
by Marilyn R. Wilson

The Bay's DT store was packed on the second floor as fashionistas of all ages waited to hear Fashion TV's Jeanne Beker speak. She was in town launching her new clothing line, Edit - a 25 piece collection of "essentials" exclusive to The Bay. I am sure this collaboration between two so highly regarded in the fashion community will prove to be very successful. The line of separates is designed to be easy to wear while still making a fashion statement. A great mix of fabrics from knits through fake fur were fashioned into garments that could take you from day to evening while still being comfortable. For this debut collection, the colour was predominantly black with only one print included. Accessories will play a key role in defining where an outfit will be worn and changing accessories will quickly redefine the look. Another plus, some proceeds will go to benefit Dress for Success.

After talking about her new line, a Q & A session ensued. In true Beker style, she answered with total honesty and conviction. She encouraged women to feel beautiful for who they are now - wear the things that make them feel great whether others approve or not, don't worry about the trends and more importantly there really aren't any "must-have" items unless it is something that really empowers you. She did encourage everyone, however, to have a critical eye when looking in the mirror, but after that the sky's the limit. With an eye for pieces that are wearable by a wide variety of body types, the Edit collection will be a welcome addition to anyone's wardrobe.

For more information on the Edit line at the Bay please go to
http://www.thebay.com/brand.aspx?Brand=EDIT%20BY%20JEANNE%20BEKER&Department=Women&language=en-US.



TrunkShow at Scout Boutique
by Marilyn R. Wilson

Misty Greer and Scout Boutique always create an amazing event when they collaborate. The launch of Greer's Fall/Winter 2010 TrunkShow collection this month was no exception. The crowd is a surprisingly wide cross-section of the community drawn to what is always an amazing night of fun. The DJ kept is lively as everyone mixed, mingled and shopped. Morrismore models wandered through the crowd in TrunkShow favs so everyone could get up close and personal. Three shows were put on during the evening with models that clearly embraced the burlesque mentally of being sexy in your own skin. They came from a refreshingly wide variety of body types and each found a unique way of presenting the garments. No frowning faces or stomping walks, they confidently strutted the runway while showcasing the line's clear sex appeal. The final garment was obviously a show piece sensuously displayed by talented local burlesque performer Lola Frost. TrunkShow is not for the faint of heart, but for those sassy, flashy and ready to make an entrance.

For more information please visit www.scoutboutique.com or www.MistyGreer.com



Treasure Fashion Show
by Marilyn R. Wilson

This fall fashion event at Lüt Boutique, produced in partnership with Beauté Légère Salon, was a standing room only event. Early attendees received a great swag bag, then headed in to mingle, sip drinks and enjoy an evening of discounted shopping. A DJ kept the energy high as the boutique quickly filled to the limit. Then it was time for the vignette style fashion show. Models strutted the runway and graced the small stage in an array of fall pieces chosen from the array of local and international collections featured in the store. Hair was styled by Beauté Légère's creative director, Alexandre Legere. Former Vancouver Fashion eZine writer Jennifer Cummer's current venture, Lüt Boutique, has hit a chord with the local fashion community by offering a curated collection of clothing and accessories for both men and women.

For more information you can visit www.lutboutique.com or pop by the store at 4219 Main St.