Wednesday was a night to highlight local design talents from Vancouver and Canada as a whole.
VCC kicked off the night with a wide variety of grad student talent. James Jurome created a fresh collection of edgy menswear with a military influence, featuring an original print of enzyme treated tencel twill. Stella Chu’s collection of classic pieces in a nude palette oozed confidence, and Nico Gruzling’s line of casual womenswear brought utility inspired overalls and hooded dresses with creative cutouts. Katherine Potter closed the show with ‘Circus Circus,’ a fun and over-the-top mix of loud prints paired with fur, leather, and floral embroidery.
KPU alumni MUVMINT draws from a dance background to create a line that is simple yet effortlessly cool. Each piece is inspired by hip-hop culture. Cropped windbreakers, letterman jackets with oversized text, and a plethora of spandex in a neutral palette combined for a collection built for both the stage and the streets.
CRAZYYABAI, the brainchild of 16 year old high school student Ming Lim, electrified the runway with her collection of unconventional looks inspired by the punk energy of Tokyo. Mesh jackets, fishnet sweaters, and bright plaids were covered in dramatic graffiti and accented with chains. Bold black eyeliner topped it off to set a rebellious tone.
Against a soundtrack of heavy rainfall, Studio Jason Siu’s unisex collection highlighted a style of sophisticated everyday wear, each garment striking a balance between luxury and versatility. An imaginative attention to detail, with subtly unique elements including zippers open at seams creating new shapes. A standout look; a beautiful a-line white gown featuring rainbow coloured triangle embellishments concentrated around the bodice and dispersing downwards.
With an aim to break stereotypes, designers Luis Padilla and Ana Carpio from Toronto based brand SUPRAMORPHOUS featured a genderless series of clothing. Collection Anthracite, inspired by black diamond, offered an all-black colour palette with matte and shiny textures, and fringing breaking up sharp cut pieces.
King and Reign closed the night with a show-stopping collection that exuded elegance. Ethereal gowns in soft hues of blush and aqua graced the runway with a dreamlike quality. Plunging necklines and bodices of feathery lace paired with trailing skirts of airy chiffon that floated around the runway. The collection exquisitely expresses femininity as a work of art.