Tuesday, October 24, 2023

Vancouver Fashion Week - Originator Awards Oct. 17, 2023 Why Awards Matter

When Vancouver Fashion Week opens its first evening with its special welcome to the week, by Sarah Murray and then, Deborah Baker drums and sings us into celebrating this land and people, and this sets the stage for us to meet the Originators: the Designers, Artists, Writers, Makers, Inventors and Entrepreneurs who are being recognized for their major contributions to the Industry and to the Community. And so to all of you, winners and nominees, from past years, today and in the future, we see you, we celebrate your achievements and are honoured to be in your company, if only briefly, here, remembered in evenings like this.

Categories are: Retailer, Teacher, Journalist, Photographer, Stylist, Hair/Makeup, Designer, Wholesaler and Special Recognition. I love this last category as it is open ended and extends the possibilities for additional categories.

Observations about a few past Winners:

Plum Clothing: Was my go to lunch break store when I worked nearby. Gorgeous displays and current trends in a range of sizes (Yes) and full of shoppers.

Teacher: Lisa Gellert is always mentioned by VCC Fashion Students, when I interview them. I see her at every show and she is surrounded. I met her at Nordstrom and she knew the best places to look. Peggy Morrison, Blanche Macdonald Fashion was fellow fashionista and writer, Dianna Drahanchuk's favourite Teacher and when I walk by the school, I think of her. I also have seen her at most shows and she, too is surrounded. 

Journalist:  Susie Wall and Lisa Tant are still writing and are very much in evidence in our community. They keep us on trend and looking at colour and design.

Photographer: Angela Fama is very well known in the fashion and film communities. Every season, I try to do a post or a reel of photos of our iconic FW Photographers. They all deserve to be here. I am taller for them.

Hair/Make-up: I haven't been behind the scenes that much but this time, I spent time with Donna Baker Brightingham Founder/Creator of Bully Blocker, and, I am forever transformed. Big fan, too, of VCC hair salon whose Students truly demonstrate the VCC Effect.

Designer: John Fluevog - Will never forget the many store events, especially one with Ivan Sayers and his vintage collection paired with matching vintage and modern Fluevog Shoes.   Also, I have two pairs of Fluevogs, which I have worn recently and to many previous FWs.

Special Recognition: Ivan Sayers got his award for his vast vintage clothing collection and sharing it with so many, through his monthly events at SMOC and with anyone who phones to make an appt. New Documentary out about him, Melanie Talkington of Lace Embrace and Claus Yahnke Collection. 'Ravishing Rags...A collaboration of Telus Originals, SMOCCanazWest and Museum of Vancouver.

Writer Marilyn R. Wilson is noted for her fabulous Designer interviews, in advance of Vancouver Fashion Week, and for her blog, Olio by Marilyn and for her support of us all, during each fashion week extravaganza. 

Observations about a few of this year's Winners:

Posting my photos of those in the spotlight this time.They are all Award winners every day. Note that Himikalas Pamela Baker @himikalas, got the Designer Award and is a Teacher and Mentor to so many. She has had her designs at the Vancouver Art Gallery, recently and has been at VIFW, since the beginning. Deborah Baker, Artist, and spectacular, Award Winning new Designer, Rebecca Baker G graced the runway, Sunday, Oct 22. 

Teacher Award this time is for Nargas Khabazha, whom I met when I visited Lasalle College Vancouver. Tape measure around her neck, she came out to meet me.So loved by her Students and I wish I had known her when I got to be Costume Mom for my kid's skating club. Note: I don't know how to sew. And nominee Julie Berg, who so elegantly and passionately is there for Design and Student Designers...what a talented staff and that is reflected in your shows. I include a photo of Eduardo Ramos, who "showed his grad collection at Vancouver Fashion Week in 2022 and in Paris, London and Milan." Student, Designer, Instructor...the world.


Note that Sarah Murray often wears designs by @vccfashion and this fabulous black dress is by VCC Alumni Tia Rose Apparel (@tiaroseapparel)

Sarah Murray and Deborah Baker

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