The popularity of international fashion weeks is growing every season and these alternative events are catching the attention of major fashion players around the globe. By now, we all know about the success of the major European destinations such as Copenhagen, Ukraine and Tbilisi for example but what about those who are further away in countries less expected? When it comes to finding the latest and hottest young brands and designers to catching the rising street style stars these alternative fashion weeks are exactly what we need.
This time we went really far, 15 hour flight even, to show you what is happening outside of the shows all the way in Vancouver, Canada. The rain didn’t stop Siand and Liya Geldman from capturing the best moments of this far away fashion event.
The SS19 season of Vancouver Fashion Week featured an epic line-up of design talent from across the globe showcasing the best in local Canadian talent as well as international designers representing Italy, the UK, France, Japan, Vietnam, Australia and more. Special guests on the front row included A Shaded View On Fashion’s Diane Pernet, America’s Next Top Model Coach Miss J Alexander and of course yours truly.
IMI BY IMOGEN EVENS
Imogen Evans was born in London, moved to Edinburgh as a child and studied Fashion Design in Milan. ‘imi’ by Imogen Evans is the talk of the online fashion scene. ‘imi’ by Imogen Evans exhibits silhouettes that have never been seen before as well as outlandish, yet beautiful combinations of embroidery and layering. Imogen’s SS19 collection entitled “Reconstruct My Flesh” is a realisation, through clothing, of society’s obsession with physical self “improvement” and explores the question “To what extent would you modify your body in order to be “perfect”. This promising 19 year old stylish girl captured my heart and I am pretty sure she will be a big deal pretty soon! Watch out for her.
Vietnamese Designer Phuong My began her SS19 show with the ringing resonance of dulcet bells, thus, setting a harmonious tone to her collection. With an exquisite blend of sumptuous silks and a subdued colour scheme, My’s polished models took to the runway with poise. The palette was filled with dusty baby blues and reds, with dashes of periwinkle and navy throughout. My took a modern take on classic silhouettes that accentuate the female form with tapered peplum waistlines, exquisitely tailored silk folds, and varied demure necklines. An elegant feminine strength is exuded throughout.
NOT DEAD YET
Shamsha Hashwani, a luxury contemporary womenswear designer from Pakistan, opened the evening with a tribute collection to her late mother ‘Shanaz’. Inspired heavily by merging tradition with modernity, the line featured an array of bejewelled silk gowns and jumpsuits in emerald green, deep fuschia, and royal blue. With an atelier in Karachi, the label showcased skilled intricate workmanship with 3D embellishments and cut-work appliqué. Beaded floor length sheer sleeves and masterpiece shawls stunned the crowd. Not only her show was a wow fashion moment on the runway that left the guests gushing, her private family dinner for VIP guests was an event to remember.
A futuristic collection by Chien Hsiang Hung and Kai-Lun combined military and space – wear in deep color palette water proof fabrics and sporty elements. This collection is definitely useful in the Canadian weather.
K- Slam‘s collection was inspired by 80’s diva’s like Chaka Khan and Whitney Huston and it was a bright moment at Vancouver Fashion Week, the cast of models brought high levels of energy and turned the runway into a glorious display of strong, fierce and energetic women, a real girl power moment on the runway. The bright block colors of the collection and the funky accessories make this collection a winning choice for any pop star.
SARAH RUNNALLS COLLECTION
Other designers who stood out and caught my attention were: Not Dead Yet the promising local young designer who presented a punk inspired collection, Sarah Runnalls who’s black and white illustration inspired made it to my wish list and Lillz Killz with her multi colorful and vibrant 80’s deconstructed collection.
VANCOUVER FASHION WEEK
The international aspect of Vancouver Fashion Week is refreshing, having designers from all around the globe presenting their collections makes this week exciting and diverse. This fashion week is proving that fashion has no geographical boundaries as long as you have talent you have a stage to show it.