Favourites from De Montfort University at Graduate Fashion Week

Last week the Micro Macro team had the privilege of attending Graduate Fashion Week in London, the world's leading runway event celebrating the creativity of students and graduates within fashion. Showcasing the work of over 1,000 of the very best students and graduates from the most influential and inspiring universities around the world,  the event really represents the future of creative design talent. We continue to a look at some of our top picks in student's work. Today our focus is on De Montfort University at Graduate Fashion Week...

Paige Stinson

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Paige Stinson does an excellent job in her knitwear line. Many of the looks in her grad collection have a streetwear aesthetic, with the models styled in across-the-shoulder bum bags and white sneakers. 

Frasier Miller

Fraser Millers plays with nontraditional gender clothing in his menswear collection. Models wear crop tops and skirts on the runway. His collection carries a hint of nostalgia in the colour scheme and overall feel which is in keeping with the fact that he took much inspiration from old family photos of his siblings. Fraser had the honour of winning the "Innovative Knitwear Award" for this collection over 40 other graduate collections.

Stay tuned for more grad collections over the coming days...

Images by @rosalindalcazarphotography.

Favourites from Edinburgh College of Art at Graduate Fashion Week

Last week the Micro Macro team had the privilege of attending Graduate Fashion Week in London, the world's leading runway event celebrating the creativity of students and graduates within fashion. Showcasing the work of over 1,000 of the very best students and graduates from the most influential and inspiring universities around the world,  the event really represents the future of creative design talent. Let's have a look at some of our top picks in student's work. First up, Edinburgh College of Art...

Maddy Stringer

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One of the most impressive stand out graduate designers for all of GFW let alone Edinburgh College of Art was Maddy Stringer. Her collection was unique in material and construction. Laser cut details added depth to her strong design aesthetic. I particularly appreciated her choice of styling, with fun details in the heels of the models shoes.  

Billy Tempest Radford

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Billy Tempest Radford exhibited a retro-chic aesthetic. One of the few unique colour palettes that I didn't see repeat in other collections during GFW. Billy's classic silhouettes with bold accessories left a lasting impression on the runway. 

Michelle Mcauly

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One of the best parts about experiencing fashion on the runway is watching the way the garments move. Michelle's textural designs were captivating as the models walked up and down the runway. 

Rosey Norman

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And finally we have Rosey Norman, whose fire-y collection really caught my eye. Each look was layered in complexity so I wanted to see the garments close up and really study the collection as both a whole and for each individual look.

Keep tuned to check out our favourites from other impressive design schools at Graduate Fashion Week...

 

Images of Billy Tempest Radford's collection by @rosalindalcazarphotography.

Weekend Wardrobe

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Editor's picks for weekend living in BC.

This weekend Micro Macro will be heading to the BC Seafood Festival, the largest seafood and ocean celebration on the West Coast of Canada! There are a lot of fun weekend activities on the agenda over summer, so we’re thinking it’s a great time to refresh our wardrobes.

Let’s take a look at some weekend wear for Vancouverites!

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Now it wouldn't be a weekend wardrobe for Vancouver without a jacket handy. We love JACKET 030137 in two colourways from the Woo To See You boutique at Yaletown and Main. In a cotton fabric, it's the perfect weight for cloudy days.

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BETH Crosby Tee, White Linen. We love the simple shape of this boat neck tee with set-in cap sleeves. Designed in a cropped fit perfect to wear with high waisted pants. Features a back slit with button loop closure. Also available in black at Nouvelle Nouvelle located at the corner of Cordova and Cambie.

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Next we're headed to 8th & Main boutique, located at...(you guessed it)...8th & Main Street. We love this Nasiba Backpack, a cute nifty bag to keep your essentials in whilst your out and about. We love the minimalist style.

 

 

 

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Devon Paper Bag Waist Pant in black. These paper bag pants are the epitome of casual chic. Pair with a plain, cropped tee to really bring out the cinched in/wide leg silhouette.

