Monthly Archives: March 2013

Fashion Cares: Human Trafficking Awareness & Fundraiser

Fashion Cares: Human Trafficking Awareness & FundraiserMarch 28, 2013

Last Thursday, Vernard Goud of LuvNGrace threw a fantastic event at the gorgeous Waterfall Building to help raise awareness and raise money to fight human trafficking. It was an intimate event that included fashion shows by Smitten DesignsCarnal Designs, Amanda Jackson Designs for swimwear, and Anna Talbot, while renowned artist Miriam Aeroeste showcased a series of her painted works. The event was sponsored by Danier Leather, Lancome Paris, and the wonderful Deborah’s Gate organization, which helps victims of human trafficking.

Glendene Grant gave a touching speech about her daughter, Jessie Foster, who has been missing for seven years. Jessie had been travelling across North America, and was recruited by someone in Calgary for a job in Las Vegas. Her whereabouts from there on out are unknown, but it is believed that she fell victim to an international human trafficking ring. It was definitely difficult to hear what Glendene and her husband have been through these past seven years, but they’ve been doing everything in their power to raise awareness about the human trafficking industry (my naive self had no idea it was such a prominent industry in North America). Glendene and her husband haven’t given up the search for Jessie – you can learn more about their daughter’s story at http://www.jessiefoster.ca/

The event was hosted by Mandy Ross of Fashion TV and Press Play Establishment. I had a chance to catch up with Mandy, who’s got a lot of interesting projects on the horizon, including future hosting duties with LuvnGrace and other media outlets in town. To keep up with Mandy, check out her official website at http://mandy-ross.com/ - always really refreshing to meet other people with a ton of drive and passion for what they do!

Other attendees included the always amazing Tamara Ryan of Earth Essence Jewelry, Pam Jackson of Street Cat DesignsTimeline Boutique’s Azura Cook (who also happens to style Mandy) international supermodel Kecia Nyman, and the extremely talented Nancy Perreault, who has some exciting new designs up her sleeve, including an expanded menswear line!

Vancouver Fashion Week F/W 2013: Accessible for the Public

Vancouver Fashion Week F/W 2013: Accessible for the Public - March 27, 2013

Vancouver Fashion Week came to a close this season after showcasing a grand total of 55 local and international designers.

The venue was the Chinese Cultural Center, a high ceiling performance hall which has been hosting the VFW shows for the last few seasons. The venue continues to see improvements as chairs were provided in place of the benches that were used last year and the upper viewing gallery expanded to accommodate more guests. The event also continues to become less exclusive and more open to public, becoming more accessible to the masses who wanted to check out some of the shows.

VFW’s inclusive format is a tremendous opportunity for new and emerging designers – it’s a networking opportunity that creates endless possibilities for emerging designers to branch out and meet new potential buyers and clients.

VFW typically employs dozens of interns from local fashion schools, giving those students an opportunity to get their foot in the door. The media coverage also included everything from newspapers to small unknown blogs.  This solid counter-elitist attitude brings out Vancouver Fashion Week as an accessible form of art and entertainment to the masses.

In case you have missed the shows or want to find out more about the designers, a list of links have been compiled for you to follow!

List of Designers with Links:

Day 1 : Opening Show – March 21, 2013

Eik DesignMirae KimEmily HartQiQee DesignsPandora 
from Crystique
Papillon EasternNikki BabieShelley Klassen of Blushing Boutique.

Day 2 : Emerging Designers – March 22, 2013

LaSalle College (Byron Abad, Jesper Annerstedt, Maggie Chow, Oriana Galvan, Diana Le, Annabelle Shabani, Ivan Yu and Maryam Zamani) Vivid Haiku combined with MaLina Kay Summer BootsEvan ClaytonTaste Makers Clothing by Trish PetrovichMelissa KicksGita OmriElik + Afsi, Lauren RebeccaDandilion Wind Opaine.

Day 3 : Established Designers – March 23, 2013

Angel Eye Fashion , Goldie London with hats from the Hive Mind Millinery, Fever LondonZareen FashionLucy Loves EthelVeejay FlorescaCarole McClellanTheresa Chen,  Pouneh Askarian.

