Monday, May 2, 2016

I first met the fabulous Sam Stringer at her Grad Show: THE FINAL CUT, Kwantlen Polytechnic U.
She absolutely owned that runway with her Vesuvius Collection! She names her dresses after notable and accomplished women: Jeanette, Kristina, Norah, Amelia, Joan, Amanda, Diana, Gloria, Jacqueline, Georgia. Think Art, Flight, Fearlessness, Leadership and more. She brought her fiery Joan D'Arc Couture Gown to our little thrift shop at 1092 Seymour, where Volunteer Extraordinaire, Kayla, modelled it. There are many more women, here, who would wear this beauty, with pride and confidence! This gown, like all of her collections, is a "fierce design" rich, opulent and well crafted to fit and flatter. Her portfolio and brochures are coffee table treasures and JOAN is described here: "Digitally printed Crepe De Chine full length gown with bias pleated twist top bodice, centered back metal zipper. Boned internal boustier with separating zipper." The print for the VESUVIUS collection came from the work of local artist and photographer Jack Wass. Sam Stringer gathers friends around her, includes them in all that she does and credits, credits, credits. She organized The Exhibition: Clothing

Up Close by Emerging designers, at The Portside Pub, Gastown, and introduced us all to yet another evening of unbounded creativity. She will be showing at Vancouver Fashion Week, this Fall, so be sure not to miss her.

And what did she see at the Closet? Three of the most interesting dresses that were hidden in the racks. Drapes, jewels, swirls and those fiery colors. She left them behind, this time, as she is concentrating on her collection development. I want to buy it all. A customer who came in just after Sam left, said, "Oh, look at these; someone picked them just for me!" She bought them all.
Thanks Sam Stringer! See you at My Sister's Closet, again, soon. We will all be there for Vancouver Fashion Week, starring you!

See more about this fabulous designer at Olio by Marilyn R. Wilson
Still more at

Dianna Drahanchuk and Sam

Keiko and Dianna

This was a spectacular show, a farewell event that cascaded its way down the steps of the iconic Seattle Art Museum. Produced and directed by Eduardo Khawam, this visual feast featured many courses, and I have chosen a few of my favs to share:

Opening: Suitsupply

Welcome by Eduardo Khawam and Amy Yamada - 
setting the tone for an evening of dreams realized through achievement

Fashion Designer Erick Bendana - Feathers, headpieces, fans, glitter - all!

Marilyn Monroe is still everywhere and here by Metropolitan Fashion Week. 
Hand painted by Anahit Eternadi

Julie Danforth, Designer - Navy blue gown - color of dramatic night sky

Salute and Memorial to Prince, by Eduardo. Stunning finale to a beautiful show. 
All models carrying different umbrellas in unique designs and shades of purple.

Special kudos:
Hair and Make-up by Gene Juarez Salons and Spas
Models - who else could navigate with such grace and animation, all those stairs!
Kudos hosts and producers. I can only hope that farewells are like curtain calls and that we see Metropolitan Fashion Week back in Seattle, again.

PS We followed the request for formal dress for this invitation. Kate wore a floor length black and white gown, accessorized with robot earrings by Carolyn Bruce Designs. (A nod to Hollywood and Sci-Fi/Tech) and I wore silk by Maiwa and Amity Design Studio, vintage bag by YSL and, more nods to imagination and fantasy in Carolyn Bruce's Dragonfly necklace. (Instagram link?)

Thank you for the invitation and for the opportunity, Metropolitan Fashion Week and SAM!

Saturday, April 30, 2016

My Lisbon adventure has come and gone, now it's time for surfing in Ericeira! Here are a few snaps of some of the landmarks I saw while in Lisbon. Still a few more things on Lisbon to come, including my amazing dinner at Chimera restaurant.

Top - 25 of April bridge
Middle - Praça do Comércio, tram carPadrao dos Descobrimentos, The Cloister of Jeronimos Monastery
Bottom - square in downtown Lisbon, Belém Tower, narrow street, colorful tunnel

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

I am currently on my way to Lisbon, Portugal. Treasure Seeker Colleen will continue to bring great fashion posts from Vancouver while I share adventures from Lisbon and Ericeira. More to come! 

Image courtesy of CN Traveler

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

There's a little steam punk in all of us! Who wouldn't be thrilled to wear this collection of fabulousness? I have taken some of these pieces around the city and even to The Cherry Blossom Festival, this year, and I always have to share it with the many admirers who want their pictures taken with the robot rings, Japanese purse and necklace one can resist it. It is complex, with layers of symbols and accessories. How about a vintage radio purse or a chopstick embellished necklace and matching handbag? And what about earrings, rings, bracelets, necklaces and fascinators, too? The golds, silvers and oh, those reds! And the bride...when she walked that aisle, people beside me oohed and ahead about the front and back necklaces. "Let's get married again," they all whispered.

Steam on, Carolyn Bruce!

Photos by Dianna Drahanchuk and Colleen

Carolyn Bruce and Victoria Clements 

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Reg Davidson, a Haida Carver, Painter, Print Maker, Drummer, Singer and Dancer with his and brother Robert's Dance Group, Rainbow Creek Dancers, and Wendy Van Riesen, Artist and Designer, Dahlia Drive, have collaborated often on design and performance and this time, captivated the whole room, with their runway show at Eco Fashion Week.

Wendy, featuring Reg's raven images, especially, upcycles thrifted slips, shirts and other textiles and transforms them into the dresses, jackets, tops and so much uniqueness that could grace any runway, art collection, and, of course, any closet.

This runway show, music, video, dance and overall demonstration of creative excellence, heritage, and wearable art got a standing ovation. Not a single person remained in a seat. So many bravos!

Well deserved. More, and more please.

More about Reg at:
More about Wendy at:

Kudos to Dianna Drahanchuk for her fabulous photography.
Thanks everyone for a truly memorable evening! Rocked the house!

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