 

 

 

Stay comfy in the daytime with a pair of flats like these Bronze Age Massa Suede Babouche shoes from Misch at South Granville. Such a stylish option, and so easy to slip on!

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All pieces are available online (click the links) or in the stores in Vancouver.

If you’re a bit of a foodie who loves seafood and spending time outdoors, head over to the BC Seafood festival this weekend. There’ll be food and drink samples, chef demos, music, wildlife tours, and an oyster shucking competition.

Where? Head over Filberg Heritage Lodge & Park, Comox on Vancouver Island.

When? June 8 - 17, 2018.

https://bcseafoodfestival.com/

Style Chronicles: Samantha Mariko

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My name is Samantha Mariko, a half-Japanese blogger, model and DJ from Orange County, California, currently based in Tokyo, Japan. After graduating from UCLA with a Bachelor’s Degree in Piano Performance 6 years ago, I made the bold decision to move to Japan to pursue a modelling career and have been here ever since. I started my personal style blog back in 2011 while attending university, but it wasn’t until after I relocated to Tokyo that it started to grow. On my blog SamanthaMariko.com, I offer practical yet inspirational styling, beauty, travel, and growth advice to young individuals in an effort to promote self-expression, empowerment, and overall well-being. I hope that my blog can be the premier source for the unique “LA-meets-Tokyo” style to young audiences around the world, in addition to providing best-in-class editorials on Tokyo life and the latest in various trends.

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I’m currently a Cosmo Icon and monthly contributor for Cosmopolitan Japan,  co-founder of La Fondue Tokyo, an initiative to promote the Tokyo Underground scene, and former narrator for NHK World’s Kawaii International.

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When I was still living in California, the image I had of Japanese fashion was very girly, and half-Japanese girls with long brown hair and doll-like makeup were trending. The mistake I made when I first arrived in Tokyo was trying to fit that image. While it did take a while for me to find a style, a look that really suited me, this was triggered by my first part time job at a fashion boutique in Roppongi.

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As I worked there, I realized that my style didn’t have to be all floral and lace – thanks to my colleagues I had discovered an edgier style that is also prominent in Tokyo. This is when I started to incorporate my LA style with my newly-acquired Tokyo one and it kept evolving from there. Same goes with my hair style; I went from the typical long, brown hair to jet black, to a blunt bob with a fringe, and now an edgy pixie cut that I love more than any hairstyle I’ve had in my life. I believe that discovering your personal style and what really looks best on you is a process that doesn’t happen overnight.

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Since I love fashion and beauty, I can say that I made a good decision to move to Tokyo. With so many genres and sub-genres of fashion, being in the city everyday is an inspiration. I most definitely wouldn’t be the person that I am today without all that I’ve experienced in Tokyo. And by situating myself in such a diverse city that is so different from anywhere in California, I’ve come to embrace that I have a mixture of both American and Japanese culture in my personality, my tastes, and my appearance. The people I’ve met over the years have helped me realised that I can offer something unique, which is my “LA-meets-Tokyo” style.

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Style Chronicles : Javan Hoen

So...about my style:
I'm about living my life and dressing for the situation I'm in- or want to be.
I'm in love with cities and I try to combine this love with my work as a performing actor for theatre and television. With this lifestyle, I can be living in a city for just a few weeks or even months in the year.

Every city has its own atmosphere and history that totally inspires me.


I consider Amsterdam as the love of my life which I'm probably gonna be bound to forever. With Amsterdam, I keep it basic. If you have lived here long enough you will notice that the city is sensitive to hypes as it's very up-to-date with the rest of the big cities around the world. If you want to keep up with this carousel of fashion then you're going to end up looking like a clown! That's why Amsterdam motivates me to take a step back and stick to the basics. "Wherever the crowd goes, run in the other direction. They are always wrong". – Charles Bukowski. Brands like Won Hundred, Son Of A Tailor, and SamsoeSamsoe run my style.

