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by Lisa Wong

A well-heeled crowd gathered at the chic OPUS Bar on Thursday February 24th to celebrate the tenth anniversary of local label dace. Friends, well-wishers, media and bloggers enjoyed mini cupcakes, canapes and cocktails as they mingled and congratulated designer Dace Moore. Models sporting pieces from the spring/summer 2011 collection posed for photographers and onlookers. The looks were impeccably styled to higght dace's signature blend of classic femininity, tomboyish appeal and downtown cool: blazers with popped lapels, button-down shirts and trousers with cuffed sleeves and legs, all accessorized with retro curled bangs, vintage silk scarves tied into turbans and Ray-Ban Clubmaster sunglasses. Congratulations to dace on a great party, and best wishes for the label's future success.

Photos provided By Blanche Macdonald Centre
An Evening of Fashion by LuvnGrace-Redworld
by Marilyn R. Wilson
Photos By Patrick Parenteau

Variety is the spice of life and An Evening of Fashion definitely gave that in measures. Club 560 is a great, spacious venue and the lighting was brighter than in previous events which brought a great energy. The Dress to Impress code was adhered to by all attendees and a diverse crowd from the Vancouver scene added spice to the night. Booths for our pre-show shopping included Luxe Beauty Lounge, Streetcat Designs, Bun and Earth Essence Jewellers. The evening's main event was emceed by Sarah Rowlands, a writer for both 24 Hours and The Straight, with tunes spun by DJ Daniella Evangelista. We were all enthralled by three spring fashion shows that decended from the stage through the crowd - Eliza Lau of Gentille Alouette (whimsical and unique), Nancy Perreault (edgy swimsuits, not for the faint of heart) and Invito Couture (luxurious, but affordable European line) - as well as a live musical performance by Indie Pop Band Cruel Young Hearts, two live art performances by Jimmy Cummins and Monica Blichar and a pre-view screening of a video on world-famous photographer Raphael Mazzucco by Jeth Weinrich.

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Eco Fashion Week

Wednesday - Afternoon - Jason Matlo
by Marilyn R. Wilson

One of the most highly anticipated fashion shows at Eco Fashion Week was the which opened it - designer Jason Matlo. It was the first in two years for this talented artist and proved to be the hottest ticket in town. Presented at the beautiful Shangri La Hotel, guests were treated to gourmet hors d'ouevres and wine served by waiters circulating discreetly through the crowd. Shortly before showtime, we moved out onto the balcony where a long runway with chairs no more than 2 deep, assuring that everyone would be able to really see and appreciate the collection.

Expectation was high and Matlo did not disappoint. Black was the colour of choice for this F/W '11 collection. Great proportions, strong silhouettes, exquisite tailoring, knitted scarves creating a counterpoint, knit and wovens, narrow pants and tights, a fascinating textured fabric and one black/white print all combined to wow the audience. The biggest surprise of the show was that Matlo launched his first collection of menswear! It was a hands down hit with knowledgeable crowd and is sure to quickly find a fan base. Asked to comment, Matlo shared, "This presentation was a critical moment in my career because it was always our vision to develop four divisions with menswear being the last collection to be installed. It was also a return to the runway after many seasons, so we knew expectations would be high. This collection personified most accurately our design team's vision of the Jason Matlo brand and embodied some of our most technically complex and challenging pieces that we have brought forth to the ready to wear market."

Photos By Peter Jensen

Wednesday Night
by Marilyn R. Wilson

Wednesday night all shows were held in the beautiful Salt Building in the Olympic Village. I personally love large, open spaces and this heritage building was wonderful with lots of room and high ceilings with exposed struts. There was a LARGE area for people to mingle and network between shows with food and beverages available. The white tent erected to hold the actual runway viewing provided a more intimate setting for the actual runway presentations. I love the energy of a white room and the clothing and models always show well in this type of environment. With a whopping nine shows to be seen, what follows is only a brief overview.

Photos By Peter Jensen
First down the runway was Dahlia Drive. Designer Wendy Van Riesen, created a line of whimsical garments with a retro feel by reworking pre-loved slips, shirts and fabric remnants. Techniques used include hand dying, screen printing, embellishing and rusting.

Tonic Lifestyle Apparel showcased their sleek line of yoga/active wear. Sleek knit wear in an appealing palette out of Eco friendly fabrics with a focus on "Fit, Form, Function"

Sofia Clothing, designed by Sofia Mendez-Scheone, was the winner of Generation Next 2010. The designer used luxurious natural fabrics to create garments that were both feminine and beautifully constructed.

