The fall season may have just begun, but fashion weeks around the world have already been well under way with showcasing their spring/summer collections! This past week, Vancouver Fashion Week kicked off on the West Coast, showcasing an incredibly diverse mix of emerging and established designers, both local and international. We snagged a front row seat for the Day 3 of Vancouver Fashion Week to give you a peek at what’s gracing the runway.
We saw lots of on-trend pieces on the runway during Atelier Guarin’s show. Ruffled sleeves, flared pants, over-the- knee boots and oversized shoulders were all prominently featured. This was definitely a ready-to- wear line – in fact, we would put most of these items on our shopping wishlist! This may be for Spring/Summer 2018, but we think they would look great on the street ASAP. Designed by Sebastian Guarin, the brand is all about the strong female character, who has an excellent sense of style, and is driven to find standout pieces. Sound like someone you know?
Autum Jules Designs
Designer Autum was raised in her traditional territory, shaped by her Tinglit culture, the land and her aunt Elder Pearl Keenan, and those influences were certainly visible in this runway collection. Earthy tones, moccasin boots, indigenous beadwork and feathers all caught our eye. Especially a certain emerald green sequin number, which at first seemed not to fit with the other pieces, but Jules’ inspiration for this glittery number apparently comes from the glistening of running water, and the vivid green signifying Jules’ deep connection to the earth.
If you’re a shoe lover, you’re going to want to put these guys on your radar! These funky shoes by high end Italian shoe brand Hunsel are completely customizable, giving the wearer an entirely unique pair of shoes every time they walk out the door. The large front panel of the shoe allows you to insert a new style in seconds. Talk about versatile.
This couture collection, Reminiscence, from JAAJ was certainly one of the more avant-garde of the evening. Saghar Bazargan is an alumni of Vancouver’s Blanche Macdonald Centre and the University of British Columbia, and now continues to work on her designs locally in Vancouver. And this local has some serious talent. We loved the draping and textures she used in this latest collection. The combination of textures like leather and burlap were a refreshing twist.
Love leather? Then Madame Katjina’s new collection is right up your alley. Leather has continued to be a major trend, and we also spotted some right-on- trend floral embroidery in there too. Her embroidery skills are said to be inspired by her Turkish-East European roots, and her expertise in custom leatherwork here is evident. An interesting feature was puffed up collars, seen on the red jacket below. Asli Katina Bozdag, the designer behind Madam Katjina, is a recent graduate from Blanche Macdonald’s Fashion Design Program in Vancouver. Great to see another local featured on the runway!
Serious workwear vibes were coming from Mouton Blanc’s runway collection shown at Vancouver Fashion Week . Well, workwear with a bit of darkness. There was an edgy, grungy feel to these designs, but we love how they still have the remnants of classic business wear. Mouton Blanc’s designer Hakuyo Miya used lace overlays, relaxed tailoring and button-downs and juxtaposed them with a very clear gothic style, and we loved the combination.
PHOTO CREDIT: Getty Images for Vancouver Fashion Week Management
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Britta is the founder of VancouverVogue.com, a fashion and beauty blog based out of Vancouver, Canada. Britta is a prominent member of the Vancouver fashion and beauty community, and is also a luxury and lifestyle brand PR specialist with White Rabbit Communications.