My relationship with Amsterdam can be hectic and I can have the feeling that I'm missing out. On these moments I love to travel to Vienna, she is my best friend and knows exactly how to keep me grounded. Altogether I have lived for a year in Vienna and I feel like I really got to know her.


Vienna is the total opposite of Amsterdam. Vienna only cares about herself, the quality and durability of life; first you hate it, eventually you love it. The city is one big museum with all it's history, and there we have our mutual interest and the main reason we became friends. They don't call Vienna the capital city of classical music for nothing (!) though she can be a bit dusty, as if time has been standing still.


This inspires me to go back to my own history, I was born in 1989, so that means; Born in the 80’s raised in the 90’s. I love to wear high waisted pants with strong leather shoes, boots, or sneakers, preferable with a nice sweater that I try to tuck in my pants. To stay loyal to Vienna; keep the quality and durability up! Brands like Levi’s and Dr Martens are essential in this one.

Sometimes I hang with new strangers or old familiars like New York, Berlin, or Paris which can be inspiring and exciting! But through the years I discovered that my style is about basic quality with an influence from the city and mood I am going through. Rock, urban, alternative or hipster is what I appreciate, but I don't get lost in these styles. I try to stay true to my closest and dearest because fashion fades but style is eternal.

Words by Javan Hoen.

Follow Javan on Instagram to keep up with his style...

@javanhoen

TBILISI FASHION WEEK F/W 2018

Anyone who heard that I was going to Fashion Week in Tbilisi raised an eyebrow and asked, “What? Is there a fashion week in Georgia? “The answer is yes.

In the past three years, Georgia has been one of the most intriguing cities in the world, and not only for tourists who love hiking but also for the fashion industry. After all, Balenciaga’s creative director and his team are all from here, and let’s not forget his super trendy brand Vetements that is considered the most sought after brand in the world. Georgia is known as a country of spectacular views, unparalleled local hospitality, and a rich cuisine of local delicacies that can not be found anywhere else in the world. And of course the financial factor, Tbilisi is considered one of the cheapest cities for tourists, especially for us Israelis who love a good deal. The colourful culture of the country adds so much wealth to the local fashion, with their knowledge of sewing, knitting and handicrafts, the designers’ collections here certainly fit into the magnificent landscape.

This is my fourth time at Tbilisi Fashion Week, and everything gets better each time. The young designers meet world standards and present their winter collections to the best buyers, journalists, and bloggers who come from around the world to see what’s new here. And just like us Tel Avivians , the Georgian fashion events do not pass here without snacking between shows and presentations. The food simply won’t stop coming to the table. A selection of local cheeses, fresh and organic vegetables and their famous local wines are simply a divine combination.

A striking fact about the local fashion industry is that it’s dominated by women. The organizers of the event are four impressive women, and 99% of the shows shown here are by local female designers. This season some designers caught my attention, Sayya The Ukrainian designer Luba Makarenko presented a colourful collection inspired by the 80’s, with breathtaking jackets in a variety of colours, geographically printed dresses and knitwear to make the winter colder and less gloomy (the zombie suit I wore is hers-see first pic).

Ani Datakoshvili is a young designer with a distinguished aesthetic, her collection starring in the pages of Vogue and other major magazines. The collection combines a distinctly local style that is black clothes in oversize cuts but also a selection of especially feminine items.

Another fashion designer I got my eye on was Moscow based Miro who presented a collection close to my heart with long floral dresses and suits tailored from men’s suits, a wearable and feminine collection with a variety of items to suit our climate, sold! The designer Elenny went on various geometric prints inspired by the 90’s and presented a varied, custom-made collection that combined elements of nature. Jewelry designers Ethery Accessories and Atelier Marta presented stunning jewelry, both of which represented magical gardens, events that will be remembered by many guests because of the magic in the air.

