Vancouver Fashion Week SS20 – Oct 7th-13th 2019

The Opening gala night

Night to highlight the localtalents from Vancouver complemented with a few from further afield.An Indigenous welcome and City of Vancouver proclamation kicked off the night’s proceedings. Followedby the Nancy Mak scholarship award, recognizing up-and-coming British Columbia based designers thathave a strong creative vision and a desire to expand their design knowledge and brand reach.Next for opening Gala night, attendees were privy to the Designer Preview, showcasing an outstandingselection of key looks from this seasons designers and an exciting look at what’s to come over the next 7days of the latest in contemporary SS20 design.

Soft piano keys introduced the first offering of the night, Portsmouth, England based designerDenzilMapfumo’scollectionBrothels & Bottle Stores. The looks showcased a mix of sophistication, bold colours,and patterns—paying homage to Mapfumo’s Zimbabwe roots. The collection started with clean, casual allwhite outfits, with notes of reds and blues. After a model donned an all-red outfit on the runway, boldcolours, leopard print, plaid, and lace rolled out shortly after. In the mix, Mapfumo nods to the 60s and 70swith flare pants and tucked in turtlenecks, but with modern twists on classic strappy dresses. Blurring thelines between gender and sexuality,Brothels & Bottle Storesfinished off with a masculine style bride—complete with a train and bouquet.

German brand INSIDE/OUTSIDE STUDIO is changing the way we create and design clothing. DesignerJulia Talita Pagenkopf honours Japanese culture and appreciates sustainable fashion strategies.Pagenkopf showcased her line,Transcultural Deconstruction, in which she uses secondhand textiles fromJapan and Germany to create styles that merge traditions from both cultures. As rock music echoedthroughout the room, each model adorned with the same hair and makeup to really showcase the clothes. Transcultural Deconstructionfeatures edgy silhouettes with a large influence on pattern and variationswithin each look. Pagenkopf’s usage of second-hand textiles represents her desire to push the fashionindustry towards sustainability by developing a collection that embraces the concept of zero waste. Shealso celebrates imperfection through using secondhand materials and subsequently prolongs the life-cycleof clothing.

A wash of rainbow colors flooded the room and cheerful music echoed throughout as each model dancedon the runway adorned in multicolored garments and wigs. A neurosurgeon turned fashion designer, Dr.Maaya studied art and design in London and returned to Japan in 2013 to openDr. Maaya Laboin Tokyo.Dr. Maaya uses an interesting tool to produce her clothing: a glue gun. She maneuvers the glue gun tocreate unique and innovative garments to bring light to people’s lives and push the boundaries of what isacceptable in the fashion industry. Dr. Maaya herself is the definition of bright and colorful, her energy andstyle brings a smile to the audience and lights up the room; exactly what her vision was for her brand. Asshe finished her show singing and dancing on the runway, the entire room was ecstatic dancing along withher.

ANQA is the label by designer Madeleine Blanc Vantier from Strasbourg. Coming from a line age ofcouturieres, her training in Paris led to styling for Guy Laroche Haute Couture. Inspired by nature,asymmetric rufflesin coral colours flowed down the runway like waves, along upbeat, tranquil music. Thefirst piece was a neon yellow suit, signalling the collection’s modernist approach. From gowns to dresses, the collection shines in versatility-wearable at work and anevening party. The highlight was a vibrant reddress with flowers forming the train. Blanc’s years in couture training was evident in the clean, sharp lines and intricacies of petal arrangement. Elegance and sophistication were told through Blanc’s technique,proving the collection timeless.

WooLeeXwas next to hit the runway. A master at integrating paintings with fashion, fabrics took on new life and form as designs blurred the line between garment and canvas. The colour palette arced from paleblocks of white to vibrant tropical greens and acid blues. Top designer Jerry Hsieh brings with himinfluences from Taiwanese’s traditional culture with embroidery, braided tassels, dragon and lion dance,and historic figure Guan Y that ran throughout the collection. Seeking to combine different cultures fromaround the world, WooLeeXColorcollection provides a statement SS20 offeringthat is sure to make its mark.

Shin Ae-yeon debuted her first ever fashion week collection on opening night of VFW. Her label,Andar, is anod to the modern woman’s minimal and comfortable take on high-tech fashion. The collection Stretch YourStory promotes body positivity, inspiring a beauty that goes beyond shape and size. Mechanical pop and drumming opened the show, as models of different sizes walked to the beat. Beginning with her choice oftechnical fabric, the range of street and athletic wear sit soft on the skin, but give a vote of strength andconfidence to women. Model silhouettes were accentuated by black, white, and silvertights in minimalstyling. Outerwear ranged from boxing hoodies to trenchcoats-all light and mesh-focusing yet again onthe models’ natural form. Unafraid of accessories, glossy visors, handbags and fanny packs madeappearances. More than just functional, Shin’s collection finds strength in the feminine.

The generosity and commitment of our sponsors, suppliers and supporters is more vital than ever. Pleasehelp us by acknowledging their support for Vancouver Fashion Week October 2019. Thank youtoRedken,Ken kozuki, Jean Paul Gaultier, Hungry Guys and Sole Vodka Water.

Vancouver Fashion Week (VFW)

Vancouver Fashion Week is the fastest growing fashion week in the world and the only industry event that actively seeks out to showcase international award winning designers from over 25 global fashion capitals. For 33 seasons , VFW has celebrated multicult uralism and up and coming designers on their runways. VFW strives to identify undiscovered designers by providing an accessible and internationally reputable platform. Through international media coverage and cogent buyer connectivity, VFW has provided theexposure to project past designers on to international success. Thank to Sortimentos.comModa Eventos, Redken, Ken kozuki, Jean Paul Gaultier, Hungry Guys, and Sole Vodka Water.