12/04/10 12:56 PMRunway shows kick off during Vancouver Fashion WeekPage 6 of 20http://www.vancouversun.com/life/Runway+shows+kick+during+Vancouver+Fashion+Week/2781163/story.html
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VANCOUVER — The 10th edition of Vancouver Fashion Week, which wraps up this weekend at theEmpire Landmark Hotel in Vancouver, has injected a shot of energy into the local style scene, showcasinginternational, local and emerging designers. In a new location with a longer runway and more space, theevent has a more polished feel to it than in past years.Today, menswear takes over the runway as Montreal’s Dusseault, Deuce, Malicious Manor and Decadenceintroduce their fall collections alongside Vancouver’s Drew Williams. Williams will also debut his firstwomen’s collection. Retarded Velvet and couture designer Porscia round out the women’s wear part of theevening.Sunday, the public will be introduced to some of Vancouver’s newest designers including students JenCameron, Sarah Runnalls, Andrea Bagna and Wilber Tellez. As well, self-taught newcomer Adrian Wu andLori Dawn, who will show her third season, will take to the runway.Lav&Kush, Red Jade, and Eva Chen were set to show three sides of the more established local scene Friday.But Thursday night’s runway presentations showed a feminine side to women’s fashions and a cleaned-uplook for men. It was a world where women don’t wear trousers and men sport loosely tied skinny ties,pinstripes and jackets with jeans. Not a rocker among them.Three labels showed new lines Thursday: Fever London, from London; and Hot Air and Civil Society, bothfrom Los Angeles.Fever London’s collection comprised mostly dresses for spring and summer, and the vintage-inspired frocksboasted brightly coloured prints and flirty garden-party looks.The collection also included a series of maxi dresses which, according to Fever London’s Larrainne Kaplan,are starting to take off.“We had it a couple of seasons ago and no one wanted to go near it,” Kaplan said. “But I am starting to seea little bit more of it now.“Not every buyer goes for it because it is long and can be a difficult fit. But it’s great for weddings or forthe beach scene,” she said, adding that some buyers have sold out and have ordered more.Many of the shorter dresses had a tropical vibe, featuring pelicans, palm trees and flamingos. The cutsflattered the waistline and the leg without being too short or low-cut.Others channelled the Spanish senorita – black and white, one of which used black and white lace to garnishthe neckline and hem.Business attire, meanwhile, emphasized women’s curves in a Mad Men way, with sheath dresses and pencilskirts hinting at the shape without hugging every bulge.Hot Air, which showed next, plays with the idea of adventure and exploration, especially in its playful T-shirt images.The show led off with a kelly green flannel hoodie and jeans; it then moved into a nautical theme, with anavy striped cardigan and double-breasted navy cardigan over a pinstriped shirt. Denim vests and severaljackets rounded out the collection.