Tbilisi’s Fashionistas are very recognizable with casual and oversize styles and although the country is identified with prints and fabrics most of the girls here are actually dressed in monochromatic or black colours. In Georgia, there is no admiration for designer clothes and trends and in general, for shopping, they have a distinct style of their own and most prefer to buy useful items from local designers than to spend all their salary on the fashionable item of a well-known fashion house. The women, as I have mentioned, appear to be strong young mothers, so that the priorities do not include unnecessary spending. This season you could see back to the 80’s with shoulder pads, with wide cuts of pants and dresses. Their practical wardrobe also includes a lot of flat shoes; Tbilisi is a city located between mountains and high hills so it is difficult or even impossible to wear heels. If there is something I learned from the local girls, it is to show confidence even without trendy and overpriced clothes.

Location Tbilisi Fashion Week Fall Winter 2018, Museum Hotel

Words by Roza Sinaysky @moodyroza

Photos: by Liya Geldman

Retro, Revived at Vancouver Fashion Week

A personal favourite period in fashion history is the 1960s. The big hair, vivid colours, and vibrant patterns, these hallmark traits of the 60s were present in my favourite looks at Vancouver Fashion Week.

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Viktoria Tisza used the iconic volumized hair of the 60s to match this figure-enhancing look. 

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Pariah used bold eccentric patterns and pop art, which gained popularity in the 60s. There was playfulness to Barbara Riordan's looks, and a winged eye further enhanced the retro feel. I love the A-line mini skirts in this collection.

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Mazarine’s line was also playfully feminine, and made use of bright colours. Her collection was filled with bright vibrant pieces that worked together to create a new take on a retro look. The look above shows Mazarine’s high-waisted shorts and halter top which give vintage appeal.

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Japanese designer Nozomi Kuwahara debuted a monochrome yellow look accented with an eccentric neon yellow headband. The variety of yellows and modern styling brought nostalgic 60s vibes to the collection.

Nostalgia was something I felt at fashion week, thinking about bygone eras in fashion. I love to see how the designers of today rework 60s colours and silhouettes into something new.

Images by @tristenwilliams

Minimalist Trend for FW18

Contemporary minimalist looks were in abundance at the Fall Winter season at Vancouver Fashion Week. Designers showcased pared down styles that are perfect for a modern workplace look or chic everyday wear.

Designer Lyndsey Jackson has designed sophisticated styles for her brand Phased by LJ. We love these two artfully simple outfits, accented by metallic silver makeup.

ChenXChen showcased a toned down collection with full monochrome looks. One of my favourite pieces was this burnt orange jumpsuit. The style showcases the looser fit of the collection, with a unique asymmetric sleeve line.

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Miranda Watson’s line was similar to ChenxChen in its simplicity. Her collection featured a variety of muted, earthy tones on structured silhouettes.

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Wet Ink, another contemporary line, featured a dramatic use of black. This simple monochrome look captures the boldness of the collection with an emphasis on smooth texture.

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Australian designer, Allie Howard's collection, GRID, was inspired by shadowplay and reflection. Her clean cut textiles convey the depth and intricacies behind shadows and reflections. I love the graphic gridlike texture created in leather.

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Local brand, This is James, put forth a sleek menswear collection providing an elevated look for the modern man. This loose wide leg shorts and tailored jacket combo is a perfect example of the minimalist style.

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You can't go wrong with a simplistic, ultra-pared down style. I will be keeping an eye out for matching co-ords and monochrome colour palettes for the FW 18 season.

Written by  Alexa Wenzel

Images by Tristen Williams @tristenwilliams

Art x Fashion, Yuner Shao at Vancouver Fashion Week

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Yuner Shao created a highly expressive, avant-garde collection this season at Vancouver Fashion Week.

Who doesn’t love a loud textile? Shao created super artistic and colourful fabrics. Using digital and screen printing techniques to layer drawings and shapes on top of each other, the final fabrics came together to be truly aesthetically pleasing. The illustrations in bright yellows, blues, and reds, along with the black and white made each piece quite abstract. It would have been incredible just to see the artwork on a canvas, but to see these graphics placed on silhouettes was absolutely jaw-dropping. Watching this New York fashion designer's show really felt like I was at an art exhibit.

