Monday, December 11, 2017

Writing by Colleen Tsoukalas
Photos by Dianna Drahanchuk and Colleen Tsoukalas

On a rainy, cold Friday, Dec. 1, evening, we were welcomed to a media preview for the beautiful newly designed space for MUJI on Robson. It is a huge, well organized store with the best service and quality products - everything you need for yourself and your home. MUJI is lifestyle, is the message from its many celebrants from Japan, Canada, B.C., Metro Vancouver and now, Vancouver, location of the largest store.

MUJI on Robson is a place to shop, to read, to enjoy a coffee, stamp, label and embroider your purchases and even gift wrap them. You can buy plants and the equipment to take care of them. An aroma bar is where you can create your own fragrance. Interior design can be enhanced by shelving 'wall furniture' and simple but effective organizing ideas. The MUJI Lab collection of clothing is well made, fashion forward, comes in a range of sizes.

Thank you for a wonderful evening of shopping, enjoying refreshments (all available in store) and learning so much about a great company and its community partnerships. It is a celebration that continues on a daily basis.

Here is our experience at MUJI Metrotown, too:

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Last Saturday, November 25th, from 11:00-7:00 at the Vancouver Art Gallery and at The Playhouse, there was a lovely celebration that highlighted the Design and Performance Talent of six Fashion Designers: King and Reign, Rabia Dastgir, A.Season, Alex Yu, Tetyana Golotta and Kirsten Ley, as well as Indonesian and Slovak Dance, Okinawa Taiko, "Get Bent", Puppet Theatre and Orchid Ensemble. More at

Dianna Drahanchuk was there to capture 3 looks from each of the 6 Designers and their vibrant, beautifully crafted showcase of talent here in our multicultural city, Vancouver. Thank you to Vancouver Fashion Week and the Asian Canadian Special Events Association as well as to everyone who made this so special! Kudos!

Here are the photos from Marilyn R. Wilson's Perth Eco Fashion Week Upcycling Challenge last week. The show featured the work of 21 talented designers representing 12 countries. Marilyn thanks founder Zuhal Kuvan-Mills for the opportunity to showcase! More details about the show and designers here!

Photos by Harry James Leonard

Monday, November 27, 2017

The first ever Eco Fashion Week Upcyling Challenge was launched last night at Australia's first Eco Fashion Week! The challenge, led by Marilyn Wilson, featured 21 unique, talented designers from 12 countries. Each accepted the challenge to create one runway look from used men's dress shirts that will showcase their personal point of view as designers. There were no limitations in terms of concept, but they were asked to use shirts as more than just fabric, by including at least one detail from the original garment(s).

We will share details and images from the show in the coming days! Stay tuned!

More about the Eco Fashion Week show and designers here
More about Marilyn Wilson here

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Writing by Colleen Tsoukalas
Photos by Circle Craft

From Wednesday to Friday, I hosted one Fashion Show per day, produced by four very accomplished students from the Fashion Merchandising Program at Vancouver Community College and Director, Sarah Murray, Program Co-ordinator. On Saturday and Sunday, I hosted two fashion shows. During this time, I was fortunate to meet and interview clothing and accessories designers extraordinaire. This fantastic week long event, Circle Craft Market, "proudly showcases the work of 315 Canadian Artists". Find more at the website here

The Fashion Shows featured four themes: Apres Skate, Winter Cozy, Crystal Wonderland and Holiday Party and the same gorgeous models, Briellen, Crystal, Kyra and Aerin, styled by Instructor, Dominique Hanke, graced the stage and then awed the audience by walking the aisles for a closer look. Make Up Artists, Gayle Coburn, Kelly Bui, and Hair Stylists, Jessica Lee and Renata Molinar created classic, vintage and modern looks for the models. (I want everything for my holiday events!)

Fashion Show Co-ordinators: Charlo Cedro, Kruti Patel, Olga Yevshenyna, Yasmin Tang and Volunteers, Nico Gruzling, and Nancy Drummond-Hay, you were organized, calm, efficient and the show wouldn't have gone on without you! Kudos!

Circle Craft Producers: Andrea Sanders, Paul Yard and Rossane Clamp, big thanks to you!

Designers who wowed everyone with their on stage interviews:

Joanne Hodges - Enchanted Designs - One of a kind, vintage, upcycled, recycled furs
Linda Rajotte - Silver Ocean Designs - Handmade silver, copper pieces reflecting west coast scenery and oceans
Heather Reinhardt - Mumble Tease - T-Shirts/Graphics
Izabella Sauer - Alarte Silks - at Granville Island
Kjaer Neletia Pedersen - KOME - Wraps, jackets, capes, designs for everyone
Joni Olsen - Salish Fusion Knitwear - family business, Salish traditional and modern designs
Wendy Van Riesen - Dahlia Drive -hand dyed, unique designs, collaborations with Reg Davidson,too
Ande Axelrod - Treats Designs - handmade jewellery from the rainforest
Lexi Soukoreff - Daub and Design - leggings and more
Joanna Lovett - Joanna Lovett Sterling - locket stories, silver with a secret
Heidi - Heidi The Artist - Whistler based paintings to fabric - the story of where you are on your clothing and accessories.

Thanks for a fantastic Circle Craft week, everyone!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

David Chen introduced this show as a fantastic example of Fashion as Art. It was also a magnificent showcase of the vast talents of Designers, Musicians, Magicians, Dancers, and more. Eight VCAD student designers dazzled with color and creativity. Tatiana Mezentseva's floral motifs were eye-catching and the gorgeous flower prints, embroidery, cross stitch and Ukranian symbols in Tetyana Golotta's collection were vibrant and captivating. Jason Yu's magic tricks were quick, flawlessly performed, stunning, bringing the audience very close to the edge of the stage for a closer look. Loved K-O.ME Clothing featured capes of swirling colors and plaids, the perfect fit and wearable art for all. So much, with designers showing multiple looks, all to great music and models dancing, moving with energy and enthusiasm, displaying the clothing as true Art. I loved the cultural diversity in this show; there were traditional looks from the Philippines, China, Korea, Japan and more. Kimono by Fumiko was exceptional and transported me back to Tokyo Fashion Week, one of the most extraordinary Fashion Weeks, ever! David Chen and Keiko Boxall, I bow. Thank you for an evening of beautifully organized and well orchestrated enchantment. Efficient, friendly registration, helpful volunteers, perfect seating, and the best talent around! Looking forward to the next, big show.

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