You know the big four that make up the global powerhouse that is Fashion Month and inspires everything in your wardrobe for the forthcoming season, but the next largest Fashion Week outside of this is Vancouver Fashion Week. I’ve covered VFW for several magazines and websites (as well as Fashion Voyeur) in the past because it’s a hotbed for crazy new talent and many of the greats we know and love have used VFW as a career springboard. It’s in it’s 29th season now and the talent just keeps on coming….
March 20th marked day 1 of VFW and new design talent from all over the globe stepped up to show their finished collections. VFW is the perfect design pitch, with buyers and editors on the Frow, it’s a chance for collections to be spotted and snapped up resulting in potential overnight fame.
VFW Day 1 Highlights
Models clutched ‘Charming’ phone cases as they walked the runway, Kisman’s FW17 collection showcased the digital millennial with phone firmly in hand. Crafted for the modern woman with a predilection for streetwear; ribbons, charms and cut-outs were key details throughout, with denim at the core of the collection. Embellished sweatshirts, tees, detailed leather skirts and trousers gave the collection a youthful feel.
Inspired by Keem Bay on Achill Island, KEEM, an eco-luxe, unisex brand, is dedicated to utilising sustainable and fair trade practices. Natural fibres, jacquards, digitally-printed silk, certified organic cotton and faux fur pay homage to the sea and landscapes found on the island through pattern and texture. Think colour clashing, printed co-ords and statement prints in simple shapes.
Mood, artistic sensitivity, freedom and ingenious creativity are the focus of Alogon. The South Korean label works towards breaking away from the generally accepted path of minimalism by experimenting with shape and silhouette. Exploring the use of new materials whilst maintaining an eye for sophisticated detailing, softer tones are lifted and a clash of tartans is a discordance of layered femininity. The highlight? Embroidered cat faces on roll-neck sweaters.
‘Lips on a Spiral’ combines the lines and motifs of traditional Japanese costume (Waso) with the comfort of Western-styled garments. The techniques used in the collection (ultra-fine pleating on chemical fibres) allow WASSO VEGE’S to stray away from the practice of the binding and restriction of ancient Japanese apparel. Block hues orange, green and blue are constant throughout the collection with wide braided obi belts as a focal point.
Hit us with Day 2 VFW….