Friday, November 7, 2014

This jewel of a store at Seymour and Helmcken, Vancouver, is not only a great treasure hunting experience, but profits support programs for battered women and their families.  Customers were invited to donate old favs and shop for new and 'new to you' items.  Lovely refreshments courtesy of Nestors, funky music, photos, and lots of modelling, October 16th, for sure.  Gorgeous shoes, shiny shorts, wedding dresses, jewellery (donated and handmade by local artists) plus designer dresses and much more, is always available, and there is a $5 dollar rack outside the store, which is a source of lively conversation and great bargains.  The photo of 4 shows from left to right: Farah, Angela, Karen and Samantha (Sore Manager).  So many smiles and always warm welcomes.  Such a huge pile of donations and lots of digging to find that perfect silk dress, that soft leather jacket, that bag you coveted but could never afford, those boots, just in time for winter.  Lots of fun and fashion and the stories - how about a book - Yes, we are all fabulous and fashionable!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

RACHEL SIN sent two collections down the runway: #RSWORK and #RS Play.  Loved her jackets, vests and coats for the urban jetsetter!  Work is play and play is work, seemed to be a theme, here. The models' hair was side parted and curled, Gatsbyesque!  Adored the blouses with bow ties and hearts.  Light hearted and moving forward stylishly!

George Pimentel

MACKAGE: Eran Eifassy and Elisa Dahan are LaSalle College (Go LaSalle!) grads, noted for their fabulous outwear collection.  Gorgeous colors - think electric yellow, and leathers combined with other fabrics in new and unique ways.  Favorite for me was the men's trench with shorts.  Also want the women's coat in two colors!  Textures and color contrasts for the end of winter and the beginning of spring.  Lots of layering and coats never look bulky or too heavy for shorts, capris or leggings. Eran and Elisa design handbags and accessories, as well.  World travellers that they are, they bring the world to us, with a distinctly Canadian perspective.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

ELAN AND CASTOR.  This their runway debut so congratulations on an excellent first!  The stunning upswept hair (buns for ballerinas) set the tone for serious grace, and the flirty short dresses, in particular, showed the fun, after the performance party side of things.  Loved the shifts over pants, maxi dresses and intricately dyed, patterned two piece looks.  Beautiful colors and luxurious cotton, wool, silk materials.  Accolades Leah Antoinette!

George Pimentel

NARCES: Nikki Wirthensohn, the designer, took her inspiration from 17th-18th century Victorian era birdcages and sumptuous, multi level design and fabrics.  Silk, knits, florals and lace, off white and pastels characterized this collection.  Such attention to detail and knowledge of the past added to now.
Loved the brilliant use of lemon yellow - a forward look to sunny spring.  The satin yellow dress is stunning.  Pearl embellishments throughout the collection, are exquisite.  Bejeweled and bedazzled!
Thank you for providing a one page bio and list of clothing descriptions - very helpful for learning and buying!

MINNIE MOUSE PRESENTATION was the most interactive and entertaining event of my three days at World Master Card Fashion Week.  Sponsored by Mercedes-Bentz Start Up and Disney partnership, this gave 6 new designers the opportunity to show their very creative, imaginative, beyond the runway, sides.  This was also a competition with start up money for business, as well as other resources.  Hosted by Samantha and Cailianne Beckerman, we not only met 'Minnie" but also saw a video of her tour of Toronto.  Minnie's dress history was featured in posters around the room and models on pedestals (of course) wore 2014 versions of her latest outfits.  Loved all of the dresses, and especially Sid Neigum's winning sophisticated little black dress for Minnie out at the Academy Awards or at Fashion Week.  Fabulous catering by Ritz-Carlton - gorgeous bites, easily portable and gave us all yet another designer accessory!

Minnie pictures via Fashion Magazine

MELISSA NEPTON' S collection was all about work looks for Spring.  This was the urban career woman's wardrobe, sporty, casual but chic.  Loved the vivid blue pants and jacket and white blouse! Soft textures and prints and interchangeable, fluid but professional.  She designs her own jewellery and footwear.  Everything in one place.  I'm going!

Designer Kimberley Newport-Mimran wore runners at the finale of her Spring/Summer 2015 collection.  They were black and white, stylish and functional.  This is the world of work, career, world, all of it!  There was the power black, the black suit, the black dress, the statement blouse, the strong colors, the clothes that fit, and flatter but never impede movement.  The geometrics and prints, again, focused and dramatic, colorful, edgy, modern pieces that reflect the best of the 70's, including the music but minus the shoulder pads.   The Pink Tartan Line can be found across North America, locally at Holt's and The Bay as well as internationally.

George Pimentel

Mercedes-Benz Start-Up is an initiative and a competition that searches out emerging Canadian designers and supports them with considerable business start-up resources, including money and mentorships.  Of the six designers chosen to show their collections, Sid Neigum was the winner of the $30,000 start-up and also won the Disney-Mercedes-Benz Start-Up award (for his modern look black dress for Minnie Mouse)  Prior to this, the Alberta born, New York trained designer, won the Toronto Fashion Incubators New Labels Award in 2012.  His 2015 collection was the math I was never able to master but might have if he had been the teacher! (Big maybe)  Origami folds, geometric shapes and cutouts really made the eye travel and follow!  When I went outside, after the show, I immediately took more notice of the architecture of the city.  It's all about noticing the world, bringing it closer and then reflecting your own interpretation back.  The soft colours of this collection were all the shades of early morning to late at night and of the end of winter and beginning of spring.

BEAUFILLE (Formerly CHLOE COMME PARRIS) is designer sisters, Chloe and Parris Gordon.  Chloe creates the ready to wear lines and Parris designs the accessories.  This collection, too, features geometric cut outs and fashions transitioning from winter to spring.  I loved the long coat/dress over leggings.  One of a kind, for sure!

BLAK.1  Helder Aquiar and Diego Fuchs showed lifestyle collections for today's urban woman.  The edgy styles featured leather and graphic prints and black ankle boots and thigh high comfortable, wearable boots.  These for my little closet, please.

VAIKEN is designed by Valerie Tolila whose collection was an elegant and sleek line of black and white, featuring cutouts and fabulous minis, especially!  Loved the shimmery sci-fi like v neck white mini with detailed hem and the sleeveless mini with cut outs at the waist.  Black was softened with sheer overlays and loved her version of the little black dress.  Her dress for Minnie Mouse was my favourite: a simple shift with detailing at the neck and a plastic overskirt of circles - such an update for Min.

ELIZA FAULKNER is designing from Vancouver Island and I think her collection has a distinctly West Coast vibe.  It is described as being for "the elegant sportif" and that is apparent in her pieces.  Natural fibres, strong, vibrant colours and clothes that fit and flattered characterized this spring/summer collection.  Standout for me was the turquoise maxi with cap.  Loved the running shoes as accessories. Also charmed by her modern dress for Minnie: a red mini with bows at the shoulder!  Sweet!

LAURA SIEGAL based in New York and Toronto, (best of both worlds) is multi talented!  She is a silversmith, knitter and dyer as well as being a terrific designer.  She is known for her ethnic designs, the result of collaborations with Asia and Latin America and very likely, more to come.  As a hat person, I loved the turban, the silver neck and arm jewellery as wonderful accessories for a unique collection.  The dye work, especially in the long skirts/wrap arounds were captivating.

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