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contemporary twist. They create easy to wear dresses that women can wear at work or at play. Fever is in several Vancouver stores now, including Tenth and Proper, Spank and Extreme Clothing inTsawassen.The big surprise of the evening came from Adrian Wu, who six months ago at aged 19, startedsewing his first garments. The dress he presented Wednesday — a strapless gown with a beautifullydraped full skirt in a heavy drapery fabric -- drew wows from the crowd. Wu, himself, appeared inruffles with a bow on his head and heels on his feet.Prior to taking charge of his mother's sewing machine, Wu was studying sexuality at the University of Toronto but dropped out when he realized he didn't want to do research for the rest of his life. Helooked around to see what he could do instead and decided to try fashion."I taught myself how to sew and I made this and I made 20 other dresses," he said describing themas "eccentric and couture." He will show his collection on Sunday at 6 p.m.More established couture designs were represented by Porscia by Porscia Yeganeh who started inVancouver, but has now moved her production and offices to Italy. Following the Vancouver debut of her fall collection she will show at Milan Fashion week and in other European cities this year for thefirst time.Yeganeh describes her pieces as classic couture. She will show business and evening attire thatflatters the body without showing a lot of skin. The sleeveless, knee length dress she showedWednesday was made of a very fine wool with a subtle black pattern and gold necklace collar."You don't need to show skin to be sexy, says Yeganeh, adding that her fall collection includes suitsin which she explores ways to flatter the neckline without collars. Porscia will show Saturday at 6 p.m.Vancouver designer Drew Williams who has shown his men's wear collection twice before at VFW,debuted his first women's collection with an elegant black mini dress with exaggerated shoulders andhips giving the model a lovely hourglass shape."It's a totally different monster to approach," he said about women's clothing. "So it took a little bit of adjusting, but I really like women's wear as well which I didn't expect."Williams will show both men's and womens collections on Saturday at 7 p.m. He says the collectionwas inspired by the French Romantics. Expect a lot of draping, feathers and bias cuts for women. For men, tailored trousers and jackets, squared off and elongated collars to suggest a tragic romance.He said he is pleased that the Vancouver fashion scene is building and evolving. "I think that peopleare becoming more aware of what they like and why they like it."All the runway shows will be held at the Empire Landmark Hotel, 1400 Robson Street.