It’s no secret that Vancouver Fashion Week, Nov. 1 – 6, has had difficulties getting off the ground. But ask anyone who’s been to a runway show at Masik Studios. This season VFW is at its best, proving that the Vancouver-based event is ready to follow through on its promise to be the West Coast’s most illustrious fashion industry event. There’s a packed roster of high-profile designers showing their Spring/Summer 2012 collections.
Dana gave you an overview of the hottest fashion event this season. Now here’s the inside scoop on the highlights of Vancouver Fashion Week so far:
Why VFW Spring/Summer 2012 is the best so far:
“We’ve been working 12 hours a day, seven days a week and our efforts have really paid off. This season we have 56 talented international designers, the highest number so far, and a new location at Masik Studios,” says Jamal Abdourahman, Vancouver Fashion Week producer.
High profile talent:
Callisti by Martina Mueller
Born in Vienna, Austria, Martina Mueller presented her first collection successfully at age 19 in an avant-garde fashion shop in the Viennese 1 District. It was a slow journey, but it was well worth it when the designer launched her label Callisti in 2007. Mueller’s simple yet distinctive designs show a full understanding of a woman’s form. The result is a collection of clean, elegant pieces with the occasional ornate detail.
Joseph Ribkoff, who launched his womenswear label in 1957, is a celebrated Montreal-based designer known for his classic looks with retro references. The catwalk was buzzing Wednesday, Nov. 2, when Ribkoff sent his spokeswoman, Miss America 2011, down the runway at the opening show. All of Ribkoff’s clothing is designed, sewn, and produced in Canada, a feat that separates Joseph Ribkoff from the rest as one of the leading exporters in the Canadian fashion industry.
New talent to watch:
Tiny dinosaur by Naomi Yamamoto
Tiny dinosaur designer Naomi Yamamoto is an up and coming talent who trained under iconic Japanese designer Issay Miyake. The tiny dinosaur aesthetic (for men and women) is edgy J-hippy or avante garde Japanese street fashion.
Vancouver-based designer Eva Chen studied fashion design at Luxun Fine Arts University in China. Chen launched her first collection in 2010 and has received strong local coverage for her quirky twists on the cocktail dress and the skirt suit. Chen isn’t afraid to integrate a touch of shocking colour or a stand-out sleeve to transform boring femme into sculpture.
Vancouver Fashion Week: Spring/Summer 2012 is on from November 1 – 6, 2011. VFW tickets run $25 per show are available here.