Vancouver Fashion Week kicked off the week in style with a sensational selection of designers as part of the designers preview showcase. 14 brands exhibited one key look from their Fall/Winter 2018 collections as a tease of the incredible talent that we are to see throughout the week. Interesting textures created with hanging threads, wire structures, and feathers, were juxtaposed with smooth clean cut leather and fitted pieces. Colours ranged from clashing brights to serene metallics. A highlight reel showcasing an extraordinary mix of design aesthetics from across the globe.
The featured designers displaying their full lines on the first night were Nicole Jedelsky, Who is ATK, and Qiongxin Kou.
Nicole Jedelsky, a Sydney based fashion and textiles designer, brought a feminine feel to the runway with velvet and silky textures. White jackets created with folds of fabric envelope the body, and pale olive tones are contrasted with deep dark forest greens. An intricate silky cowl neck dress in a golden hue shimmers in the light.
Next, Who is ATK, from Taiwan presents an unconventional menswear collection. Sport infused pieces are juxtaposed with more classical tailoring, and multiple layers create ominous structures. Huge exaggerated shoulder silhouettes, are met with hanging sleeves, and fur lined seams. An earthy colour palette of browns, greys, and whites are lifted with embellishments. A designer who believes clothing should have its own life and soul.
For a phenomenal finale, Qiongxin Kou, a Chinese designer based in New York, showcased a dreamy collection of womenswear in pretty pinks, bright blues, and canary yellows. Thigh high mirror shine silver boots are contrasted with soft textured knits. Silky shining ruffles and pleated layers, flared sleeves, and printed quilted jackets demonstrate a thoughtful collection of wearable pieces.