Eclectic Mix of Designers at Men’s Fashion Week

The 2nd annual Men’s Fashion Week was held at the Vancouver Museum (Planetarium) a classic, built in the 1960’s. Thirteen Designers, several were recent Fashion School graduates, unveiled their collections to a small crowd, consisting of many more women than men, in a room, overlooking English Bay. There were several collections that showed real creativity and quality.

The most creative of the collections were Sans Soucie/Bronsino and Ruckas. Sans Soucie‘s first  “Remaker”Menswear collection designed by Katherine Soucie   featured a number of quality men’s jackets reconstructed by inserting knits or applying San Soucie’s fabric as well as some inventive sweaters, hand dyed shirts and t-shirts. The clothing was complimented by  Bronsino leather bags, another first men’s collection. Denise Wilson has been designing and making leather bags in Vancouver since 2003.

Ruckus’s designer Yasuhiro Tomita collection consisted of inventive clothing that could be worn by both women and men.  His choice of a black and white print that looked like Traditional Maori Tattoos was first down the runway followed by leopard print with blue, scarf print tops and pajama pants and fringed black, grey and beige scarves, tops and skirt. Tomita likes to push the androgyny button and does this again with his second collection at Men’s Fashion Week.

The quality work of  Steve Samson of SuitStyler and Nicole Guzzo were polar opposites. Steve Samson started off with a “Cuban Chic” suit, single-breasted jacket followed by a stunning white silk jacket shown with pinstriped black pants. A tweed suit pared with a patterned sweater would be so appropriate for the “Tweed Run”. The large variety of suits, shirts and jackets can now be ordered from the web-based SuitStyler.

Nicole Guzzo‘s rocker style, inspired by the 1980’s was filled with creative details such as a black frock coat with 18 zippers. A gold and brown leather vest and gold-flecked pants and a red suede biker jacket with shredded black pants were all designed to clothe the fit, rocker musician wannabe. All very well executed and styled.

Christina Ferrante a Kwantlen University Fashion graduate produced some very inventive touches to Men’s jackets. A pale grey and black jacket with leather closing and saddlebag pockets and a two-toned zipper jacket should be in the stores immediately. Keep your eye on Christina. Her designs are market ready.

All the designer’s and their work makes Vancouver an exciting city for menswear despite the hot room, lack of chairs for the audience, narrow runway and difficulty photographing the collections due to the light. Hopefully, next time it is all rectified.

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