To view the full collections from Vancouver Fashion Week, click on any of the images below.
Before the fashion shows on Saturday, I attended a seminar put on by Jessica Karalash (a fellow Prairie Girl and also from my hometown of North Battleford). Jessica is a Branding and Marketing Specialist. She works with clients to maximize results using integrated marketing strategies, including branding and image consultation, financial evaluations, public and media relations, event planning, online and traditional advertising and a range of other services. From West coast style to Vintage and Couture, fashion has always fascinated and allured Jessica. Most recently she began working with Vancouver Fashion Week to gain exposure for the designers. The seminar was about the business of fashion which featured many industry professionals sharing their expertise.
Check out the coverage of the Business of Fashion Seminar on the VFW blog HERE.
Then that evening I was back to the runway sidelines. First show of the night was Korean designer Kwak Hyan Joo. The show was introduced “Welcome to the Circus!”. There were ring leader and trapeze costume influence with strong shoulders on jackets, epaulets, sequins, and primary colors of red, yellow, and blue combined with beige, black, and grey. There was also some edge given to the line with leather accents and exposed zipper detail.
The second show of the night was another Korean designer…Ha Seng Beg. Last season I gave an unfavorable review to the Ha Seng Beg collection. This season his collection was “sexy and exotic bondage”. While there was still plenty of weird and wild stuff…when you stripped down the bondage, tails, Darth Vader helmets, and fun fur, the pieces underneath were quite nice. He showed an androgynous collection with knits, color blocking in strong colors, and lots of layers. The men’s pieces were definitely still way over the top but one thing was the same as last year…the huge crowd their to watch the show.
The next show of the night was Paris label Autobiographie. The collections inspiration was the sophistication of the modern woman, Japanese origami, and Parisian art. There was a lot of shine and sparkle in the collection with strong shoulders again being shown. Shoulders were emphasized with everything from jewels to origami inspired folding. It was an almost all neutral palette of beiges and nude tones, with periwinkle blue pieces added in.
The last show of the night was LA designer Dawn Sharp. The designer described her collection as eerie with exotic fabrics like wool, velvet, and silk. The line was eccentric and feminine with a vintage feel. I enjoyed the soft tones and use of toile and lace. I wasn’t as fond of the velvet with toile insert maxi skirts. The contrast was not esthetically pleasing.