Last week I had the privilege of attending Vancouver Fashion Week (Fall/Winter 2017). I had a complete blast (if you follow me on instagram, you’ll have seen a lot of the behind-the-scenes!) Today I am giving you a recap of sorts; talking about my personal favorite shows and of showing you what I wore!
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The first day I was able to attend was actually day two of Vancouver Fashion Week; Tuesday March 21. For my look, I decided to go with a French, vamp-y sort of vibe. The bow blouse is a favorite of mine – it is so versatile – and paired with a flared mini it felt very French school girl. I went with tan accessories and a bold red lip to complete the look.
There were a number of great shows on March 21st but my personal favorites were Mahari Collection, KARIMADON & Relentless Lifestyle.
The attention to detail in this collection was second to none. I could not get over the intricacies of the beading and stitching as well as the gorgeous accent balls that were featured throughout the collection ( … there has a got to be a better way to describe them. #BloggerFail haha) Below are some of the looks.
did a livestream of this show on instagram and thank goodness
livestreams don’t save because I’m quite sure I sounded like an idiot
the entire time haha. I was so blown away by the beautiful pieces that
my rarely-coherent-and-so-not-helpful narration consisted of me exclaiming “oh. my. gosh. // this is GORGEOUS. holy cow // this
piece is stunning // WOW.”etc. haha
I have seen quite a few runway shows over the years, and I can honestly say this one moved me more than any other. I love the trend in recent years of moving runway shows towards being more artistic performances. Relentless lifestyle began with audio clips about creativity and inspiration. With a great beat and an atmosphere of retrospection and creativity the models then took to the runway. The models were dressed in black full body suits, with each wearing one piece from the Relentless Lifestyle collection. The blank canvas of the full body suits, especially given the atmosphere and music, was just an incredible way to showcase the designs. You really saw each and every item for what it was as an individual piece of art. Pretty cool stuff.
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The second day I was able to attend was Wednesday March 22nd. I was in a completely different mood than the day before, and I wanted my outfit to reflect that. I wanted to wear this matching set because I love the feminine/masculine combination of a matching cropped pants set. I added my new Kate Spade purse and my old pink heels to compliment the grey and provide some print mixing between the floral in the bag and the windowpane of the matching set. My favorite shows from this day were Designed by Beely and KIRSTEN LEY.
Designed by Beely
What I really liked about this show was the real-world ‘wearability’ of the collection. The collection had a realluy interesting (and very Pacific North West, in my opinion) combination of professional & eco-friendly. The pieces featured classic lines and office-appropriate structure, but with envionmentally conscious fabrics and earth tone color palettes.
This collection was the epitome of fashion meeting art. The ‘tops’ were essentially cast molds of women’s bodies creating the most uniquely beautiful pieces. These were complimented with pieces of flowing silk. The designer has a really interesting backstory, in terms of what lead to the creation of this collection. She was diagnoses with scoloiosis as a child and had to wear a back brace 22 hours a day. She was therefore inspired by the dichotomy of restriction/breaking free and her pieces absolutely reflect that. She is definitely a designer to watch, and I can’t wait to see what she comes up with going forward.
Thanks for reading! I hope you feel like you got an inside scoop into VFW. If you have any questions, let me know!
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