Day 4 : International Designers – March 24, 2013

LUVON by Liu LuNina AthanasiouNova Chiu,Linda SipilaLila NovaHatice Ipek TohumcuJacob KimmieCamilla SalgaardAdriana Santa CruzRoksolana Bagutska.

Day 5 : More International Designers – March 25, 2013

ALDIESEspinelaBlankspot by Shivaji DuttaKoH T by Taisuke KohjiGBD – Green Black DressLaend Phuengkit with an accompanying film Miss LannaShiamak Dance, Well Groomed, Eva Chen, Jaya Misra.

Photo gallery for the entire show can be found at Flickr.

Vancouver Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2013 Day 5: International Designers 2

Vancouver Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2013 Day 5: International Designers 2March 24, 2013

This was the closing day for Vancouver Fashion Week this season featuring international designers.  Also featured was several films by designers and a half-time show by Shiamak dance troupe.

Showcased designs included works from:  ALDIESEspinela, Blankspot by Shivaji Dutta, KoH T by Taisuke Kohji, GBD – Green Black Dress, Laend Phuengkit with an accompanying film Miss Lanna, Shiamak Dance followed by Well Groomed, Stunning dresses by Eva Chen, and the closing show (with intro video) by Jaya Misra.

Keep watching for a comprehensive review of the entire VFW, with highlight photos!

(You can find EVEN MORE photos at Flickr!)

Upcoming Event: ‘Fashion Cares’ Human Trafficking Awareness/Fundraiser

Mark your calendars, Sociables. This coming Thursday (March 28th), LuvnGrace, Lancome Paris, Danier Leather and Bella Garnet Beauty Salon present ‘Fashion Cares’ – a human trafficking awareness & fundraiser at the Waterfall Building in Olympic Village (1540 West 2nd Avenue).

The event will be hosted by Fashion TV’s Mandy Ross, and will feature shows by Danier Leather, Anna Talbot, Amanda Jackson Swimwear, Carnal Designs and Smitten Designs.

Tickets are just $70, with 30% going directly to Deborah’s Gate – an organization that seeks to provide a safe and restorative environment that supports female victims of human trafficking. You can grab your tickets at Bella Garnet (1042 Hamilton Street), or order them online through www.luvngraceaffair.com.

Vancouver Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2013 Day 4: International Designers

Vancouver Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2013 Day 4: International DesignersMarch 23, 2013

This weekend in Vancouver Fashion Week showcased the international designers.  As expected for a weekend showing, the venue was packed with fashion lovers and the shows didn’t disappoint!

Featured designers in this show included: LUVON by Liu Lu, Nina Athanasiou, Nova Chiu, Linda Sipila, Lila NovaHatice Ipek TohumcuJacob Kimmie, Camilla SalgaardAdriana Santa CruzRoksolana Bagutska.

See below for the photos, and keep coming back for more photos and an upcoming comprehensive review at The Sociables!

If you missed the last three days of VFW coverage, find them here: Day 1: Opening Show, Day 2: Emerging DesignersDay 3: Established Designers.

(You can find even more photos from this set at Flickr!)

Vancouver Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2013 Day 3: Established Designers

Vancouver Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2013 Day 3: Established DesignersMarch 22, 2013

Here is another short recap as part of the coverage of Vancouver Fashion Week so far.

The third day includes various established designers and a few VFW veterans.  The shows started with the first set including Angel Eye Fashion , Goldie London with lovely hats from the Hive Mind Millinery, and Fever London.  The shows continued to on with Zareen Fashion, Lucy Loves Ethel, Veejay Floresca, Carole McClellan, Theresa Chen, and an amazing lineup yet again by the closing show Pouneh Askarian.

For more photos and upcoming review of the VFW, keep checking back to The Sociables!

If you missed last two days, you can find the photos here (Day 1) and here (Day 2).

(Something missing? You can also find more of photos at Flickr!)

 

Vancouver Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2013 Day 2: Emerging Designers

Vancouver Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2013 Day 2: Emerging DesignersMarch 21, 2013

Vancouver Fashion Week continues on strong with the second day bringing out the Emerging Designers.

