May Fashion Event list
May 1 First Thursday Club at Mortan's (750 W. Cordova). Carment Pinot Noir tasting, filet mignon sandwiches, and a Tea Room style fashion show featuring Holt Renfrew furs. While there is no cost, seating is limited. For more information or to make a reservation please phone the restaurant at 604-915-5105.
May 2 CVC Aujourd'Hui Fashion Show at the Law Courts Inn Restaurant (800 Smithe St., 5th Floor). Doors open at 7:30 p.m., show at 8. Tickets $20 for members, $25 for non-members. After party being held at Plush Nightclub (750 Pacific Blvd.). Free admission to midnight with your fashion show ticket, $15 for all others. For information or to purchase tickets e-mail email@example.com.
May 3 Fashion IV - LaSalle Graduation Fashion and Jewelry Show at The Renaissance Hotel (1133 West Hastings St.) with live music by UTS. Net proceeds to benefit the BC Cancer Foundation. Tickets are $25. Doors open at 7 p.m. with the show at 8. For more information or to purchase tickets phone 604-771-5724 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 6 Spring Fiesta Festive Marketplace at Odd Fellows Hall (1443 W. 8th). Proceeds to benefit Starlight Starbright. 5-9 p.m. For more information or to attend this event please RSVP to email@example.com.
May 13 Muse - A Fashion Show at the Heritage Hall (3102 Main St.) put on by TRENDS (Teens Reacting Effectively and Discovering Style) featuring designs by Flaming Angels, Love Deming, Dahlia Drive, Carny Love and Devil May Wear. 7:30 to 9 p.m., Tickets ($10) are available at Riot Boutique and Devil May Wear. www.trendsfashion.ca.May 16 Fresh: An Evening of Fashion and Art at Capilano Mall (400-935 Main St., No. Vcr) featuring Ora Handbags, Elroy Apparel, Dahlia Drive, Sans Soucie, Natalie Trudelle and design students from Helen Lefeaux. Free to the public. Show starts at 7 p.m. For more information phone 604-988-6844.
May 25 Portobello West Fashion and Art Market; London style market with over 100 local fashion designers and artisans, Rocky Mountaineer Station (1755 Cottrell St. off of Terminal Ave.), $2 admission, children under 12 free. noon-6pm www.portobellowest.com
Apr 23 - Jun 22 Movers and Shapers at the Vancouver Museum (1100 Chestnut St.). Exhibit featuring the newest crop of Vancouver designers shaping the future of architecture, interior, graphic product, furniture, fashion, industrial, textile and interative design. Tickets are $11 (students $9). For more information go to www.vanmuseum.bc.ca.
In such a fast-paced industry, spring is always filled with fashion shows and events as fashion school semesters come to an end giving each grad a chance to showcase their magnificent creations, as well as giving a time for local designers to shine in a city whose fashion industry is moving forward, yet not to fast for these talented designers to keep up with. Here's an overview of some of our favourite events of the month.
Apparition 2008 - Kwantlen Grad Show
by Marilyn Wilson
This annual showcase from Kwantlen's strong design program featured 28 graduates with very diverse collections ranging from wet suits to evening wear. Held at the River Rock Casino, the school wisely put up 2 large T.V. screens so that garments could be viewed close up as well as on the runway. With a delightful hint of social change, design students such as Karen Russell, Rosanna Reid and Tiffany DaSilva showcased lines focused on clothing for curvy bodies and used models from their target market. Also exciting was the increasing number of designers who chose to create clothing for the men's wear and mature women's markets. The most unusual collection was TrunkShow by Misty Greer (featured in our March issue). All student collections showed strong design elements, excellent construction details and were a good fit for their target markets.
