Monday, September 29, 2014

The invitation came in brilliant red, an important missive, for sure! It turned out to be for an exciting event on the evening of September 23; a cocktail party to celebrate the up and coming Canadian Arts and Fashion Awards (CAFA) coming up, January 31, in Toronto! So pleased to see "outstanding achievement and emerging Canadian talent in Fashion Design "recognized and celebrated". Joe Mimran (Joe Fresh) was awarded, last year, for being an icon of Canadian Style and is also the Chair of CAFA.  Jeanne Beker received the 2014 Vanguard Award, Jeremy Laing was awarded for his Womens Wear Collections and Travis Taddeo for his Mens Wear. There are at least 12 awards in total and honorees will receive theirs at the Fairmont Royal York, Toronto.

This was an evening, then, to learn more about CAFA and to meet members of our own fashion and design community. Held at the Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel, in downtown Vancouver, we had lots of opportunity to meet and greet and to share the wonderful refreshments, catered by the hotel, and to have photos taken at 'the wall' because of course, in the middle of Vancouver Fashion Week, VIFF, Design Week, Open Doors and so much more, we're now in the habit of dressing for the occasion.

So thanks sponsors, and especially to Sephora for the little black gift bags! Thanks to the organizers, and to Vicky Milner, for that stunning invite, welcomers and to the gracious staff of the Fairmont. We will be going from one Fairmont to the next as we watch the January 2015, very well deserved awards, coming right up!

Special thanks to Sonia K., photographer and partner in all things fashion!

Dressed up to celebrate creative
minds and achievements: Sue left and 
Samantha far right (BWSS My Sister's Closet),
Me and Sonia the photographer

Ruiz Y Laza, Donna Kuczynski, Me and Samantha (My Sister's Closet)

At the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel for the Canadian Arts and Fashion Awards

Oysters, Sushi and a gorgeous array of delicious catered by the Fairmont Pacific.
Such a lovely welcome to the event!

Sponsors for the CAFA Awards - thanks to Sephora for the little gift bag!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

The location, the designs, the audience, the models, the music, the format, what more can I say except extraordinary, world wide, futuristic, wildly creative and that Vancouver eco friendly and health conscious show construction and presentation.  Not much paper, no plastic bags, lots of recyclables, gorgeous plants, (not cut flowers) music, ballet and very friendly, efficient ticketing, leading to a relaxing, yet dynamic experience.

Priscille Cavinet (Paris) The silky, fitted tops and skirts with front details and 
varied hemlines would flatter petites, as would the shorts.  Fabulous hair 
and jewelry and Priscille, herself, modelling her look on the runway.

Shinya Yamaguchi (Japan) showed a men's street and formal men's 
wear collection that had the instant attention of the men 
sitting by me.  We celebrate you!

Thabo Makhetha (South Africa) gorgeous colors in beautifully detailed and 
visual jackets and capes.  Brilliant yellows and blues.  I want them all.

Atiz-the perfect white summer dress, short and very feminine, 
lots of reds and golds and Atiz, herself, on the red carpet.

Akira Kuwabara (Japan) Stunning, futuristic dresses, in 3d, complex 
shading of greys, blacks and reds.  Origami like cutting and styling of 
jackets and coats.  Begone hooded raincoats, Vancouver! Akira, 
you bow to your fans and we stood up and bowed to you.

Daiki Shimizu (Japan) Fantastic layered and ruffled, grey dresses - 
perhaps 50 shades of?  Wonderful design execution.

Blushing Boutique - floral, flirty and fitted designs, great 
for all figures but lovely for petites like me.  Patterned sundress, just one of 
those you'd love to find but easily made to fit and flatter at the boutique.
Kudos designers!  This year's the one!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Over 65 collections from all over the world, were shown, this year, at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre Plaza, a much more central and scenic location than previous sites.  The weather was sunny and warm, showing off a city that is a jewel in summer and fall.  Attendees dressed it up, (as always) and here is Joel's (up and coming designer) eye catching shirt.  Rosemary on violin, (check out those shoes) and Roy on a Steinway from Tom Lee Music, accompanied the Goh Ballet dancers down the runway for the first show of Tuesday evening: Mary Zilba (Real Housewives of Vancouver) and her gorgeous line:Lotusactiva!  There was lots of celebration of Japanese wear for the Japanese designers...O Japan, the beautiful.  Vancouver Fashion Week #VFW, the place to be to see the most fashion forward designs, ever!

Monday, September 22, 2014

The Mid Autumn Moon Festival celebrates the harvest moon and families gather to eat mooncakes, light lanterns, listen to music and participate in many other cultural activities, here at the Dr. Sun Yat Sen Garden.  On Sunday, September 7, we toured every space, each lit up with candles and lanterns.  Every view of the garden is different: a pagoda, stone tiles, ponds, courtyards, rooms, and tiled roof against a skyline of new towers.  Everything and everyone is reflected in waters stirred by brilliantly colored Koi fish.  A mighty dragon waits to add a breathy fire to greet the moon.  Ceremonies in the garden surround us with incense and ritual and young children, especially are fascinated and drawn in.  Music by the Vancouver Chinese Music Ensemble extends the magic of the evening.

Photos by Luke and Colleen


Sunday, September 21, 2014

CAFTCAD Celebrates Costume! While TIFF was in full swing, media professionals and guests of CAFTCAD gathered at the Spoke Club to celebrate costumes from film and TV. On display for the evening, were 16th century period garments from CW's show Reign, costumes from the vampire horror-drama The Strain, wardrobe from the historically based adventure movie, Pompeii and finally, costumes from the crime fighting hero film The Masked Saint.

CAFTCAD has been successful in promoting Canadian talent in film and television, both in Toronto and around the world. This annual event was an opportunity for media and guests to get a behind the scenes feel for the costumes, characters and influences on the costumes. Since its first event in 2009, CAFTCAD Celebrates Costume at TIFF, continues to grow with over 200 film, TV and media professionals in attendance each year. A fantastic event! 

Some of my favorite costumes of the night. Very dramatic and a great experience to see them up close!

For more information on CAFTCAD visit the CAFTCAD website. There is also going to be a big sale on October 18th. Save the date!

Space Janitors

The Masked Saint




The Hazing Secret

Via the CAFTCAD Gallery 

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