Vancouver craft shows have quality and unique accessory finds

This summer, we attended several craft shows, the Vancouver Folk Festival and the Circle Craft summer market. It is always a pleasure to find something that is wearable and has a unique quality that the artisan has incorporated into the piece. At the Vancouver Folk Festival I found three unique items. The first, were some … 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

Womenswear Accessory Trends Spring/Summer 2014/15

There are five major trends in Spring/Summer 2014/15 womenswear.  The first is Graffiti a refreshed 1980’s with bold colours, type prints, paint splashes and cartoon characters. The accessories are hand painted creepers, box bags with bold print and sportswear socks and trim.   Sweetness is a trend that has origami folded skirts, digital prints, lace, … Continue reading

Menswear Accessory Trends Spring + Summer 2014/15

Menswear accessories reflect the trends in the Menswear Trend Forecast for Spring/Summer 2014/15. Overall, accessories have changed with more creative touches, prints, rounded bag shapes, colour blocking and textures. Camping Trip with leather shoes (no socks) fishing bag or changeable bag with handles as well as backpack straps. Tropical Storm and flower motifs on bags … Continue reading

Womenswear Trends Spring/Summer 2014-15

The trends for women’s wear break all the rules for the Spring+Summer by using colours that work both for summer as well as Fall+Winter. Textiles, patterns and silhouettes also throw away the traditional and opt for a different approach. There are five major themes: Balance & Harmony, Dark Story, Warrior Queen, Graffiti and Sweetness. Balance … 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

Craft Conference reveals challenges that affect both Craft and Fashion in BC

We recently attended 40th anniversary conference at Granville Island, from October 17 – 19. The Craft Council of British Columbia, a charitable arts service organization that creates opportunities for artists to exhibit, sell and produce art and provides a voice for artists and craft organizations, organized the conference. We quickly identified that the challenges that … 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

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

Got Craft had lots of summer accessory treasures

Got Craft held their April 26 show at Templeton High School gym. What a great space, high ceilings, hardwood floors and lots of quality and creative crafters. The first crafter we stopped at was Edit with their creative and wearable cowls and handbags made of recycled leather jackets. A cowl could be made of a … Continue reading

Are Canadian Fashion Magazines promoting Canadian Designers?

I decided to conduct a small; content analysis study of three Canadian Fashion Magazines to see how much Canadian designed and manufactured fashion has been profiled. I looked at Flare magazine, the quintessential Canadian magazine, Elle Canada, a newcomer to the Canadian Fashion scene and Fashion, a Toronto based fashion magazine. The results quite surprised … Continue reading

Women’s Accessory Trends Spring/Summer 2013

Vintage influences are strong in the Spring/Summer 2013 accessories such as fruit inspired accessories to vintage motifs on handbags. Ethnic African craft and Marrakech tile patterns are reflected in bags and jewelry. A return to flats in both sandals and shoes will be a dominant shoe style to watch for this Spring.  Lace is also … Continue reading

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