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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! 

La Saint Valentin at The Waterfall Building

La Saint Valentin at The Waterfall Building – February 14, 2013

Don’t have someone to give you chocolates and flowers on Valentines Day?  Well just go out to a fabulous nightlife event.  ‘La Saint Valentin’ was a full featured evening of art, culture and fashion, and far more than just an excuse to get away from the couple-focused Valentines event.

This spectacular event was hosted at The Waterfall Building, an excellent and classy choice of venue.  The evening’s itinerary were presented by Vernard Goud of LuvnGrace and Hennessy Cognac and hosted by FashionTV’s Mandy Ross.  The fabulous (normally skylit) glass enclosure called the Waterfall Building sparkled under the night sky and was adorned by a gallery of visual arts by Miriam AroesteStacy Sakai, and Liza Lee.

Professional fashion apparel operators strutted the wares of their respective designers.  The fashion show lineup included Nicole BridgerNancy Perreault with Hive Mind Millinery, Designs by Guylaine Theriault, Sans Soucie and Pretty Bstard, including accessories by Mishe Jewels and Smitten Designs.  These shows were interspersed by live musical performances featuring Jim Cummins, Jan Sam, and Sarah K.

The evening wasn’t over when the shows ended.  The guests had a chance to chat with the artists and models, including many photo opportunities.  All this amounted to a perfect night of beauty and art for those who were looking for more than a romantic night for two.  What does it mean for the rest of the people?  As far as I’m concerned the true secrets of Valentines day can be found with mini cupcakes.  And cognac.

The Parlour Yaletown Fashion Shows Mixer

THE PARLOUR YALETOWN FASHIONSHOWS MIXER – January 28, 2013

LuvnGrace & Bella Garnet Beauty Salon presented a social mixer and series of fashion shows this Monday at The Parlour Yaletown, a stylish restaurant at the heart of Yaletown.  It was hosted by Fashion TV’s Mandy Ross and formulated in association with promoter Vernard Goud.

The Parlour features a menu festooned with comfort foods, featuring a variety of artist inspired gourmet pizzas, i.e. #swag.  Even the pizzas have hashtags, but it includes golden honey as a topping (!).  Drinks wise, in addition to the variety of beers, the lounge is most well characterized by the wines on tap.  So I guess I would have to call it a pizza and wine parlour.

The relaxed and classy atmosphere was the perfect place for a social mixer.  A place where
one can appreciate culture and art, in this case via fashion shows.  Comfortable antique wooden sofas included.

Featured Fashion Shows (in order of appearance):

TRINA MARIE CAIRNS bringing the western high fashion dresses, combined with all the hattery by HIVE MIND MILLINERY

New pieces from the always bold and unique ROGUE DESIGNS

Sexy Peruvian designer swimwear via QISPI KAY BIKINIS

NANCY PERREAULT featuring shiny sparkles and Justin Voitic w/ Mickey Mouse Sunglasses

With the featured fashionware encasing the NUMA MODELS and (some) JAGERMODELS. 

LADY GAGA: THE BORN THIS WAY BALL – THE AFTERPARTY

LADY GAGA: THE BORN THIS WAY BALL – THE AFTERPARTY – January 11, 2013

DJ Lady Starlight made an appearance at Republic last Friday after her Born This Way Ball concert with Lady Gaga.  This was another fantastic event formulated by Vernard Goud of LuvNGrace, in association with Interscope Records, Bella Garnet, Donnelly Group and AXS.

People who thought the show was over after the concert definitely missed out.  In addition to getting to hang out with Lady Starlight, a variety of amazing shows took place at Republic, MC’d by FashionTV’s Mandy Ross.  There were live performances by Kristen Karma followed by Carol Cox.  Stiletto Fit Dance took the floor to show off what they were all about while Glitter Machine Body Paint had their fabulous body painting strutting around on display.

The fashion shows started with the sexy Peruvian designer bikini by Qispi Kay Beachware, followed by Element 7 body chains, the unique Rogue Designs, and ending with fashion by Misty Greer + hats by Hive Mind Millinery.  Also featured were some stylish leggings by Dutch Blonde.

When Lady Starlight finally made the scene, she was instantly swarmed by media.  I squeezed my way in through the fans and got to have a short chat with Lady Starlight before she was whisked away.  When I asked what she loved most about Vancouver, she pointed at me and responded with a word: “You!” I assume she was referring to the people of Vancouver, not me specifically… I think… ?

Beauty Night Society Fundraiser

Beauty Night Society “Luxury Travel, Art & Beauty Fundraiser” by LuvNGrace, Artistrun Collective & Golden Brush Art Events - November 26, 2012

Imagine the Ultimate Vancouver Fundraiser Variety show at the most fantastic venue and the perfect fusion of music, visual arts, fashion, and charity.  Well, stop imagining, because it already happened.  The event took place at the fabulous Fortune Sound Club and organized and hosted by Beauty Night SocietyVernard Goud: a curator of fantastic events in ever changing locations,  Kirsten Larsen of the Artistrun Collective, and Golden Brush Art Events.

They were daring enough to run the event competing with the concurrently performing Paul McCartney and Bruce Springsteen concerts.  Even with the tag-team of heavy hitter opponents such as those, the fundraiser still drew in quite a crowd, and anyone who didn’t make it definitely missed out.  The fundraiser was in association with Beauty Night Society, a Canadian charity that assists women in poverty via promoting self esteem and wellness by providing many essential services including makeovers and life skill development.

The show was presented by the Vancouver Television host Mandy Ross.  The lineup included a painting competition, fashion shows, live musical performances by Jody Quine and Diane Reyes, body art by Kristen Grant, Visual slide photography show by Disposable Landscapes, and DJ Boy Meets Girl.  It also included silent auctions (for the fundraiser) and booths giving product demonstrations for health and beauty products and services.

Live Battle of the Brush painting competition was held by Golden Brush Art Events.  Three teams of  two talented artists (with Bill Higginson + Jamil Keyani, Olga Rybalko + John Shaw, and Raymond Chow + Arlana Green) battle it out live and on location and under a time limit, and to be judged by the guests at the event for the ultimate win.  This prestigious award went to Olga Rybalko and John Shaw with the Swans, and in addition to the coveted victory, they also won a trip to Las Vegas for their awesome work.

The first fashion show featured the Numa Models displaying the crafty design skills of One Piece Vancouver with The Optical Boutique, and Rogue Designs.  The first show was featuring One Piece Vancouver with their awesome locally handmade indie boutique scarves, coupled with the unique eye ware from The Optical Boutique for a one-two accessory combo. This was later followed by a second show with the strong, bold and unique Rogue Designs.  Read more about Rogue Designs Fashion at our previous coverage!

All the while, Brent Ray Fraser was giving a performance in composite visual arts, combining painting with live-action abstract performance art that was a show in it self.  It involved candles, a banana and stripping (i.e. clothes).

Read about the products that were demonstrated (note: I’m not endorsed by any of them at all, and all of this is unsolicited), and scroll down to see more photos!

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