fashion magazine
Scena 2010 - Art Institute Grad Fashion Show
by Marilyn R. Wilson
photography by PETER JENSEN

The River Rock Casino in Richmond was the setting for the Art Institute's 2010 Grad Fashion Show. Titled "Scena", the show paid homage to the Bohemians of the old world by communicating their beliefs through fashion that is relevant today. This three-act show was brilliantly produced by Vladimir Markovic and is set in the backstage and after-hours of an old theater. 31 fashion design grad students presented collections that included corsets, ruffles, draping, studs feathers, menswear and more. Act 1 focused on Cocktail (10 collections), Act II on Day and Streetwear (11 collections) and Act III (10 collections) on Evening. Between each act we were treated to dance performances by the House of La Douche. Special thanks goes to Salon Montage - hair, Sears Cosmetics Department - make-up, Natasha Campbell - model coordinator, DJ Riot - music, Greg Swales - program photography and Elizabeth Ritchie - Graphic Design. For information on the fashion program at Art Institute go to http://www.artinstitutes.edu/vancouver/fashion-702.aspx.



Blanche Macdonald
by Marilyn R. Wilson
photography by PETER JENSEN

2010 is the 50th anniversary for Blanche Macdonald and their fashion design graduates held nothing back when they presented their collections in November. The eclectic mix of styles presented showcased strong construction and design skills as well as great artistic range. Set is in the luxurious Westin Bayshore, the show featured two outfits from each of the 45 students. The long, elevated runway gave everyone in the audience a great viewpoint of the collections. I particularly liked the fine detailing seen in Jill Kelsea's garments and Erin Johanson black and white evening wear piece with feathers and corset. Award winners include - Overall Achievement: Krystal Frizzell (article in this issue) and Hana Chiang, Special Achievement for Portfolio Presentation: Krystal Frizzell, Special Recognition for Portfolio Presentation: Whitney Phuong and Sabrina Tang, Special Achievement in Illustration: Catherine Murray, Special Achievement in Design: Jill Kelsea, Special Achievement in Pattern Making: Jill Kelsea and Whitney Phuong, Special Achievement in Garment Construction: Stella Ho, Special Recognition for Garment Construction: Kate MacDonald, Most Improved Student: Katsuki Shimizu. For information on the fashion program at Blanche Macdonald go to http://www.blanchemacdonald.com/fashion/.



Jacqueline Conoir Fashion Show and VIP Christmas Party
by Marilyn R. Wilson

Studio 560 opened it's doors to a great evening of fashion by designer RozeMerie Cuevas of JC Studios. Produced by LuvNGrace, the evening was hosted by FMA TV's Meena Mann with tunes spun by DJ Sebastiaan Van Beest. Guests dressed to the nines mixed, mingled while purusing tables of goodies from Bun, Kiehl`s, Earth Essence Jewellers, Streetcat Designs, Luxe Beauty Lounge and New Image. One of the pre-fashion show highlights was singer Sophia Danai who performed a selection of songs accompanied by acoustic guitar. Then it was time for the fashion show. Cuevas presented a strong selection of garments from her line - Jacqueline Conoir. Her collection is always created with women in mind, so the clothing is easy to wear and looks fabulous on. A special thanks to Owen Pierson/Juju Salon for hair styling and New Image for makeup. For more information on JC Studios go to www.jcstudio.ca. For upcoming events by LuvNGrace go to http://www.luvngraceaffair.com.



The Magic of BUN Red Carpet Media Launch
by Marilyn R. Wilson

560's Art Lounge provided an intimate setting for the media launch of one of Vancouver's hot new jewellery designers, Carola Alder - the House of BUN. Dress code for the evening was semi formal black and/or white. On display were 12 elegant pearl necklaces from the "Tutu Collection" and her new line of parfum, Lady Godiva. All necklaces were created using the highest quality Canadian glass pearls, semi-precious gems and Austrian Swarovski crystals. Individual pieces ranged from just a few strands to show-stopping multiples and the clasps were so luxurious in design that the necklace could be rotated to show them off. Mixed in with the pearls were pops of colour created by the semi-precious gems and Austrian Swarovski crystals. Silver findings also adorned a few including a silver pair of decorative scissors on the necklace that was a tribute to Coco Channel. Meena Mann was the host this evening for a tearoom style fashion show (clothing courtesy of Blushing Boutique) where we were introduced to the history of each necklace. Special thanks to LuvNGrace who produced the event, DJ Sebastiaan Van Beest for keeping the music flowing and artist Monika Blichar for her live painting demonstration. For more information on the House of BUN go to http://www.facebook.com/marilyn.r.wilson#!/HouseofBUN. For upcoming events by LuvNGrace go to http://www.luvngraceaffair.com.