Sunday March 25th marked the grand finale of a full week of fashion shows at the David Lam Hall in downtown Vancouver.
First up, local brand This is James presented a sophisticated collection of menswear. Classic pieces such as trench coats, pinstriped trousers, and crisp white shirts were juxtaposed with modern detailing such as studs along shoulder seams and floral printed segments.
NOT DEAD YET, an experimental menswear label from Vancouver explored identity and sexuality in the collection SHAME. Models walked with attitude wearing latex in black, vibrant yellow, and acid green with white text ‘pics?’ and ‘loading’ emblazoned across garments.
A duo show meshed the work of US based brands Yuner Shao x Zherui Huang seamlessly together. Yuner Shao’s creations acted as a canvas to carry anti-propaganda messages fusing graphic prints in primary colours. Bright yellow patch pockets and loose belts enhanced the youthful vibe.’ Zherui Huang’s casual unisex collection had a focus on technical details. Zips, buckles, and laces infused a sports aesthetic into loose silhouettes with asymmetric shaping. Men’s bold blue wide leg pants featured hanging straps and contrast yellow detail for a modern, fresh look.
Marronier College of Fashion Design from Japan presented two emerging designers Mono Watanabe and Rinka Hyodo. Mono Watanabe took us into the future with technical fabrics and fastenings. Greys were placed with accents of green, orange, and purple in layered pieces. Matching knee pads and high zip up neck pieces brought the collection together Rinka Hyodo’s unisex collection pushed an eclectic individual style. An oversized grey sweater was worn over a full length tiered skirt with sparkled edging. Silver eyelets added detail, whilst a textured hood covered in spikes created a unique look.
Next, designer Nadrey Laurent from Ghana showcased a sleek line of figure-flattering dresses with a clerical inspiration. An extensive use of black and white was a nod to the Catholic nun Louise, the Black Nun of Moret, with prints of her character adorning the fronts of looks. A black full-length dress with gold floral detail and high ruffled neckline stole the show.
Milena Rojas brought modern pieces to the runway with computer code prints on transparent PVC layers. This Chilean designer has experimented with texture, utilising tubes and curved lines of beadwork to adorn sweaters, dresses, and culottes. A dark colour palette of blacks and forest greens brings a moody feel to FW18.
Sunday showcased a strong variation of design aesthetics with an evening of delights to end the FW18 season at Vancouver Fashion Week.