Monday, September 17th, 2018 – Vancouver, BC – Opening Gala night at Vancouver Art Gallery’s šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énḵ Square (formerly Vancouver Art Gallery’s North Plaza/ Georgia Plaza) marked a sensational evening of runway shows for Vancouver Fashion Week.
First up, the Originator Awards were announced to celebrate key people who have helped grow the Vancouver fashion industry. From Stylists to Retailers, Teachers to Make-up Artists, all manner of skills and professions were commended. Details can be found here.
On the first night of SS19, attendees were privy to the Designer Preview. The sampling was eclectic and innovative with a range of designers on full display. From ethereal and feminine silhouettes, playful blush pink structured dresses with palm prints, to gothic, veiled Spanish gowns, the Designer Preview had a bit of everything. With such varied pieces, intrigue and excitement were felt throughout the crowd with anticipation bubbling around collections yet to come throughout the week.
Vietnamese Designer Phuong My began her SS19 show with the ringing resonance of dulcet bells, thus, setting a harmonious tone to her collection. With an exquisite blend of sumptuous silks and a subdued colour scheme, My’s polished models took the runway with poise to kick off Vancouver Fashion Week’s first full collection. The palette was filled with dusty baby blues and reds, with dashes of periwinkle and navy throughout. My took a modern take on classic silhouettes that accentuate the female form with tapered peplum waistlines, exquisitely tailored silk folds, and varied demure necklines. An elegant feminine strength is exuded throughout.
6-D Sebastian Masudapresented ‘Reboot the Kawaii’, featuring acidic candy colours, synthetic fabrics, faux fur, and an excess of embellishments. Digital printed leggings, biker jackets, and a tulle skirt layered with transparent PVC, gave a youthful and casual feel in neon colours. Japanese artist, Masuda Sebastian, questions “what is fashion?” with a multicoloured fur ensemble with huge towering headpiece; a dramatic look. Harnesses, lace-up belts, and fur clutch bags accessorize the collection. A men’s outfit featuring a hot pink ‘Bijou jacket’, with glistening pins on the lapel, worn with knee-length shorts, gives a fresh look for the SS19 season.
For Vancouver Fashion Week, opening night was full of delights.
The generosity and commitment of our sponsors is more vital than ever. Please help us by acknowledging their support for Vancouver Fashion Week S/S19. This season we would like to thank our official sponsors Alkaline Water, Meiomi Wine, and Dueck Auto Group.
About Vancouver Fashion Week (VFW)
Vancouver Fashion Week is the fastest-growing fashion week in the world and the only industry event that actively seeks out to showcase international award-winning designers from over 25 global fashion capitals. For 31 seasons, VFW has celebrated multiculturalism and up-and- coming designers on their runways. VFW strives to identify undiscovered designers by providing an accessible and internationally-reputable platform. Through international media coverage and cogent buyer connectivity, VFW has provided the exposure to project past designers on to international success.