Monday, September 25, 2017

Vancouver Fashion Week Gala: Monday, September 18, 2017

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Photos and writing by Colleen Tsoukalas

Great to get to the VFW Gala to see Fashion Award Winners, to hear the Proclamation from the City of Vancouver, declaring September 18-24th as official Fashion Week, to catch a glimpse of styles to hit the runway during the week and to reconnect with fellow fashionistas, writers, photographers, student designers and many more. Always fun to see the illuminated event letters at the entrance to the Chinese Cultural Centre and get a few photos of your outfit, too. I wore a Chanel jacket, silver dress, Kate Spade shoes, clutch from my favourite thrift, My Sister's Closet and a Carolyn Bruce necklace. I could see in the long line up, blazes of color, color, color, a last look back at summer, and, perhaps a denial of the blacks and greys of Fall.

Award winners: Retail - Wendy de Kruyff, Dream Apparel
Teacher - Peggy Morrison - Blanche MacDonald School
Stylist - Diane Gagne Pacey - Holt Renfrew
Journalist - Janet Smith (Georgia Straight)
Photographer - David Fierro
Designer - Rozemerie Cuevas
Special Recognition - Chip Wilson Lululemon Inc. (and more)
Special Recognition - City Hall Fashion Advocate - Andrea Reimer, Councillor

An exciting Preview of 16 Designers followed the awards. Charley Thorn, Aiki District and Nozomi Kuwahara showed entire collections following the Preview. A complete list of designer profiles can be found at VFW website here.

Fascinated by the illustration process, I was accompanied by VCC Student Designer and Illustrator for the evening, Emmalyn McKenna, who is also a guest writer for the blog. Her impressions here.

In good company in the stands with FESVEDY and on the floor with Sam Stringer (Embers and Ashes)

A packed house and a vibrant promise for the week to come. Ever onward VFW!

Here's a snapshot of a fantastic Gala. Thanks to Nahla Hopfe for the invitation, fashion observations and for her photos of us on Facebook.

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