March Fashion Events list
Mar 4 - Vancouver Fashion Industry Meet-up at Raw Canvas (1046 Hamilton St.). Re-Cap of New York Fashion Week Terri Potratz, Shallom Johnson and Kris Krug. Come check it out on the big screen. 7 p.m. To register for this event go to http://fashion.meetup.com/208/calendar/9635753/.
Mar 4 - Celebrate the Women in Our Lives at Birks Vancouver (698 Hastings St. West). Gala Fashion Show and Reception that will feature fashions by JC Studio. Proceeds from this event to benefit Ovarian Cancer Canada. Reception at 5 p.m. For more information contact Melanie Gaertner at email@example.com phone 604-676-3431 ext 12. A link to purchase tickets is also on the JC Studio website at www.jcstudio.ca.
Mar 5 - The Sauder School of Business presents Style & the City 2009 at the Four Season Hotel (791 Georgia St.). This elegant event welcomes more than 175 students as well as 50 business professionals and sponsors to speak and share their knowledge. Fashion show by JC Studios. For more information on this or any other event please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mar 5 - First Thursday at Morton's Steak House (750 W. Cordova). Join us in the bar to savour the good life at Morton's! Penfold's, "Koonunga Hill" Shiraz wine tasting and fashion show by Wear Else. Free event. For further information or to make a reservation, please contact Irene Laronde at 604-915-5105 or email@example.com.
Mar 6 - Kulus Designs is having a studio sale at the Dominion Tower (207 West Hastings St, Suite 902 Vancouver, BC) from 5:30pm-9:30pm. This will be an exclusive sale with 30%-50% off all fall stock. www.kulusdesigns.com
Mar 6 - Opening night for Solo show called "Resinology" by Bijoux du Monde at Circle Craft (Granville Island). 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Designer Mikel Lefler will be showing previous works with insects in resin, new work from the "Airloom" collection and brand new resin bangles. Show continues through March 31st.
Mar 7, 14, 21 and 28 - JC Studio Tea Room Style Fashion Show (46 West 6th Ave). Enjoy mimosas, and brunch while watching a tea room style fashion show of the Spring Collection by designer RozeMerie Cuevas. Personal wardrobe stylists are available to help you incorporate the latest trends into your wardrobe. Times available at 10 a.m. And 1 p.m. No charge but please phone 604-688-5222 to reserve your space.
Mar 8 - Ethical Threads Eco-fashion show and market at the Heritage Hall (3102 Main St.). Come out and support 15 local eco-friendly designers as well as fellow Fashion High Members: BYOB, Flora and Fauna, Monkey 100 & Olie. 10am-4pm with fashion shows by Tasha E at 12pm and 3pm. Free admittance. For More contact Paul Shorthouse at 604-38-9941 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mar 8 - Fraser Valley Wedding Festival at Coast Hotel & Convention Centre, (20393 Fraser Hwy, Langley). Open the doors to your dream wedding in the décor showcase, have fun with mini makeovers, learn nuptial nuggets from wedding specialists, find your way over to the chocolate fountain in the complimentary bridal tearoom, and jive to live music.
11:00 am - 3:00 pm - free admission. For more information go to their website at www.fraservalleyweddingfestival.com.
Mar 13 - The Heart Truth South Asian Fashion Gala at the Bollywood Banquet Hall (8166-128th, Surrey). Join us for an evening in support of the Heart and Stroke Foundation. The evening includes a traditional buffet style dinner, music, entertainment, guest speakers and Fashions supplied by Made in India will be modeled by local celebrities. For more information call Karen at 604-591-1955 or e-mail email@example.com.
Mar 24-29 - Vancouver Fashion Week (VFW) at Storyeum (142 Water Street). In it's 16th season, VFW will feature an Opening and Closing Gala, several After Parties and approximately 25 Fashion Shows with admission open to the public. Tickets can be purchased through Clubzone.com. For more information check out their website at: VanFashionWeek.com.
Mar 28-29 - Portobello West fashion and art market at the Rocky Mountaineer Station (1755 Cottrell Street). Find your style! Meet over 110 local artists and designers and shop for one-of-a-kind fashion and art. 12pm to 6pm. $2 admission (Children 12 and under free), free parking/shuttle. www.portobellowest.com.
Apr 1 - The Show, Kwantlen Fashion 2009 at The River Rock Casino Resort (8811 River Rd., Richmond). Graduation show for the students in the Kwantlen Fashion Design Degree Program. Matinee shows at 1 and 3:30 p.m. Evening show at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for matinee and $30 for evening. For more tickets or information go to www.kwantlen.ca/fashionshow.
Apr 2 - First Thursday at Morton's Steak House (750 W. Cordova). Join us in the bar to savour the good life at Morton's! Chateau St Jean Sonoma Chardonnay wine tasting and fashion show by JC Studio. Free event. For further information or to make a reservation, please contact Irene Laronde at 604-915-5105 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wanny Tang Store Launch
by Vanessa Lewis
Champagne? Check. Live DJ spinning upbeat music? Check. Fabulous guests? Check! One of Vancouver's established designers, Wanny Tang opened her new Kerrisdale boutique in style. The intimate gathering of guests was personally greeted by Wang who showed us her store's collection. She has something for every girl whether you want an athletic outfit or a cocktail dress. The predominant colours of her collection popped against the store's all-white palette.