BC Fashion Week
by Marilyn Wilson
BCFW Fall 2008 launched in a brand new venue, the Chinese Cultural Centre, with a stunning glamorous Hollywood-like setting and a high-tech LED backdrop. The invitation-only event was a smash hit where local designers stole the show. The week began with RozeMerie Ceuvas. Her diverse Jacqueline Conoir collection was inspired by the 50's to the 70's and ran from suits to stunning eveningwear. The garments were lush with many pieces designed to mix and match. Evan and Dean's fall line by Raymond Boutet and Lyle Reimer played on the extremes of full and slim silhouettes. The theme is architectural with touches of kitsch and some unusual textured fabrics were scattered throughout to give that famous surprise element. Nicole Bridger showcased a wear-able collection with classic draping and sassy details. Made from sustainable fabrics, she is a rising star who has tapped the pulse of the local market. This was the first BCFW showing for Mellinda-Mae Harlington. Her silhouettes were stunning and sleek. The garments ranged from tanks to car coats with an unusual structural collar. The feel was sleek, high-end, and comfortable. Partners Vladimir Markovich and Debra Walker have again produced an event Vancouver can be proud of.
Vancouver Fashion Week
by Alicia-Rae Light
Vancouver's very own bi-annual Fashion Week was held from Thursday thru Sunday for another successful year. It began with an opening gala held at Bar None and proceeded with gorgeous ladies and gentlemen gracing the runways of Chapel Arts on Dunlevy St. showing off the amazing creations of designers ranging from jewelry designers to emerging designers and recent grads from LaSalle and Kwantlen to the vibrantly colourful collection of world renowned designer Anna Sui. Opening night showcased her shoes with bold colours and big gold clasps, and clothing infused with intricate geometric designs and hints of Native influence, and for yet another season, the crowd was blown away. Papillion, Coquette Couture and 3Sixteen all made it clear that Vancouver's fashion is moving forward, and in the best way possible. A stand out performance was put on by recent Kwantlen grad, Justina Anzulovich, with her line titled LikeSunday, as she took bright neon details and colours paired them with darker cool colours, big gold buttons, and slouchy street-wear fashions. Very unique. With Barefoot Pinot Grigio and Guru energy drinks in hand, Vancouver's most fashion forward stylists, photographers, writers, models and producers mingled in anticipation and excitement of the new fall creations. The partying was non-stop as they moved from the shows onto some of the cities most posh venues. Thursday at Ginger62, Friday at Canvas Lounge, and the list goes on. Vancouver is most definitely on its way to being one of the top, most fashion forward cities, all thanks to the hard-working people in the industry who make it all happen.
Absolute Style 2008 - UCFV Grad Show
by Marilyn Wilson
UCFV's Absolute Style 2008 showcased a strong and diverse group of designers. The evening began with an exhibition of garments reflecting areas of study within the program such as surface design, sewing for specialty markets, draping, weaving and machine knitting. One stunning piece was a short top woven from wool and cotton with a burnout snowflake design by Kim Kokoska, another an elaborate couture dress by Doris Schroeder. Then the grads showcased their final collections that included motor cross wear, business wear, casual, hip, uniforms, dress and bridal. One line that caught my eye was Alana McMillan's Full Force Clothing. Sewn with leather, chiffon and denim it had a real urban edge, which will appeal to the younger market. Receiving special recognition were Emily Bell-Higgins for Most Creative Showing, Alanna McMillan for Most Marketable Collection, Colleen Thain for Technical Proficiency and Nam Kim received the Imagewerx Award.
Fashiontastic Band Madness
by Kaila So
Fashion and Music have always been an inspiration for each other and this relationship was at its best display at the FASHIONTASTIC BAND MADNESS at THE CELLAR club on April 27th, hosted by Di Da Di Karaoke and Matrix Production. The show was all about Vancouver's local talent and featured fashions by Monica Wong and Diana Bui, the designers behind Coquette Couture 1827, recently featured at Vancouver Fashion Week. With their funky-mixed-formal-sexy style, they are taking the Vancouver local fashion industry by storm. Wong and Bui's collection turned up the heat in the underground club until the very end with models showcasing three different styles from this strong line: cocktail dresses, sexy club wear and casual/beach wear. The evening was cleverly separated into several shows with by performances by five Vancouver local bands that rocked the stage. Aura covered hard rock with amazing vocals by Kelvin, Atlantiz with a pop rock sound, Locus - a songwriters band that changed the atmosphere to a more romantic tone, Embryos - full of talented mulit-instrumentalists and Bullet 69 - a j-rock band with guest drummer Tomo. The creative team behind hair and make-up for the show included: Hiroshi Nakagawa, Kelvin Wong, Annie Chang, Mandy Lau, Thomas Tong, Misha Sung, and Queenie Wong.