The looks had a lot going on; with a mixture of different primary colours, materials, shapes, patterns, and layered graphic prints. However, it was not overwhelming and everything meshed together impeccably well.

With large patch pockets, bold buttons, loose belts, lines, circles, drawings and words printed, one could only imagine the designs on paper. Each look matched effortlessly with the colour scheme with graphic prints placed throughout which made a cohesive line and a strong statement.

The loose and oversized clothing portrayed the designer’s youthful intention. She drew the graphics to show perspectives of the ‘Chinese Dream’ and to create anti-propaganda. This gives her line meaning and creates a discussion, which is what any designer can hope for.

These pieces were thought about inside-out, pun intended, as the insides of the jackets and pants also included illustrations. The shoes sported graphic prints as well proving the effort and attention to detail Shao has put into each look; it is truly compelling.

Shao's work was particularly special because I could see how her menswear looks could not only be worn on the runway but adapted for everyday outfits as well. Overall, this show was a stand-out in fashion week. The experimental and original designs Shao has created, left a memorable impression and now all eyes are on what she is going to devise next. 

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Written by  Jessica Haltrecht (@jeshalt)

Images by Arun Nevader for Getty Images

Fall Outfit Inspiration from Vancouver Fashion Week

This season at Vancouver Fashion Week there was an incredibly diverse set of looks and a range of styles. Although runway fashion is bold and screams cool, it is not always something that you can feel comfortable wearing to work or out with friends. I’m here to tell you differently, you don’t always need to be so daring to rock a runway look in your everyday life. Here’s my Ready to Wear guide taken from this year’s fashion week- I have included brands and my favourite looks for runway steals that you can wear on a day-to-day basis!

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Alex S. Yu

Alex S. Yu explores colour panelling in his FW 18 collection. It's easy to replicate this runway style without going overboard. This babydoll dress is one of my favourites from the line, and I love how he paired it with a striped turtleneck underneath. His use of complementary colours, such as the pink and red worked well together.

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Not For You

If you are into cool streetstyle, this brand is for you.

This jacket screams “Look At Me”. I love the irony in that the look is so pared down and simple and yet this contrasts the obvious call for attention.

You could wear this jacket for everyday wear, a perfect example of how runway wear doesn't need to be over the top.

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Not Dead Yet

I love the vertical line of the long zipper on the pants and the oversized white button up that drapes and hangs. There is something compelling to this developed but simple look. I recommend this as a new style choice, as I'm sure you have a white shirt ready in your closet!

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Eaux Troubles

Incorporating bright colours into my wardrobe in the fall brightens up gloomy weather. This red jacket from Eaux Troubles is one of my favorite styles fresh off the runway. In an oversized sizing, pairing it with a tighter dress underneath works well for a flattering fit. Additionally I appreciate how the designer styled it with a dress of more muted tones, making the red jacket really pop.

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Alicia Perillo

Alicia Perillo showcased sophisticated and chic designs you could easily slip on without feeling too outrageous or overdone. Her clothing is beautifully stitched, and elegant with deep colours, such as mustards and dark purples. Overall, her line inspires confidence and allows the wearer to feel comfortable whilst making a statement. I always use accessories as an easy, affordable option to make an outfit appear more high fashion, and her fur ball earrings are just perfect for this!

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To recap, this season's wish list was full of bright pops of colour, oversized outfits, simplistic grunge looks, and beautifully crafted gowns. I devoured  all that Vancouver fashion week had to offer this year, and greatly appreciated how accessible it was for those that may be intimidated by runway fashion.

Vancouver Fashion Week Day 7

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.

Vancouver Fashion Week Day 6

Saturday, March 24th, at the David Lam Hall in downtown Vancouver marked a sensational evening of design talent from across the world.

