VFW closed the season with an extraordinary line-up of local and international designers.
Alex S Yu opened the final day of shows with ,,The Abnormal Symmetry” collection. Featuring a plethora of navy and white stripes, denim, asymmetrical hemming and peplum detail, the Canadian based label expertly played with proportions, patchwork, and layering.
Canadian designer Evan Clayton took the runway by storm with his eccentric collection, ,,Ego”. Placing the main focus on branded underwear sets, models clad in crotchless slick patent trousers, skin-tight bodysuits, sheer kimonos, and glossy plastic breastplates delighted the audience. With help from drag queen trio Gia Metric, Jane Smoker, and Kendall Gender, and his initials garishly glittered across most of the collection, the designer no doubt left a lasting impression.
For SS19, Jessica Tierney for Chained Couture presented her NYC inspired collection, ,,CHAINED”. The Australian designer’s all black line featured shoulder padded duster coats held together by metal loops and chains, oversized silver belts, satin flared pants, and faux fur shawls, leaving a gothic atmosphere hanging over the runway.
China based brand Wan Li put on a display of intricacy and craftsmanship with their showcase of traditional Chinese Cheongsams. Splitting their show into three sections, the designers sent a rainbow procession of gowns down the runway each accented with oriental style stitch work. Using mature models to showcase their collection, the label succeeded in bringing China to BC.
JPK channelled the streets with a collection of monochrome and futuristic multipurpose clothing. Based in the UK, Jan-Philipp Kosfeld presented a unisex line built for core functionality with concealed pockets in oversized metallic blazers, PVC duster coats adaptable to changing weather, and pre-crinkled trousers. With muted colour palettes and corn-rowed models, the collection achieved its goal of interlacing timeless elegance with Hip-Hop culture.
Shades of yellow from Canary to Lemon shone through collection ,,Jaune” by German designer Annika Klaas, winner of the European Fashion Award FASH 2018. With a focus on knitwear processes and seamless technology, collage-like outfits created a deconstructed feel. With colour graded layers and see-through structures, the knitted fabrics emphasized experiments in textures. Beautiful colours in dreamy soft knits made the crowd swoon.
Japanese brand THE MONGOLIAN CHOPPSSS showcased a quirky unisex collection for SS19. The collection theme ,,Precious Love” was expressed through positive messages such as ,,I am happy” (in Japanese) and ,,Happy Sushi” creating a fun feel. Camo print, oversized patch pockets, and long fluoro green socks made for carefree styling. A key look for men- a casual sweater featuring rainbow colour blocking paired with grey shorts. A youthful line disseminating fun or ‘TANOSII’ for all to see to close the night with colour and happiness.
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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