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Jarder Productions Launch and Network Event Preview

Jarder Productions Launch and Network Event Preview October 24th, 2013

“I want to start by changing the culture in our industries in Vancouver. If you put all of your resources, assets, and networks towards a similar goal, things will change” -Mark Jarder 2013

Coming this Saturday of October 26th, Mark Jarder, a well established local media producer will be launching his new brand Jarder Productions, setting a new “standard in business and professionalism” (from official press release October 2013) hosted at the Waterfall Building.

Included in the event lineup is a network event offering connection opportunities for media and entertainment professionals in Vancouver, and a keynote speech from CEO and Founder Mark Jarder followed by words from the Looking Glass Foundation for Eating Disorders and  features a set of fashion shows presented by Hive Mind Millinery Darius John DesignsHummelle Design.  Those going will also be treated to a giveaway of about $3000 worth of discount offers and raffle prizes.

Doors are at 7:30, and the tickets can be ordered online at Eventbrite for $25 or on location for $30.  

 

Vancouver Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2014 Closing Day: International Designers

Vancouver Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2014 Closing Day: International Designers –September 21st, 2013

The Sociables were fortunate enough to catch this season’s closing day for Vancouver Fashion Week.  The last day of the fashion week featured many accomplished international designers.  The closing shows included 2HB (Singapore), Kamila Gawronska (Poland), Lilla Csefalvay (Hungary), Lava Woman (South Korea), Celestial (Mexico), Hong Kiyoung (South Korea), Ha Sang Beg (South Korea), and Kaye Morales (Phillipines).

See below for the photos!  Make sure to catch more photos from this set at The Sociables Facebook page!

 

 

Vancouver Pride Parade 2013 Photos

Vancouver Pride Parade 2013 Photos - August 4, 2013

Vancouver Pride Parade is the largest, inclusive and most internationally renowned all inclusive LGBTQ parade.  This year was the 35th anniversary of this special event and over 650,000 crowded in to downtown Vancouver to take part in this occasion.

A Night for the Sophisticated and the Beautiful

A Night for the Sophisticated and the Beautiful - July 6, 2013

The Waterfall building was venue to a very special fashion show this weekend.  Presented by LuvnGrace & Beauty Ink, a collection of elegant and mature models walked the runway that night.  It was a celebration of fashion and style for the “older” generation as ex-models and mothers strutted in support of Beauty Night Society.  The event was hosted by Mandy Ross and included live performance by Sarah K.

The fashion shows included collections from Standing Armed & Drama Queen.  See below for images from the event!

Eco Fashion Week 6th Edition: Day 3

Eco Fashion Week 6th Edition: Day 3 - April 24, 2013

Eco Fashion Week came to a close yesterday with a solid collection of shows. The first set included Hey Jude and My Sister’s Closet.  Hey Jude features the designers Lauren Clark and Lyndsey Chow, and their particular brand is a vintage style collection made from upcycled materials from markets and thrift stores.  My sister’s closet was created by the Battered Women’s Support Services formerly from East Vancouver.  Their colorful style featured both women and men’s wear.

The next set was called the Collectif Ethik-BGC followed by Qispy Kay Beachwear.  Collectif Ethik-BGC featured Mama Rawa, Awaj Warmi, Aywira, World Hippie Originals.  Qispy Kay’s unique swimwear by Peruvian Designer Sandra Jazmin Higueras teamed up with adornments by Isla Found in a combination show.

The last set of Eco Fashion Week was Circle Craft Collective.  This final set included Adhesif, Vanessa T. Cunningham, Sans Soucie, and bags by FIVELEFT that Lincoln Heller personally detailed on the runway and handed to the crowd.

Find the full set with even more pictures at Flickr!

Keep checking back for more fashion shows throughout this Summer!

Eco Fashion Week 6th Edition: Day 2

Eco Fashion Week 6th Edition: Day 2 - April 24, 2013

Tuesday featured another great lineup of designers at Eco Fashion Week.  As the second day of the fashion shows, a variety of creative fashion artists got a chance to display their ingenuity in crafting with eco-friendly and sustainable materials.  It was great to so many talented designers from across the globe promote environmentalism and ethical lifestyle.

The featured designers included BHANA Design Co., Couture Therapy, War Paint, Sally Omeme, Svensk, Evan Ducharme, Merely Me, Rise and Elroy.

See even more photos from this set at Flickr!

Keep watching for more coverage of Eco Fashion Week by The Sociables!

Eco Fashion Week 6th Edition: Day 1

Eco Fashion Week 6th Edition: Day 1 -  April 22, 2013

Eco Fashion Week kicked off its 6th season in Vancouver this Monday at Robson Square.  Eco Fashion Week promotes sustainable innovations in fashion and encourages the green and environment friendly atmosphere always present in Vancouver.  This is one of the biggest fashion show productions in town and a must for all Fashion lovers.

The first day started off with a set of Fashion Shows presented by Value Village, promoting second hand wears as a trend toward future for self styling and personal expression of creativity.  The first series included the Thrift Chic Challenge, where each Stylist/Designer were presented with the task of creating 15 unique and complete looks with a budget of $500.  Considering that one (1) Louboutin Shoe costs about that much, creating unique styling to show off to the fashion conscious public without being boo’ed off the stage would be a considerable and complex challenge.  These stylists had enough grit to go through with this challenge, and created unique sets of styles for their budget.  Sara Gourlay diplayed a set of classy black dresses, Sandy Karpetz with her Pretty Secrets line showed a colourful gypsy style, and Jasmine Zhu finished the series with her flowery vintage looks.

The Next show was a long series of designs showcased for the “68 pound challenge“.  The 68 pound challenge corresponds to the amount of clothing material trashed by an average American every year.  Kim Cathers was tasked with creating another set of high fashion looks using 68 pounds of discarded Value Village fabrics and clothes.  Kim had been through this challenge before and no doubt had a strong strategy to tackle this mission.  The end result was 30 looks made with the refuse piles no one would ever see, turned in to a beautiful creative and unique set that will encourage the public to do some styling of their own and motivate the reuse of second hand fabrics and clothes.

See the full set of photos at Flickr!

Keep coming back for more coverage of Eco Fashion Week by The Sociables!

Gastown Tattoo Celebration Art Show

Gastown Tattoo Celebration Art Show – April 20, 2013

Gastown Tattoo Parlour hosted a 2 year Anniversary Celebration Art show this weekend.  This was an open and local community event.  Everyone was welcome, with food and refreshments on the house.  The evening included live music, and was a very chill and relaxed atmosphere commonly found at a trendy lounge.

We were in Gastown Tattoo Parlour previously as part of our research in to the process of tattoo removal a few weeks ago (see it here at our previous article!).  Breaking away from the image of a stereotypical tattoo parlour, the venue is open and airy, well lit and clean. Showcase of their talent is shown on the walls and a friendly and welcoming atmosphere definitely helps put one at ease.

Watch for Gastown Tattoo Parlour to be represented at Vancouver Tattoo Show @ the Vancouver Convention Centre coming April 26 – 28th!

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!)