By Aleesha Harris,
September 25, 2015
The Vancouver fashion scene is growing — and there’s no better way to explore the city’s best and brightest new and established design talents than with a visit to the upcoming Vancouver Fashion Week.
The event, which returns Sept. 28 to Oct. 4 at the Chinese Cultural Centre (50 E Pender St.), showcases a diverse selection of wares from local and international designers for the spring/summer 2016 season.
Stumped on which showcases to see and which ones to skip? While we’d recommend checking out as many as possible, we also realize this may not be a possibility, so we’ve rounded up five designers to see during this year’s event.
Get all the details for this season’s VFW, including designer bios and a complete schedule, at vanfashionweek.com.
There are fashion schools — and then there’s Central St. Martin’s College of Art & Design in London, England. The institution, which boasts some of the fashion world’s top designers among its graduates has another star alumnus in local talent Eliza Faulkner.
The designer’s pieces have been spotted on celebrities and celebrated by the Canadian fashion set, so it should come as no surprise that her spring/summer release is full of closet classics that are not to be missed.
Designer Cassie Dee’s creations take local to a whole new level with hand-sewn pieces that are all constructed in local factories. The latest collection, which features relaxed silhouettes and playful prints, is a nod to boho-chic fashions, including wide-legged trousers, faux fur vests and button-front midi skirts.
Don’t let the fairy tale-inspired name fool you, designer Allison Smith creates fashionable, yes, but mainly functional womenswear pieces for her line Allison Wonderland. Smith, who debuted her line in 1998, has created a collection of multipurpose, ’70s-inspired pieces that will look as at home in the office as they will on the weekend.
Another St. Martins graduate, Connally McDougall creates clothes that are technically designed and impeccably constructed. Taking a more haute couture approach to fashion, McDougall offers accessories, ready-to-wear and intimates that are texturally interesting while still being, well, wearable.
Creative director Sofia Méndez Schenone aims to make women feel beautiful with the creations from her namesake line Sofia. Offering a comprehensive range of womenswear pieces including outerwear, dresses and pants, the Chile-born, Victoria-based designer creates clothing that is feminine — and often colourful.