Thursday, March 22nd, 2018 at the David Lam Hall in downtown Vancouver marked an evening of variety with a strong selection of designers from around the world, and a special four-legged friend opening a show.
Kicking off the night were students from La Salle College in Vancouver. The feature began with an attention to Global Warming – rethink, reuse, recycle as the theme for the four collections. The first designer was Shuo Yang, who beautifully layered blue and white tones together. Second, Azam Rezahosseini transitioned to gold and floral details, with pops of colour from the inside linings of black and white pieces. A full-length black tulle skirt added volume to a line of sleek bodysuits, slitted pants, and high waisted short shorts by Daniela Dominguez. Sharp black and white contrasts were utilized with creative cuts and mesh fabrics, with textures created by boning and fastenings. Next, Gurkirat Narang’s collection brought pastel hues of nude, red and green to life with detailed high extended necklines. Alannah Anderson closed with a textured collection of ruffled tulle in navy blue.
Vancouver designer Melissa Yin showcased flattering cuts with her eponymous leather-based brand, presenting ‘Nine to Five’ a collection of edgy yet sophisticated pieces to take you from day to night. Bright lipstick-red leather was contrasted with cream and black shades in fitted silhouettes. A striking look was formed with an elegant black full-length dress with short-capped sleeves and a cinched-in waist. Silver star-shaped zippers and rhinestone trim caught the light with an inspiring attention to detail.
The House of AmZ exhibited stand out pieces featuring cross-stitching and cinching techniques. The FW18 collection was composed of feminine silhouettes created from wool and silk pieces. A palette of soft purple and crème colours was intertwined in A-line skirts, cuffs, and draping sleeves. Designer, Alexandra Zofcin, cultivates a modern expression of femininity.
Bia Boro Bamboo brought a fresh floral unisex collection of underwear and loungewear for FW18. A youthful energy ignited the runway with tropical floral prints on soft cotton fabrics perfect for laid-back days. A special guest, Christopher the Pig brought smiles to the audience as he opened and closed the segment.
Australian brand Minestilo put a spin on blazers and trousers with pleat detail and structured fabric. The folding and origami techniques create dimensional and modern shapes from a classic look.
U.S designer Jordan Ewing for ZURI bridal showcased a dreamlike collection of wedding gowns. A tribute to her grandparents’ era, the style accentuates the classically glamorous period with polished elegant silhouettes. Fine laces and intricate beading complimented beautiful chiffon, silk satins, crepe, and organza. A highlight was an exquisite beaded floral lace gown with sweetheart neckline and exposed back.
Bright clashing colours and eccentric prints marked Barbara Riordan’s collection for U.S brand Pariah. The designer’s brazen sense of humour shone through her new unisex line, ‘Alchemy’, with vibrant cartoon prints on sweaters, circle skirts, and trench coats. Black is used throughout as a contrast to emphasize the vivid tones. A highlight look; a bright yellow comic strip printed two-piece featuring cropped fitted jacket and a 3 tiered mini skirt.