Returning designer Kirsten Ley stunned the crowd with a dark and powerful collection. ‘Nero’ featured a considered colour palette of blacks, neutrals, and deep greens. Sculptured leather was juxtaposed with sheer feminine features, with fitted midi skirts and straight leg pants. An artistic expression for FW18.

 

Blue denim chaps and contrast edge collars brought a western vibe to Evan Clayton’s FW 18 collection NAUSICAÄ, a visual exploration of the classic Studio Ghibli film. Flounced silk voile and crystal clear rhinestone embellishments brought out a feminine feel with a muted palette of black, pewter, navy, and soft nude.

KO by Katherin Olivos kicked off the show with a contemporary dance trio. This Chilean designer, inspired by the diverse landscapes from land to sea, has designed gowns that create movement featuring hand-crafted words and embroidery on heavy and light fabrics. Plus-sized models paraded their fantastical voluminous structured dresses down the runway, with elegant glitter prints catching the light. A line of showpieces, with matching headwear and makeup, the finale showcased Canadian and Chilean flag inspired looks.

Inspired by the transition into the new year, YoonKyung Jang for Korean brand SETSETSET has designed festive prints featuring graphic stripes and white florals in bright colours of red, blue, pale pink, lime green, and yellow. Peplum waists and frilled hems give an ultra-feminine feel to fitted skirts and jackets which are paired with red tights and pointed heels.

Japanese designer Nozomi Kuwahara presented a playful collection in a bold colour palette of yellows, pinks, purples, and reds. Hints of humour shine through the line with a yellow high turtleneck totally covering the face, a mock crocodile leather dress complete with eyeball embellishments, and colourful ‘shoe monsters’ adorning the models feet. Experiments in fluffy faux fur and a red sparkly ‘tongue’ wrap around dress gave a youthful feel for FW18.

Eros Tolentino, an Italian designer, featured ruffled dresses with overlapping fabrics. Inspired by the true story of 52, the loneliest whale in the world, Tolentino uses raw fabrics and oversized silhouettes to give a soft feel to an artistic, conceptual line. Basic staple pieces such as button downs, trousers, and tailleur are the fundamentals for textile manipulations.

Vancouver local, Alex S. Yu returns to VFW for FW18. His unisex collection ‘The Crimson Demur’ featured loose structured silhouettes with subtle patterns. In classic Alex S. Yu style there was a casual feminine feel with bright reds complimented by both deep and pastel pinks in mini and floor-length looks. For menswear, we saw statement bomber jackets, shorts, and pocketed T-shirts.

Vancouver Fashion Week Day 5

Friday night was a night of contrasts at the David Lam Hall in downtown Vancouver.

Profanity by LillzKillz showed the world the latest and greatest in streetwear in what could only be described as ‘fashion-on-acid’. The young Vancouver designer gets her inspiration from music, but the clothes are unquestionable of her own expression – profane, eclectic, and cool. Lillzkillz used bold neon, shiny latex, checkered print, coloured tiger-print fur, and platform shoes to wow the crowd and kick off the start to the weekend.

Apparel Magazine curated a group of New Zealand designers in an inspiring and varied show. First, Georgette Pollock- Johnston, with the Renée collection, named after her late grandmother, shows off sensuous kimono-wraps, lustrous overcoats, evening dresses, and pantsuits. Featuring iconic imagery of Renée in a Versace-esque style, embellishments include pearls, crystals, and beads. The ‘first love’ collection by Traceygh featured pastel tones in floaty silks and chiffons for a light and free feel. Jerome Taylor for Not For You, a high-end men’s streetwear line featured a crepe de chine trench coat, logo branded bombers, and tough-looking leather boots for a collection with attitude.

San Fran based brand JK Menswear presented deconstruction-style men's outerwear for FW18. Designer Julie Kintner, inspired by the ‘uncut’ aesthetic of walking in the forest, getting lost and feeling raw, plays with patterns and textures that complement nature, with contrasts of neon and metallic for effect. Silkscreen prints feature on loose-fitting utility coats, pleated t-shirts, hoodies, drawstring shorts, pants, and bomber jackets.

