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JC Studios Fall Launch
by Marilyn R. Wilson
Photos by Peter Jensen -

Jacqueline Conoir celebrated its 25th anniversary at the end of March with an elegant affair showcasing not only their Fall/Winter 2011 collection, but the launch of designer Rozemerie Cuevas' new line - 'jac'. Held on the third floor of the luxurious Ferrari Maserati showroom, the standing room only crowd of media, fashion industry professional and loyal customers were first treated to the JC Studios signature line. Suiting with feminine details incorporated, sculptured separates and slim dresses combined with softer, flowing silhouettes to create diverse wardrobe choices. Along with a Fall palette of gray, brown and black were pops of colour such as purple and blue. This segment closed with the presentation of her signature gowns. In a departure from previous seasons, those presented were all in black with a daring sheer web-like fabric incorporated.

Then with the lowering of three large letters, j-a-c, the evening's host announced the designer's new line of ready-to-wear with a hipper feel. The garments in the new collection had softer, flowing lines and lots of texture. Overall the feel was high-end, comfortable and effortless. 'jac' would be perfect for that chic winter holiday to far away places and is designed to mix and match in countless variations. Although aimed at a younger demographic, there were many pieces that would work with the softer pieces in the designer's signature line. The fashion show was a definite hit and it was clear to all in attendance that Rozemerie Cuevas will continue to inspire us with fabulous clothes for years to come.

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The Show 2011
by Marilyn R. Wilson
Photos by Wayne Mah -

Every year in April, fashion enthusiasts look forward to the graduation collections created by the Fashion Design students at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Held at the River Rock Casino in Richmond, the school offers three options - two matinees during the day and an evening show - that attract proud parents and relatives, high school hopefuls, media and industry professionals. The school emphasizes strong technical skills and encourages graduating students to explore niche markets.

32 design students presented diverse collections that ran from well-known markets to the truly unique. Clothing designed to meet the needs of a diverse group of men and women from sports and casual wear to high end garments, beautifully tailored coats and contemporary work-out wear, trendy children's wear for both boys and girls and even a line inspired by falconry filled the program. My hats off to Leah Kleisinger who chose to design garments for a niche market I had never seen addressed before - women's fly fishing. I also was intrigued by the design work of Justine Edralin. It was no surprise to later discover she had been chosen by the school to have her outstanding design work featured in the March 2011 issue of Vancouver Fashion eZine. In the end, every graduating student showcased excellent construction and design skills that will hold them in good stead in the competitive world of fashion design.

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