Day 6 at Vancouver Fashion Week S/S19

Saturday, September 22nd, 2018 – Vancouver, BC – A real mix of design aesthetics for day 6 of Vancouver Fashion Week.

Shamsha Hashwani, a luxury contemporary womenswear designer from Pakistan, opened the evening with a tribute collection to her late mother ‘Shanaz’. Inspired heavily by merging tradition with modernity, the line featured an array of bejewelled silk gowns and jumpsuits in emerald green, deep fuschia, and royal blue. With an atelier in Karachi, the label showcased skilled intricate workmanship with 3D embellishments and cut-work appliqué. Beaded floor length sheer sleeves and masterpiece shawls stunned the crowd.

Local brand Studio Jason Siu presented new menswear collection ‘Ecdysis’ taking inspiration from the processes of an insect’s life. With refined tailoring, delicate butterfly prints on white shirts, and a reversible metallic raincoat hinting at the insect’s jewel tones, a cohesive theme was developed. A deconstructive concept was pushed with the use of a collared shirt hanging against the body with straps.

Oxygenated crimsons, rich dark blues, and bone colours from the human circulatory system made up the colour palette for Canadian designer Kirsten Ley’s conceptual new collection MITØSIS, about the division of self. Printwork of anatomy diagrams incorporating florals created visual intrigue, offset by sculpted leather silhouettes. Magnificent textile manipulations made for an artistic collection.

Moquo stormed the runway with wacky outrageous prints in vibrant colours. The French label designed by Manon Parisot brought a fun flare for SS19 featuring animal stripes, jungle leaves, abstract shapes and Aztec inspired patterns.

From Trench to Duster it was coats galore with Lorem Ipsum. Based in British Columbia, the brand added a level of sophisticated simplicity to proceedings with Jessica Lee’s take on classic outer layers. Featuring a variety of lengths in muted tones, tie up belts, tartan accents, asymmetrical hemlines, and double-breasted lapels, the collection did not disappoint.

Taiwanese label Loop Theory presented their thought-provoking collection of deconstructed pieces representing different corners of the world. Elizabeth Peng aimed to symbolize diversity with her panelled baby doll dresses and skirt sets by seamlessly stitching clashing prints of city/nature landscapes together. The designer pit strong and pastel colours against each other by pairing each look with tights in electric blue, shocking pink, and blood orange.

To end the night, Japanese women’s apparel brand eimy istoire, known for their mixed-materials and cutting-edge designs, presented a pretty pastel pink and grey collection with ruffles, tulle, and feathers. Feminine silhouettes were structured from peplum waists, drop shoulders, and voluminous skirting. Velvet, silk, and lace created texture. A serenely feminine concept for SS19.

Photos by Arun Nevader for Getty Images

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