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Monday, September 17th, 2018 – Vancouver, BC – Opening Gala night at Vancouver Art Gallery’s šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énḵ Square (formerly Vancouver Art Gallery’s North Plaza/ Georgia Plaza) marked a sensational evening of runway shows for Vancouver Fashion Week.

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First up, the Originator Awards were announced to celebrate key people who have helped grow the Vancouver fashion industry. From Stylists to Retailers, Teachers to Make-up Artists, all manner of skills and professions were commended. Details can be found here.

On the first night of SS19, attendees were privy to the Designer Preview. The sampling was eclectic and innovative with a range of designers on full display. From ethereal and feminine silhouettes, playful blush pink structured dresses with palm prints, to gothic, veiled Spanish gowns, the Designer Preview had a bit of everything. With such varied pieces, intrigue and excitement were felt throughout the crowd with anticipation bubbling around collections yet to come throughout the week.


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 the runway with poise to kick off Vancouver Fashion Week’s first full collection. 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.


6-D Sebastian Masuda presented ‘Reboot the Kawaii’, featuring acidic candy colours, synthetic fabrics, faux fur, and an excess of embellishments. Digital printed leggings, biker jackets, and a tulle skirt layered with transparent PVC, gave a youthful and casual feel in neon colours. Japanese artist, Masuda Sebastian, questions “what is fashion?” with a multicoloured fur ensemble with huge towering headpiece; a dramatic look. Harnesses, lace-up belts, and fur clutch bags accessorize the collection. A men’s outfit featuring a hot pink ‘Bijou jacket’, with glistening pins on the lapel, worn with knee-length shorts, gives a fresh look for the SS19 season.

For Vancouver Fashion Week, opening night was full of delights.

Photos by Arun Nevader for Getty Images

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