L.A brand Nadjarina is all about detail, seamlessly blending organic and industrial inspirations. Thread fringe style embellishments add texture to tops, and pale blue is complimented with natural colours. The model's feet were wrapped in ribbon in place of shoes, giving off a care-free vibe which matched the garments beautifully.

Arizona based designer Alexander Sanchez showcased a flamboyant collection of feminine gowns. The elegant line expressed high luxury design and style with a transition through yards of black silk, structured dresses and jackets, sleek velvet, sequins, white lace, frilled hems, and ruffled cuffs.The showpiece; a full-length lace number in vibrant red complete with long train gave a dramatic finale.

Japanese brand Perspective.Tokyo followed a utilitarian style, with a uniform of off-white discoloured fabrics, lifted with printed numbers and letters. A unisex clothing line, with pieces to switch and layer up, all in a subdued palette. A minimalist men's look was composed of a button up grandad collar jacket with square patch pockets worn with wide leg pants and sliders. Layers of soft fabrics were shaped with belts and straps; a collection of pieces to inspire thought.

Inspired by shadow and reflection Australian designer Allie Howard looks at revealing and concealing the body. Leather is developed with laser cutting, bonding, layering, weaving, and stacking creating intricate textures for her FW 18 collection GRID. A collection of hybrid forms of natural fibres, leather and organza silk; this is clean and sophisticated womenswear with beautiful finishes and graphic shapes.

Vancouver Fashion Week Day 4

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.

Vancouver Fashion Week Day 3

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.

Vancouver Fashion Week Day 2

Tuesday evening at the Vancouver runway started with a succession of local BC based designers at the David Lam Hall in downtown Vancouver.

Atelier Grandi showcased new collection Avium, bringing elements of nature to the runway. Inspired by winter birds of the north, classic silhouettes in hues of canary yellow and cardinal red were contrasted with stark winter white. Textures of airy feathers and warm, soft furs were layered upon luxurious silk and satin to reflect Grandy’s focus on timeless elegance and beauty.

Luxurious, baroque fabrics in deep blues, reds and gold metallics accented with lace trims made a statement in the Nura collection by Nauni J, a Vancouver designer. Full skirts with tulle were contrasted with figure-hugging body suits and exposed backs. Every piece evoked a sense of glamour and luxury.

JIJIN Design of Indianapolis presented a modern, edgy collection of two-piece looks. Minimalist metallic slip dresses laid the foundation for the artistic overcoats of shiny PVC and vinyl, detailed with geometric shapes hanging off sleeves and towering on the shoulders. Sleek hair with bold eye makeup tied the look together for a futuristic feel.

Si Mee Collections brought one showstopper after another, evoking a sense of feminine flare and confidence. Elegant silhouettes with ruffled high necks, corsets, and couture chiffon were a reminder of European eras past. Sheer details and metallic bodysuits subtly contrast the light white fabrics and sheer georgette. Based out of Nevada, Rosemarie Macklin creates Avant Garde designs for all women, worthy of being seen and recognized.

Beautiful oriental prints with delicate flowers and shapes filled the runway for Baroque Japanesque. An earthy colour palette of deep golds, reds, and blacks set the tone for FW18, with prints adorning silky layers. Japanese designer Shiori Watanabe has created a wide selection of printed pieces to adapt into your wardrobe from skin-tight leggings to kimonos; the exquisite print is placed throughout with matching umbrellas as a highlight.

Allison Nicole Designs from Maryland, U.S showcased a line of elegant femininity, with soft, flowing silks and satins that gently caressed and accentuated the body, each garment adorned with signature, intricate florals. A romantic collection inspired by the female form with muted off-white, blush, pink, and nude shades. A-line waists and free-flowing silhouettes were enhanced with delicate lace, embroidery, sparkling embellishments, and tulle tiers.

An eventful evening of interesting textures, flare, and sophistication.