FASHION HAS A FUTURE: Innovation of designers from the beginning till the end of VFW

Twelve astonishing artists bring their collaborative work to the Fall/Winter runway on Day 6 of VFW F/W 2017. Mesmerizing designs from Australia, Chile and Sweden sweep the runway as a full house crams into the venue to get a sneak peek at what is the most attended evening of the week.


FW17 MAAK collection, Dark Stones, centres on individuality and attitude. The collection, designed to give wearers the confidence to face their fears and be themselves, contrasts dark tones with sassy edge. With textures made to represent the overcoming of life obstacles, it inspires independence and inner vivaciousness. Models were sent down the runway in edgy separates and cropped pants. The clothes featured a wearable Australian cool girl vibe.

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KO (Katherine Olivos) – CHILE

Collection “Elegant Woman,” inspires the change in fashion by stretching beyond the boundaries of shape, volume and age. KO aims to show the woman as an always elegant and beautiful figure, regardless of barriers commonly put up by society. KO’s massive collection of elegant cocktail dresses and romantic gowns featured models of all shapes and sizes. Opening with formfitting, flirty sheathes, the styles show Olivo’s versatility in sending perforated leather down the runway beside glittery tutus and bubbly ball gowns. The absolute winner of the show was sending both plus and straight sized models out in sheer, glittery overlays proving fashion has no limits.

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Starting to design and sewing his own clothes at seven, Tieler James’s talent and innovation promises a lengthy and distinguished career. Now seventeen, Tieler is a student at the New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts and has already completed two stints on Project Runway. Debuting his FW17 collection at VFW, James sent ultra sleek models down the runway in structured designs and precision cuts. The monochromatic looks varied from militaristic black and white ensembles to severely cut crimson dresses. Wide sleeves and corset details completed James’ collection.

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José Hendo takes on a fresh, cultured approach to the contemporary fashion scene, supporting the use of organic, eco-textiles and recycled materials to construct timeless pieces. Her collections raise awareness for environmental issues affected by the industry and aim to re-work the wearer’s look. The triumphant collection featured handcrafted designs that showed Hendo’s penchant for high fashion modernism. Lushly layered fabrics and luxurious textures fronted Hendo’s FW17 line with massive tulle bows, tear away jackets and oversized hoods.

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Representing a practical woman, Carolina Ferioli brings soft and refined pieces, reinforcing the feminine idea. The minimal style of the pieces use details inspired by architecture, bringing elegance and sophistication to every moment of the wearer’s day. Ferioli sent models down the runway in structured separates with clean cut lines. Unexpected feminine details, such as rose coloured satin shoulders on a pinstripe business dress leant a beautifully romantic touch to the elegant professional wear. Playing with cut and layering, Ferioli redefined the modern feminine power suit in her FW17 line.

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Gatsbylady London brings quality, unique hand embellished designs to the runway. The collection, which embraces flexibility of fit, showcases effortless and comfortable pieces, meant for an easy fit. Models of all shapes and sizes walked the runway in bejewelled hyper feminine flapper dresses. The designs were complimented by bejewelled headpieces and finger waves. With incredible movement, feathered skirts and beaded tassels encouraged the Gatsbylady’s London’s FW17 collection to be truly fierce.

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Models in slicked back hair and natural makeup wore hijabs, breaking fashion barriers and the expected styles one sees during fashion week . Jemmila connects Scandinavian aesthetics with Muslim fashion for the modern international businesswoman, fusing together fashion and faith to ultimately make professional wear. The collection aims to inspire and empower, focusing on similarities and togetherness rather than differences. The clean cut basics and minimalist cuts accent a nude colour palette for this highly wearable line.

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Rich colours, and exquisite details dominated Pierrot’s FW17 collection. The Paraguay designer fused South American textures and patterns with detailed beading to create a unique and gorgeous line. Woven leather complimented silk skirts and capes, presenting a high contrast while vivid patterns caught the audience's attention. Models were sent down the runway with natural hair and beaded headpieces complementing the vivacious collection.


Closing Vancouver Fashion Week with an evening of international bliss, designers from around the globe wrap up this year’s fashion preview. Collections from Hungary, Japan, Australia, Austria and a number of others introduced beauty to the city of Vancouver. From bridal to edgy street wear, the innovative and modernistic pieces walking the runway caught the eye of many Vancouverites.

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Swimwear designer Viktoria Tisza has taken a more advanced step in recent years in the world of fashion. All the way from Budapest, Tisza has now taken on new pattern and approaches throughout her collection. Having previously designed for Beyonce, Tisza has become a well known designer throughout the world. Her collection was a collaboration of signature wools and yarn crocheted, latch hooked and braided together. In addition to her fabric choices, Tisza has brought in elements of silicone rubber and a palette of vivid colours. The cautiously handcrafted knitwear hold structure and beauty with a unique touch. The crafted use of fur, silicone and knits allow for an exceptional overall look.

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MACHIOMIZUMACHI showcases vibrant colours and creative compositions popular to the local styles and uniqueness of Osaka, Japan. Mizumachi harmoniously coordinates pieces from his collection in bright and playful ways. The styles can be seen through drawn inspiration capturing the strength of the 80’s and 90’s trends. The statement pieces are loud in their visual representation of the fashion and culture of Japanese streets. The clothes are patterned creatively and the integration of fantasy keeps this label one notch above. Mizumachi further uses creative knits to illustrate his designs into flashy elements of fabrics, creating a complex yet fun collection.

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,,The Empty Ocean Series” is a response to the negative impact human made pollutants and activities have had on the world’s marine life. The ocean stands as the inspiration behind the label’s commitment to producing zero waste and the use of an array of recycled materials, including polyester made from trash and plastic bottles. The ocean has many important qualities which Green Embassy demonstrates using the ,,Movement of Truth”, encouraging the oceans need for care and the fashion which can be produced in natural ways. These intrinsic pieces are tastefully patterned with elements of the sea crafted within. Green Embassy has captured the visions of the ocean in the form of clothing, using fish nets to capture the diversity of forms, shapes, colours and textures of the ocean.

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Straight off the streets of Vienna, HATTITUDE takes the Vancouver runway and Europe by storm. The elegant and quaint hats represent the decade of the 1950s with a touch of modern day. Timeless style reflects European culture with an exquisite charm, representing both beauty and attitude with traditional headwear. Turbans, knitted hoods, caps and fascinator inspired head pieces captivate the audience. Magenta, purple and petrol hues ignite bold pairings to each design while the utilization of millinery materials such as felt, woollen fabrics, fur and leather create an unexpected collection of stylish hats.

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Created and designed to embody a marriage between nature, new technology, lightness, transparency and movement, the collection draws inspiration specifically from nature and the effects of the climate. The never ending dynamic and infinite philosophy of life is reflected in the designs and fabrics including PVC, silk organza, 3D mesh, silk muslin, denim and polystyrene balls. Retro themed pieces walk the runway, each piece better than the one before, demonstrating outstanding qualities. Ohanyan’s 100% made in France collection combines whimsical pieces with warm pinks and a garden touch. The flowiness of the skirts are outstanding while the structure which mends them together to form an unusual yet beautiful piece is what makes this collection the perfect closing show of the 7 day fashion week.

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Montenegro magazin was a media partner of Vancouver Fashion Week for Southeastern Europe.

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.

Event Details
March 20th – 26th 2017
Chinese Cultural Center
50 East Pender Street
Vancouver, BC
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