Day 2 of VFW took us on a journey from Vancouver to Japan.
Four talented design students from LaSalle College Vancouver, debuted an impressive array of looks for SS19. Tying the designers together, the models were adorned with jet-black plastic turbans and chic sock boots. From Si-Man Cheung’s structured blue and cream two-piece ensembles, Nasrine Damroudi’s earthy tones and defined waists, Ya-Ting Chung’s elegantly rippled black chiffon blouses with emerald green accents, to Zhengyu Zhou ’s edgy safety-pinned sheer pieces with statement typography, LaSalle College students displayed their collective and emerging talent for SS19 in full force.
‘Eat my shorts’, a playful unisex collection from local Vancouver designer Profanity By LillzKillz featured transparent vinyl pockets filled with toy cars, platform sneakers, video game prints, and bold bright colourways in vibrant yellow, tangerine orange, royal blue, and neon green. Old car parts including seatbelts, and seat leather are refurbished in garments nodding to the inspiration of a middle-class family and their beat-up car. A key look- a teal and tan brown leather patched two piece with contrast white straps, topped off with a car seat headrest.
Malaysian designer FARAMAS collaborated with shoe brand Nottingheels to create an earthy feel for SS19. The colour palette for ,,Shades of Terracotta” (the name of the collection) is inspired by the colours of the desert, multi-coloured rock formations, and the earth and soil at different seasons of the year. Wide leg cropped pants, a spaghetti strap maxi dress, and layered looks come in soft loose natural fabrics including Linen, Cotton, and Raw Silk. Custom-made shoes from Nottingheels came in beautiful colourways from burnt orange to cream in wedges and chunky heel styles; true fashion shoes with comfort included.
Denver designer Eve Jenkins of Parasite Eve captured fashion-goers imaginations in a world not unto similar to a dystopian fairytale through her opulent fashion collection. The mixture of silhouettes were bespoke and unique; complimented by their flora and fauna inspired elements and breathtaking headpieces designed by Andrew Flatland. The models took form as fallen angels, wonderland princesses, or nymphs of the forest with their generous plumishes, detailed beadwork, delicate lace, and Victorian elements evoking another wordly expression. Jenkins crafted a fantastical display with a dark, regal presence for SS19.
L.A. designer Shannon Ashford of Tom Foolery flaunted a SoCal revamp of a classic jumpsuit for SS19. Her designs were cinched at the front with a simple knot and featured a flowy slit up the thigh. The colour palette featured monochrome navies, creams, and greys with flashes of fun floral elements intermittently displayed throughout. The fabric was cut in clean lines and was made out of recycled plastic bottles in Haiti forming an environmentally responsible and ever-chic collection. Ashford’s models ended the show with an unapologetic demonstration of the jumpsuits functionality surprising SS19 attendees with the dropseat design of each piece made for the modern dresser. Ashford’s pieces were classic, yet daring with clever cuts and features manifesting in a striking show.
Fusion swimwear and resortwear from Peruvian brand Lima Rosa wowed the crowd with saturated colours and digital prints in women’s and men’s looks. The ‘Dreams of Coral’ collection is inspired by the nature of the vast ocean and its natural forms and species. Reflections of the ocean can be seen in prismatic contrasted colors of flora & fauna. Criss-cross strap design on high waisted bikini bottoms, details of crochet & embroidery, and beautifully soft floating coverups add to the summer vibe, accessorised with tinted sunnies and metallic jewellery. Designer Carolina Rosamedina even utilises innovative textiles with UV and moisture capsules, perfect for the beach.
Kaori Kato from Japan showcased coloured sculptural dresses incorporating fine paper folding. A true visual artist, Kato uses a number of complex geometric forms to create unique patterns that are originally inspired from natural phenomena such as waterfalls, northern lights, snowflakes, and geysers. Stunning dresses in an origami style show how paper can be pushed to the limit, creating true wearable pieces of art!
About Vancouver Fashion Week (VFW)
Vancouver Fashion Week 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 31 seasons, VFW has celebrated multiculturalism and up-and- coming designers on their runways. VFW strives 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 international success.
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