Featured designers included: Various works from LaSalle College (Byron Abad, Jesper Annerstedt, Maggie Chow, Oriana Galvan, Diana Le, Annabelle Shabani, Ivan Yu and Maryam Zamani) , Vivid Haiku combined with MaLina Kay Summer Boots, a bloody show with Evan Clayton, space exploration themed Taste Makers Clothing by Trish Petrovich, Melissa Kicks, Gita Omri, Elik + Afsi, the street style Lauren Rebecca, and finishing the night with the unique and primal Dandilion Wind Opaine.

If you missed the coverage of the opening night, go see the images and read it here!

Keep coming back for more images and event coverage of the Vancouver Fashion Week Fall and Winter collection 2013 from The Sociables!

(Photographer’s note: again, you can find the full set with additional images at Flickr!)

 

Vancouver Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2013 Opening Show

Vancouver Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2013 Opening ShowMarch 21, 2013

Vancouver Fashion Week has officially started!  Fashion lovers from all over streamed in to the Chinese Cultural Center to bask in the modern expression of culture and style.  Produced by Jamal Abdourahman and featuring a solid lineup of designers, it is guaranteed to be a show you don’t want to miss.  The shows will continue on until March 24th on Sunday, so make sure to come out!

The opening show included Eik Design, Mirae Kim, Emily Hart, QiQee Designs, Pandora
from Crystique
, Papillon Eastern, Nikki Babie, and a solid closer by the local Shelley Klassen of Blushing Boutique!

Keep coming back for more photos and an in depth review as The Sociables will be there to cover the event all week!

(Photographer’s note: See the full set of images -yeah there’s more- at my FLICKR!)

THE 2013 DAVID BOWIE FASHION GLAM-BALL

THE 2013 DAVID BOWIE FASHION GLAM-BALL - March 14, 2013

If I could name the biggest fan of David Bowie in this city, I would say Vernard Goud of the LUVNGRACE-AFFAIR.  And he just happened to present a fabulous party celebrating Bowie’s first in 10-year album release of The Next Day, inviting all Bowie fans to his FASHION GLAM-BALL.  It was a truly outrageous tribute filled with Bowie inspired music, dance, and fashion, with guests actively taking part by adorning themselves with costumes and makeup in the Bowie style.  The event took place at the newly established Vancouver Fanclub and was hosted by Fashion TV’s Mandy Ross, and included fashion shows featuring: MITMUNKNANCY PERREAULT, and PRETTY BASTARD.

And a sparkly bicycle helmet.  Anyways, I just take the photos, so see them below! 

Mark Your Calendars: VEUVE CLICQUOT Vegas-Style Brunch Party

Back in February, CanThrill and Veuve Clicquot hosted a Vegas-style brunch party at Killjoy Barbers in Yaletown – because what better way to spend your afternoon than with a glass of champagne in hand, surrounded by Vancouver’s liveliest crowd? The doors opened at 1:00PM, but if I wasn’t wearing a watch, I could’ve sworn it was 2:00AM – from the lighting to the music to the lively crowd – it was safe to say they pulled off a daytime party for the books. Upon entering the venue, guests were greeted with champagne, and a brunch buffet – and sure enough, debauchery ensued!

After the overwhelming success of the initial event, CanThrill and Veuve Clicquot are aiming to make the Vegas-style brunch party a monthly occurrence – as they should! Not only that, but beginning in April, CanThrill will be presenting a different “spectacular” every Saturday – so be sure to check out www.canthrill.com for future event details.

Mark your calendars, Sociables! CanThrill and Veuve Clicquot will be throwing the second Vegas-style brunch party on Saturday, March 9th, again at Killjoy. Doors open at 1:00PM, but be sure to get your tickets in advance at www.ticketzone.com/canthrill – they’re currently going for $25 a pop. Ticketholders will be greeted with a glass of champagne, a brunch buffet, and an exclusive pair of Veuve Clicquot shades! Prepare to get your day drunk on, Vancouver!