Throughout this year’s hybrid Vancouver Fashion Week Spring Summer 2022 season, seven global designers were able to virtually showcase their collections. The digital showcase occurred on the first of three days filled with awe-inspiring style. This virtual show was live streamed through the official Vancouver Fashion Week YouTube channel. From designers all across the country, to Korea, Japan, China, and Mexico, viewers were treated to a stunning showcase of international style.
Audiences listened to each designer introduce their collection and discuss the meaning behind their garments. Individual fashion films from each brand were uploaded according to the show schedule.
Starting off, Emily Ann’s Design from Saskatoon presented “Memories”, a fun collection that uses up cycled textiles. Designer Emily Ann Ives created the brand in 2016 and is currently pursuing a fashion design degree at X University (formerly known as Ryerson University). These garments were made by hand during the pandemic. A standout piece was a long coat created from old shirts in varying shades of blue. That checkered textile she created was also used to create a dress, jumpsuit, and was a featured motif on a loose pair of pants.
Ontario-based eponymous brand Madaleine Nelson showcased a bold luxury womenswear collection. She started her brand shortly after receiving her BA in Fashion Design from Solent University in Southampton, U.K. The collection featured silks in neon green, hot pink, coral and multicolour paint splatter print. The garments were flowy and flirty, with an assortment of maxi dresses, halter wrap tops, and various sets. Models of all shapes and sizes strutted in this showcase; Madaleine Nelson emphasizes body inclusivity and offers garments from size 8 to 22.
AUBE is the first Korean brand with a line of vegan bags. This luxury accessories brand was founded by Yeon Jae Kim, named after the French word for “fresh stat”. They presented the “PEBBLE” line, inspired by stones that have been eroded and rounded off by waves over decades. With classy designs, AUBE’s pieces came in easy-to-style shades of cream, white, and tan. Created with recyclable vegan leather by local artisans, these beautiful bags were made to withstand the test of time.
Independent Chinese designer Sophie Wang’s showcase was entitled “Noonday” and included visually interesting knitwear. She is a recent Rhode Island School of Design graduate, and this collection plays with the human obsession to create personal fiction and interweave reality and fantasy. The loose and layered silhouettes were inspired by Kaiba, a 2008 sci-fi anime series directed by Masaaki Yuasa. Some standouts included a green checkered tank top, white and blue tiered ruffled dress, and the tan winged skirts.
Sowelu.Keiko Kadoto is a label based in Osaka, Japan. Prior to creating her brand, Keiko Kadoto graduated from Osaka Mode Academy and worked as a photography assistant, stylist, and costume designer. This latest collection featured bright colours and wild prints in free-from silhouettes. A rose patterned dress was paired with a pink lipstick-printed clear raincoat. one model wore a look created with neon yellow and neon orange satin, white mesh, and white netting. Many pieces featured contrast stitching and were styled with lots of layering.
NILLRING is a contemporary Korean handbags and accessories label that presented “The time which lost seasons.” The brand’s creative director Ji-eun Kim, created this collection to give daily healing and happiness to the wearer. The pieces are all manufactured with locally skilled makers. Handbags, caps, necklaces, and belts were emblazoned with the brand’s name or signature NR. They offer an assortment of shoulder bags, mini bags, and cross-body, in sleek and trendy styles that are fit for a big city lifestyle on the go.
Lastly, Coco Paloma from Mexico showcased a stunning cultural collection of bridal and evening-wear pieces. Designer Paloma Solís was inspired by indigenous Mexican clothing and crafts, using her line to bridge the gap between ancient techniques and modern styles. many of the local artisans that crete her pieces are women experts in handicraft weaving, embroidery, and sewing. Jaw-dropping pieces included a black maxi dress with detailed embroidery on the bodice and lining the bottom, and a gorgeous veil a floral detailed edge.
To re-watch the Vancouver Fashion Week Spring Summer 2022 Digital showcase, visit the official YouTube channel.