Is BC the artisan, shoe design capital of Canada?

We have come across some really interesting and well-made shoes crafted or designed in BC. When we started to see just how many there are, we found nine shoes designers. Is this all part of the returning manufacturing to our shores? A movement called re-shoring is taking place in the USA, and Europe. This is … Continue reading

LaSalle College student designers show innovation at Vancouver Fashion Week

The student designers from LaSalle College demonstrated innovative ways to reflect modern architecture in their collections at Vancouver Fashion Week. A selection panel chose four students, whose collections demonstrated the skill and innovation, taught at LaSalle College Vancouver. Jesper Anerstedt, originally from Sweden, kept his pallet simple, choosing to use only white with either royal … Continue reading

Men’s Fashion Forecast Spring/Summer 2014-15

Spring/Summer 2014-15 sees the classic men’s suit made modern and reconstructed. More workplaces are less formal but may still require a suit that is flexible and can be worn as separates or together. Monochromatic is a key feature in the forecast with both blue from head to toe in Summer Blue with sports inspired clothing … Continue reading

VALT (Vancouver Alternative Fashion) hits the right note

This is the second year for Vancouver Alternative Fashion founded by Kat Ferneyhough and Kat Kozak, two talented women from Toronto, who recently moved to Vancouver.   They have figured out that in Vancouver, people go to fashion shows to be entertained or to be seen, unlike Montreal and Toronto, where the main audiences are buyers … Continue reading

Eco Fashion Week shows West Coast Designers and Re-makers

Eco Fashion Week had a variety of designers and stylists from Vancouver show their collections in October. There were also some creative re-makers (make clothing from existing clothing), some from Vancouver and one as far away as Hungary. Once again, Eco Fashion Week had three stylists use clothing from Value Village (not one of our … Continue reading

Menswear Forecast Fall/Winter 2013/14

The Fall/Winter Forecast for Menswear features five major themes: The Jazz Age features plaids and tartans with old leather. The Tweed Biking look for fall and winter. Colours are olive to warm browns. Water Life reflects making over clothing and the crafts as featured in Crafts in Spring/Summer forecast. Clothing is simple, textured surfaces, washed … Continue reading

Vancouver Fashion Week features more Canadian Designers

We attended a few days of Vancouver Fashion Week and were pleasantly surprised to see more Canadian Designers than the last time we attended. This year there were 19 Canadian Designers, showing their collections, out of a total of 47. We especially liked Vancouver designer, Ali Mokhtarian’s, Valerio Collection of menswear. The leather jackets were … Continue reading

Evening of Fashion and Entertainment at the Imperial

Garde entertainment put on an enjoyable event at the Imperial on Main Street. The old theatre has bee revamped and provided the perfect backdrop for the fashion event to benefit the charity “Out in Schools”. The evening started out with the couture Designer, Eva Chen. She showed a retrospective of some of her very detailed … Continue reading

RUKUS combines African and Japanese ascetic at the Blim Market

On Saturday at the Blim Market  in downtown Vancouver, RUKUS designer, Yasuhiro Tomita (toMmy), presented his Resort 2014 Women’s and Men’s collection. Blim and Keiko Boxall and a talented group of volunteers organized the event. It was a fundraiser for SORD for Rare Disease. ToMmy’s collection continues to have a connection to Africa with his … Continue reading

Men’s Fashion Week Vancouver has some unexpected surprises

This year, Men’s Fashion Week was held at the Woodward’s Atrium a potentially good venue except for the intrusion of shoppers at London Drugs and Nestor’s Food store. The show was wedged between both stores, despite the security; there were a significant amount of shoppers, which distracted from the show. At least 50% of the … Continue reading

Eco Fashion Week discovers new talent

Eco Fashion Week showed some new talented eco designers who had some breath taking collections. Everything from sophisticated lady to the fanciful was shown on the runway on the third and fourth day of the event. Speakers were on the first day and Value Village the second day. Eco fashion Week series of speakers provided … Continue reading

Malene Grotrian’s Spring Collection-Bright and Versatile

Malene Grotrian held a “by invitation only” unveiling of her Spring 2013 Collection of bamboo fabric dresses, tops, skirts and jackets. She demonstrated the versatility of each of the pieces. Everything from tops that could be worn several ways, a jacket that could be adapted to be long or short at the back and dresses … Continue reading

Diana Vreeland set the template for today’s Vogue

We were fortunate to see the Diana Vreeland documentary “The eye has to travel” last week and were quite surprised to learn that the great Vogue magazine innovator was Diana Vreeland. She was born in Paris and immigrated with her parents to the USA. She eventually became the editor of Harper’s Bazar where she introduced … Continue reading

Montreal Fashion Week-Culture and Fashion

Montreal Fashion Week featured designers, who live in Montreal, but came from many other countries. Their designs for Fall/Winter 2013/14 reflected their culture and Montreal fashion, a unique combination. The rest of Canada rarely sees designs from other Canadian cities. Too bad we cannot have a National Fashion Week to show off all the talented … Continue reading

Men’s Accessories Trends-Spring/Summer 2013

The Accessory Trends for men in Spring/Summer 2013 reflect the trends in the UPDATE TO MENSWEAR SPRING/SUMMER 2013 TRENDS. In the 1980’s Revisited trend, red shoes and laces and multi-colored bags are important accessories. Tweed Biking features all the classic accessories such as camera bags, straw hat, paperboy hat, bow ties and brown or saddle oxford … Continue reading

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