Downtown Betty uses high quality sustainable fabrics to create garments that will last a lifetime. The pieces show weres simple and wearable, well-suited to our West Coast lifetyle.

WE3 are award winning designers and co-owners of twigg & hottie. The presentation of their very wearable earthy line using sustainable fabrics was complimented by a performance of live drumming - a hit with the crowd.

Lav & Kush uses organic and sustainable "soft, buttery fabrics" in silhouettes that flatter most women. Designer Angela Saxena has created a line that is both appealing simplicity and femininity.

Designer Margarita Angelatos showcased two sustainable fashion lines - Red Jade and Peridot Kiss. Red Jade is sophisticated and ultra feminine in created in a softer palette. Peridot Kiss is a line of hemp clothing that brought an appealing pop of colour to the runway.

(zero.O.lab) is a collaborative project developed by artist/designer Katherine Soucie. She takes unsellable garments donated to My Sister's Closet and uses them to create the first in-house design label for the store - funky and unexpected.

Closing the night was designer Kim Cathers of Kdon with her line of highly creative garments - organic, original, unexpected and always easy to wear. All fabrics used were from Our Social Fabric, a textile recycling initiative that she is also on the board of, saving end of bolt fabrics from ending up in our land fills.

Thursday Night
by Marilyn R. Wilson

Photos By Wayne Mah -
Echo Rain started us off with a very well polished group of dresses and separates inspired by urban and natural landscapes. Innovative and out of sustainable fabrics, they were both stylish and wearable.

Photos By Wayne Mah -
Next was designer Anna Talbot. Soft and beautiful, models floated down the runway in garments of silk, linen and vintage fabric, some with layers gauzy fabric pooling around them.

Photos By Wayne Mah -
Filly showcased a line of simple silhouettes that were absolutely appealing. Classical in style, they are made to order out of sustainable fabric in small batch runs.

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Jesica Milton is a self-defined "minimalist" who offered classic garments with superb tailoring and interesting assymetry. The jackets in particular stood out. Battalion was a great counterpoint to the other collections. Using the latest eco-friendly materials, designer Linda Wong presented a line of form fitting dresses and separates accented with textural, furry jackets and vests.

Photos By Wayne Mah -
Adhesif designer Melissa Ferreira uses recycled garments to create her grass roots inspired clothing. Each piece is bold and edgy with a personality all its own.

Photos By Peter Jensen
Nicole Bridger uses socially conscious fabrics such as Organic Cotten, Hemp, Linen and and Bambo and ethical practises to produce her appealing line of separates and dresses. The collection show had not only a great colour palette, but was definitely designed to appeal to today's woman.

Photos By Peter Jensen
Alternative Apparel offered up their eco-friendly line called Alternative Earth. Models strolled easily in this casual line offers for both men and women (tops, bottoms, dresses, etc.) designed with both comfort and fit in mind.

Photos By Peter Jensen
Sitka showcased their rugged line of clothing for men and women. Definitely created with the West Coast lifestyle and consumer in mind.

Photos By Peter Jensen
WeSC was a very outdoorsy line featured this evening with a real flavour of the Canadian North. This was brought home in particular when the male and female model came down the runway in old fashioned onesies with the flap in the back.

Friday - Prophetik

Photos By Peter Jensen
Eco Fashion Week wrapped up with a theatrical blast from the past as Tennessee born-and-bred designer Jeff Garner took centre stage with Prophetik. The nostalgic romantic mood of the show was set when the audience was greeted by fresh-cut flowers on seats, antique props on the runways and fake snow. Models walked the runway to a musical score composed expressly for Garner's show by acclaimed actor and musician Thomas Ian Nicholas and British composer Benjamin Ellin. Local bluegrass band Viper Central was also present to lend the show some Southern flavour.

Garner usually references history for his design inspiration and this collection was no exception. Titled "Artist Wonderment," the fall/winter 2011 collection envisioned a fantastical escape from the artifice of Louis XV's court, "when art became frivolous, a slave to consumers." As with his previous work, there were plenty of sweeping gowns for women and waistcoats and breeches for men. However, Garner's latest offerings diverged from past ones in his use of patchwork motifs and eclectic fabrications. Garments featured materials such as silk, organic velour, century-old patchwork quilts, hemp and ostrich feathers. Accessories by vintage remix label dotted loop and LA shoe label CYDWOQ complemented the looks.

What's coming next season is anybody's guess, but one thing's for sure: Prophetik continues to challenge, intrigue and delight fashion observers season after season