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

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

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

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

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

Fashion Notes from London

In a recent December trip to London, we were pleasantly surprised to find a number of fashion events that month. Everything from the British Fashion Awards to Isabella Blow exhibition. The British Fashion Awards on December 2 gave their votes to Christopher Kane for Womenswear Designer of the year, Christopher Bailey for Menswear designer and … 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

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

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

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

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