Runway shows kick off during Vancouver Fashion Week

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Vintage-inspired dresses for women and playful T-shirts for men were revealed
By KAREN GRAM, Vancouver SunApril 9, 2010Comments (18)

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A model wears designs by Fever London during the first night of runway shows at the Empire Landmark Hotel in Vancouver, B.C. for the annual Vancouver Fashion Week.
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Runway shows kick off during Vancouver Fashion Week

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VANCOUVER — The 10th edition of Vancouver Fashion Week, which wraps up this weekend at the Empire Landmark Hotel in Vancouver, has injected a shot of energy into the local style scene, showcasing international, local and emerging designers. In a new location with a longer runway and more space, the event 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 Decadence introduce their fall collections alongside Vancouver’s Drew Williams. Williams will also debut his first women’s collection. Retarded Velvet and couture designer Porscia round out the women’s wear part of the evening. Sunday, the public will be introduced to some of Vancouver’s newest designers including students Jen Cameron, Sarah Runnalls, Andrea Bagna and Wilber Tellez. As well, self-taught newcomer Adrian Wu and Lori 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-up look 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, both from Los Angeles. Fever London’s collection comprised mostly dresses for spring and summer, and the vintage-inspired frocks boasted 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 see a 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 for the 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 cuts flattered 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 garnish the neckline and hem. Business attire, meanwhile, emphasized women’s curves in a Mad Men way, with sheath dresses and pencil skirts 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 Tshirt images. The show led off with a kelly green flannel hoodie and jeans; it then moved into a nautical theme, with a navy striped cardigan and double-breasted navy cardigan over a pinstriped shirt. Denim vests and several jackets rounded out the collection.

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Runway shows kick off during Vancouver Fashion Week

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Double breasting was also evident in Civil Society’s line, which is described as exhibiting a relaxed, gowith-the flow attitude. Here, we saw lots of knitted cardigans and jackets, many of which were doublebreasted but slim rather than boxy. Bright colours were on display, including purple and turquoise. And there was lots of white. White jackets, white vests, white shoes. While it had a tendency to suggest a preppy look, the ensembles were put together more casually. Civil Society is available at MII in Gastown. kgram@vancouversun.com © Copyright (c) The Vancouver Sun

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