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Vancouver Fashion Week

Vancouver Fashion Week

By: Sophie Exton

The 28th consecutive season of Vancouver Fashion Week just wrapped, and we have an edit of our top shows.

Why pay any attention to Vancouver Fashion Week? After 28 seasons it must be doing something right. So much so that it has fashion editors and buyers from Japan, China, Taiwan, Korea, Chile, Paris visiting for VFW. Vancouver is not only a crossroads of cultures but is also one of the world’s top film locations (often deemed ‘Hollywood North’) – Vancouver was the backdrop to Twilight, Tomorrowland, Juno, Fantastic Four, 50 Shades of Grey etc. More and more film production companies are setting up their hubs in the city, which means plenty of celebrities are always there making it a prime space to be in for fashion. A lot of global and local celebrities attend VFW – most notably Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson during the Twilight era. 

Known as a ‘gateway fashion week’, most designers who showcase at VFW are emerging and range from newly graduated to a few seasons in. The seven-day event aims to showcase local designers as well as an expansive edit from around the globe, giving an opportunity to designers who might not have had the chance to show on the catwalk at one of the ‘Big Four’ cities (New York, London, Milan and Paris).

Alex S. Yu is VFW gold and almost a bit of a poster boy for the platform that launched his career and where he continues to show. He creates collections based on “happy emotions of childhood, nostalgia and wanderlust” and the Power Rangers nestled in the models’ hair this season takes us right back. Yu wants his woman to have fun and we’re all for it. Ruffles, textures, pattern clashes!

HUY-HUY is originally from Vietnam and studied and worked in France before launching his own label. His first collection is inspired by the origin and evolution of the human and it presents a progression of shapes and materials. Layered pallettes, cutouts and shearling are styled up with Frida Khalo-esque unibrows and long, wet-look fringes.

In Viktoria Tisza's newest collection, she manipulates silicone rubber using a special technique. Viktoria has designed on-stage bodysuits and dresses for Beyoncé as well as for dancers on her world tour.

Angus Chiang has previously shown with Fashion Scout in London. For spring/summer 2017, he once again turned his runway into a Taiwanese rave. Acid colours and humourous silhouettes were finished with oversized earrings, inflatable waist accessories and insanely long rubber gloves. Broken down, there were some very wearable pieces like the apple-print trousers and the contrast zip jackets.

French fashion university ESMOD launched an outpost in Dubai in 2006 and several of their graduates have been showing Vancouver over the past few seasons. INSOMNIA is an ESMOD label of pinks, blues, yellow and black carefully executed across an array of textures, was tied together with large stitched x's and long-lashed eyes. 

The next Vancouver Fashion Week will take place in February for the autumn/winter 2017 season. For more details or to find out how to apply: http://vanfashionweek.com

All photos are by Arun Nevader/Getty Images for VFW