Wang treated her guests to a special presentation of her Spring 2009 collections. The show started off with casual pieces with cut outs that could be layered or worn on its own. The show shifted to athletic-inspired pieces including pleated skirts with a peek-a-boo of contrasting colors. Then came tops, skirts, and dresses which would be perfect for the career woman. Beautifully tailored pencil skirts created a seamless segue to ladylike day dresses. A long, white v-neck dress concluded the show.
Everything from shoes to hats, handbags to clothing are available at Tang's boutique. The wool handbags and hats handmade in Italy showcased her expertise in sourcing high quality fabrics. The wool coats and minimalist clothing complete the boutique's chic ambiance.
Wanny Tang's boutique is located in Kerrisdale at 2029 West 41st Ave. For more information, please visit her website at www.wannytang.com
Two of Heart Store Launch
by Marilyn R.Wilson
Just in time for Valentines Day! Long time local designers Jenny Yen and Tabitha Savoie have taken the ultimate step for any designer - opening their own boutique. At the media launch on Friday night we were treated to some wine, a little sushi, a walk through their current collections and a mini fashion show. The new space has a clean and inviting aura. Brass rods to hang the garments are mounted against white walls making the colour pallette of the collections pop. A vivid red feature wall at the back of the boutique adds both energy and warmth.
For those not in the know, Jenny Yen designs the Cici label, Tabitha Savoie the Togs label and together they now co-design Two of Hearts. The CiCi collection "..makes city chic a breeze with modern, wearable silhouettes and a dash of vintage glam." It is the more upscale of the 3 labels and is produced in limited quantities. Togs is an "...indie fashion for the artistic, street-savvy women" with everything from leg warmers to jackets. Their joint collection, Two of Hearts, is an eco-friendly line in organic cotton, soy and bamboo using low-impact dyes. The pieces are "... fun, streetwise separates are perfect for girls on-the-go who crave comfort and style." All three labels are manufactured in Vancouver. Filling out your shopping experience you will find handmade goods and accessories by other Vancouver designers and artists.
Visit their website at www.two-of-hearts-clothing.com for location, store hours and an inside peak at some of the great pieces you'll find there.
JC Studios Fashionista Brunch Series
by Marilyn Wilson
It's been on my list for over a year, but I finally managed to make time to attend one of the exclusive JC Studio Fashionista Brunches. For several months in the spring and again in the fall, designer RozeMerie Cuevas invites customers in to have a few mimosas, a bit of brunch and a to check out her current collection (as well as pieces still in stock from the previous one). For anyone interested in a relaxing couple hours of being pampered while shopping for some beautiful clothes, this is the place to be.
One of the best aspects of the brunch for me was the chance to work with one of the in-house wardrobe consultants. My consultant first took me through the Fall and Spring pieces and then, after the fashion show giving us all a look at the new collection, helped me to choose an array of garments to try on. I received feedback on the looks, was surprised by a couple pieces I loved that I NEVER would have thought to try on and the pants I chose had minor adjustments pinned in right in the dressing room to give them that perfect fit. A bonus is that all tailoring on the garments is done in-house. My buy of the day was one of their gorgeous fall coats that was marked down 50%. Yes I'm the one who asked for snow this last week so I had a chance to show it off!
Brunches are held on Saturdays at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. and continue through March and April. While they are no cost to the public, you do need to book a reservation as they limit the numbers to provide more personal service. To check out their current collection go to the website at www.jcstudio.ca. To reserve a spot in an upcoming brunch please phone the studio at 604 688 5222.
Vancouver Model Search 2008
by Alicia-Rae Light
On February 20th, the conclusion to the long awaited 2008 Vancouver Model Search Lollypop Fashion Show Final was revealed. Hosted by Strawberry Nights, the lavish event was held at the Landmark Empire Hotel on Robson Street. Starting in August 2008, each month 10 models competed in shows where two winners were chosen. Nine finalists from those shows were chosen to compete in the final round.
The ultimate prize? A modeling contract, and an all expenses paid trip across the pond to the world's most energetic and dynamic fashion capital - London, England. There, the winner will represent Vancouver on an international stage. In the grand ballroom, bejeweled with crystal chandeliers, DJ Paul Cardoso from Montreal mixed as the nine finalists showed clothing provided by Wear Else, Malena, and Bomba Collection.
Winning by a small margin decided by four judges the18-year-old exotic stunner Renata De Oliveira from Brasilia graciously accepted the well-deserved trip of a lifetime. The 5' 8 beauty walked down the runway each time with pure passion and confidence. Runner up 5'10 Alicia Crudo from Vancouver had the most amazing set of legs on the runway. Her dark exotic features come from a mix of African, Argentinian and Haitian heritage. She received a six-month pass to the new Steve Nash Sports Club.
Models were styled by Jillian Crago and Kristy Rogerson of Operation Style and an after party was held at Cecil lounge in celebration of all the producers and lovely ladies hard work.