DAY FOUR: From street grunge to oversized statement pieces in Vancouver
Vancouver Fashion Week kicked off day 4 at the Chinese Cultural Center once again with creative designers from all over the world. Thursday evening presented numerous men’s collections shifting from street grunge to oversized statement pieces.
BLACKMERLE – VANCOUVER
Terry Shin, the face and creative director behind BLACKMERLE, opened day four of VFW with slicked down models in dystopian streetwear. Based in Seoul and Vancouver, Shin has created a paradox of military grunge and street clothes, focusing on powerful silhouettes, chain accents and a dark pallet. Overly large shoes, gelled hair and highlighted skin completed the apocalyptic meets high fashion streetwear.
TSUNG YU CHAN – TAIWAN
This Taiwanese men’s wear line is new to Vancouver Fashion Week. Debuting in 2016, Chan’s designs are a collaboration of street style and high fashion. Taking cues from construction uniforms and nineties pop-grunge, Chan's Fall/Winter 2017 line is dark, moody, and relaxed. This seasons collection is a compilation of high turtlenecks, oversized sweaters and eclectic details that cause a statement. Details like electrical tape arm bands and reflective cross body stripes add a nouveau grunge flair to the street style aesthetic.
GABBIE SARENAS – PHILIPPINES
Created in the Philippines, Gabbie Sarenas creations are not only beautiful, they are one of a kind and inherit her cultural practices. Romantic details and elaborate pieces are one way in which Gabbie Sarenas rocks the fashion scene. Sarenas’ fall/winter 2017 line features lush linens and refreshingly clean lines. Parred down models crossed the runway in whimsical midi skirts and voluminous sleeves. Relaxed peplums and minute stripes added a romantic touch to Sarenas’ unique line.
STEFANO GIAMMATTEI – GUATEMALA
Stefano Giammattei’s career began at the age of sixteen. His passion and love for fashion started with his inspiration that included the “unique components of the Guatemalan individual.” City F/W, his most recent collection exclusively for men, ties fashion and society together, unveiling a beautiful and striking connection. Giammattei’s collection features structured jackets and printed trousers. These classic designs are given a new twist with unexpected details like asymmetrically cut vests and jackets which make City F/W the unequivocal cool kid of menswear.
About Vancouver Fashion Week
VFW is the fastest growing fashion week in the world and the only industry event that actively seeks out to showcase international award winning designers from over 25 global fashion capitals. For 29 seasons, Vancouver Fashion Week has celebrated multiculturalism and up-and-coming on their runways. We strive to identify undiscovered designers by providing an accessible and internationally reputable platform. Through international media coverage and cogent buyer connectivity, VFW has provided the exposure to project past designers on to the stages of success.
March 20 th – 27 th 2017
Chinese Cultural Center
50 East Pender Street
: Vancouver Fashion Week
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