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Beauty & Fashion Against Ageism

This past weekend, Vernard Goud of LuvnGrace Affair put on a fashionable event at the Waterfall Building with the theme ‘Beauty & Fashion Against Ageism’ – the second event of its kind this summer. The evening consisted oftwo fashion shows – the first by Blushing Boutique, and the second by swimwear company Qispi Kay Swimwear (both brands have been staples at several of Vernard’s previous events). What made the shows so special and memorable were the models – all of whom were in their 30s/40s/50s. In a world where (seemingly) 98% of models are in their teens or early twenties, it was a refreshing and (much welcomed) change to see mature talent walk (and rock) the runway. The event drew a large, diverse crowd with plenty of familiar faces to the Vancouver fashion scene.

Proceeds from the evening supported Beauty Night Society (a great cause that Vernard is quite fond of). The organization builds self-esteem and changes lives for women and youth living in poverty through streams of programming wellness, life skills development and makeovers. “Changing the world one life-makeover at a time” is their mantra. Since their inception 12 years ago, Beauty Night has helped with 26,000 life makeovers, thanks in large part to their 500 volunteers! A silent auction also took place, with donations from the likes of Bella Garnet, Lashfabulous, Skin By Lisa Marie and The Beauty Boutique at Shopper’s Drug Mart.

 

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!

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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!

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Cotte d’Armes Presents Dark Navy in Vancouver

Cotte d’Armes Presents Dark Navy in VancouverFebruary 16, 2013

On February 16th, New York-based designer Clarence Ruth presented his Cotte d’Armes denim line at the swanky Montauk Sofa, which is a spectacular venue in the heart of Gastown (located at 228 Abbott Street). Outside, there was a line-up down the block (a sure sign that this was a show not to be missed). Inside, Gio Levy was keeping the energy high by providing the music for the night as beautiful people mingled over cocktails and cake pops, waiting for the show to start. What could be better than a great party in a spectacular space filled with comfortable couches, well-dressed people and liquor? Seriously, what could be better?

Immediately upon arriving, I was warmly greeted by Empress Communications’ Christel Laycock, who was throwing the event with Bond media group. Empress Communications is a prominent Vancouver-based PR/event/marketing management firm that is no stranger to throwing events and putting on fashion shows in town. When I asked Christel about her thoughts on the Vancouver fashion industry, she pointed out that the city is abuzz with a lot of passionate, creative people, however, “the problem we run into is that once they are successful, they end up needing to leave the city to forward their career” – a very valid point, indeed! She continued, “we are ahead of the game in eco fashion, yoga wear and performance fashion, and that’s what we’re known for, but there is so much more to Vancouver fashion than just that.”

After grabbing a couple of drinks at the bar and taking our (very comfortable) seat, it was time for the show to begin! As the models began to step out on the runway, it was clear that there was a little bit of military inspiration and biker influence in Clarence’s line. A particular pair of mens denim with leather accents (pictured) stood out to me – and as I looked around the room, I noticed a lot of people in the crowd wearing them, too (clearly I was late to get the memo). As Christel explained, “Clarence really pays attention to the details and likes to try new things, like the way he combined the waistband and zipper fold, giving a tighter fit.” It was a fantastic show that was refreshing to see in Vancouver (seriously, what’s with the lack of menswear in this city?) but to see a full gallery of what Cotte d’Armes currently has available, be sure to check out their official website, and enjoy The Sociables’ featured photo set (provided by Ann Nguyen)