Day 6 at Vancouver Fashion Week SS20

Vancouver Fashion Week SS20 – Oct 7th-13th 2019 – Day 6

Saturday night brought a focus on traditional pattern design from wonderfully diverse backgrounds.

Vancouver based designer Alex S YU delivered his SS20 collection The Jejune Certainty . The collection featured an eclectic mix of ready to wear streetwear. Yu showcased a dreamlike and whimsical collection with undertones reminiscent of Al ice in Wonderland. The collection was full of fun ruffles and statement sleeves with unexpected proportions. Color blocking and interesting silhouettes mixed with different fabrics all within single garments put a modern spin on the experimental collection.

GIBIZARRE, created by designer Laura Grote, took “fire and ice” to the next level when it showcased its eye catching dichotomy collection. Dichotomy was inspired by the contradiction between hot and cold, positive and negative. The collection featured a variety of expressive fabrics, oversized sleeves, and an elevated take on bodysuits in bright, contrasting colours. Playing with staggered centres, bright colours and contrasting fabrics, GIBIZARRE conveyed ele ments heat as light bounced off the garments in flashes of blue and red. Dramatic, draped fabrics danced across the wearer’s figure, playing with the viewer’s perspective by creating different illusions at every angle, and illustrating the perfection that can be found in asymmetry. Through this collection, GIBIZARRE has created a mesmerizing middle ground for contrast and asymmetry to play in.

ANK by Amrit Kaur explores the ubiquitous yet dynamic relationship of women and clothing in the form of bridal and everyday wear. Tangerine Sky is glitter and gold. Models with long braided hair and bare midriffs symbols of beauty in India formed a flowy train and glided down the runway. Tunics were the silh ouette, some with sleeves, some without. Sparkly, golden embroidery patterned the silk, creating an air of austerity. Models looked like princesses to be wedded off with head jewelry (customary in Indian culture). A mix of bridal and high street fashion, the collection was made for the contemporary woman.

From a collective of Franco Taiwanese graduates from L’Atelier Chardon Savard in France, SOROR COLLECTIVE was born. Showcasing its new collection, DO NOT GET ME WRONG , SOROR COLLECTIVE made a statement about gender equality at its first ever Vancouver Fashion Week show. Adorning its purses and blouses were empowering messages: “support gender equality” and “don’t get me wrong / sexism sucks.” DO NOT GET ME WRONG emphasized equality and non gender specificity, using neutral, soft colours and uniquely styled scarves and hats on both male and female figures to signify the upheaval of gender norms. The layered, natural fabrics and unique silhouettes were inspire d by nuances of the human skin such as scars and stretch marks, turning them into something to be admired and celebrated. SOROR COLLECTIVE’s exploration of layered gender identity is the mark of a young brand with a bright future and a message to share.

On screen, a model caught in plastic wrap tore it open, defiantly breaking out of the bubble she found herself in. The idea behind Amy Herndon’s Ization Studio is to challenge and deconstruct societal norms with experimental styles. Born out of her own questions of personality and struggles with mental health, Identity Crisis blurred the lines of gender. Looks were casual and comfortable: Androgynous oversized shirts; small shorts; cargo pants; hoodies; tunic dresses. Swap the outfits between the male and female models and they would still have looked on point.

DANHA is the namesake brand of Korean Danha Kim founded in 2018. With roots in Hanbok style (traditional Korean outfit for semi formal/ formal occasions), it is evolving into a haute couture house with a focus on sustainability. Soft colours of pink, blue and green painted the models in a demure light. Well constructed puffy layered skirts and short jackets combined into a silhouette reminiscent of the late Joseon Dynasty (an important period in Korean history) think a magistrate’s dress. Kim draws her inspiration from historical artifacts, while staying modern with recycling fabrics. DANHA is part of a global phenomenon in introducing the Hanbok into contemporary fashion.

Ay Lelum The Good House of Design is a clothing line designed by Coast Salish sisters Anualee and Sophia Good of Nanimo, British Columbia.Ay Lelum features artwork from traditional Coast Salish artists William Good and W. Joel Good In all of their designs. The SS20 collection, which debuted against a backdrop of Coast Salish artwork set to traditional music recorded specially for show, is full of detailed pieces in bold, bright colours. The collection of dresses has something suitable for all occasions from cocktail length day dresses to stunning evening gowns, made of luxurious silks and chiffon accents. Mindful of every detail, Ay Lelum’s SS20 collection includes barrettes that are shaped and coloured to match the beautiful artwork displayed throughout the collection. Drawing inspiration from their fathers cultural teachings and artwork, the designers provide a beautiful representation of the Coast Salish people and their rich culture The night ended with Australian designer Aubrey Chayson’s Unapologetically Feminine collection. Aubrey Chayson is known for its promotion of ethical labour, natural fabrics, and ending the use of plastics in the fashion industry, and these values truly shone through in tonight’s climate strike inspired demonstration. A group of dancers opened the collection, and were followed by models in beautiful red and white gowns.

Carrying bright red signs in their hands, models showcased the underlying message of the Unapologetically Feminine collection, with phrases such as “ethics are sexy”, “slow fashion is good fashion”, “say no to polyester” and “I believe in a plastic free world.” With models of different ages confidently walking the runway and even performing a dance number at the finale, Aubrey Chayson was a champion for ageless beauty, conscious consumerism and sustainable fashion. The gowns were also made completely of silk and using 100% ethical labour, embodying minimal, ethical comfort. As Aubrey Chayson conveyed beautifully in this s how, there are “no parties on a dead planet”: and this party was a hit.

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