The FAM Favorites From Fashion Week
For my 7th season as a Media Partner for Vancouver Fashion Week, I was excited to see the new budding talent of a forever growing industry. Accompanied by my good friend and colleague Chau Le of CLE Management, the entire display of creative arts was another great experience within the land of Vancity. While each brand deserves a kudos for conjuring up the strength, preparation, and devotion it takes to display their designs on the runway, I have compiled a list of 14 designers that captured my eye aesthetically, artistically, and with wearability.
Designed by Kim Yonghwa from Japan, the brand known as “Yonfa” is a great compilation of contemporary style. To cultivate a simple form into the core of a design process is not as easy of a task as it seems. Yonfa has tackled that niche with an innate styling ability, and includes a variety of pieces that add value to a woman’s current wardrobe.
#13 "Future Perfect"
Designer Lisa Mcanulty of Future Perfect incorporates an elaborate combination of New York and Los Angeles influence into her designs. While utilizing prints of her logo in some of her designs, Future Perfect is put together with a great layering technique that allows each individual piece to play its rightful role. Semi-transparent mesh was key in providing an attractive balance to the more opaque textures of the clothing, and allowed the style of the pieces to shine by their own merit.
#12 ization studio
Ization Studio created by Designer Amy Herndon is an experimental line with urban incentives. All Black Everything was the premise of this 2019 collection. Every piece was loose fitting and embodied a true casual perspective that stood out amongst an array of topnotch designs. Ization’s garments were timeless in their appearance and keen with their own form of creativity.
Designed by Nada Marzouk, Authentique dabbled with pristine cuts and interesting color palettes. The dresses and jackets carried an astounding professional feel but granted a certain level of sexy within every look. The risque-length pieces were both wearable and decadent but doesn't force itself into your closet. Every piece is completely under your control and is flexible pertaining to your own personal style.
#10 "Ocean Taylor"
The self-titled brand known as Ocean Taylor has propelled itself to the forefront of Fashion Week wearability. There was an eclectic range between daring and simplicity that made the clothing an excellent choice for those of the same nature. The Ocean Taylor collection was a stylish warmth of mixed fabrics, giving it the perfect juxtaposition for the fashion forward individual.
#9 "Chen Pin-Yu"
The story behind Chen Pin-Yu’s “Decent Piece of Shit” collection is one for the ages. Apparently, Chen’s ex-boyfriend was found out to be a cheater, and she redirected that negative energy to construct these abstract pieces. You can see a disfigured portrait of her ex’s face painted into the back of a boastful red trench coat with unflattering teeth and boobies planted all over his face. With all that aside, her designs were artistic in nature but carried a few pieces that can be worn in the natural sense. Chen Pin-Yu executed not only a great collection but also used the fashion guillotine to execute her cheating boyfriend right in front of our eyes.
#8 "Sunny's Bridal"
Founded by Sunny Sethi, Sunny’s Bridal has been a staple in Vancouver’s wedding sect for a while now. The Indian culture has always been renowned for their intricate colors and textiles, and Sunny’s Bridal is the extension of such truths. The wedding dresses they create are designed to make a woman feel divine on her special day, and are sewn to fit the needs of her particular body type. Even outside of the colorful spectrum, Sunny’s traditional white wedding gowns are designed with a grand amount of detail, but remains steady with its intended beautification purpose.
#7 "Blara Organic House"
Blara Organic House designs their collections with an environmentally sound ideology. Their fabrics are organically grown and colored with natural plant dyes in order to save the skin from toxic materials. Focused on the bodies of the youth, their designs were drenched in baby blue and carnation pink, but resonated a very hiphop-esque feel with baggy arms and oversized pockets. Overall, the entire collection was gentle on the eyes and could easily be dressed up or down for a completely diverse experience.
#6 "Bedlam H.O.C."
Bedlam H.O.C. prides itself as a luxury streetwear brand made for both men and women. Their “Gasoline” collection was doused in metallic fabrics and nylons, tailored with strict hems, and created a 1950’s feel to the majority of their garments. Touches of orange and yellow blended perfectly alongside monochromatic finishes, and gave birth to a well-proportioned display of street-style artistry.
#5 "Studio Jason Siu"
Another fan favorite in the Vancity fashion culture was the honorable Jason Siu. His collection this season mingled with a fabulous shade of green that looked awesome inside the runway lights. He explored the vast amount of possibilities of fashion with this collection- giving the crowd a little taste of every style you can imagine. With an out-of-the-box display of mens wear, Jason Siu has done nothing but elevate his game every season for the VFW audience.
#4 "Eklectic & Co."
Polish Designer Agatha Taras of Ekelctic and Co. gains immense inspiration from the Victorian and Baroque eras. Her collection at VFW was some of the finest artistry we have seen in the luxury fashion market. Her more modest works are chic enough for a grand night out with the ladies, but at the top echelon of her designs, we would not be surprised to see Eklectic and Co. worn on the red carpet of The Oscars. Her pieces were absolutely phenomenal in both poise and character across the VFW runway, and breathed life into every skin tone it touched.
#3 "Su Moda"
Created by sisters Fathia and Somra Mohamed, Su Moda was by far the most invigorating display of fashion we seen all week. Su Moda is the contemporary frontrunner for Muslim fashion, and drives forward a sense of style for an entire nation of individuals. Their creative reworkings of the hijab and garbasaar were outstanding pieces of brilliant design. It was a breathtaking show filled with an enormous amount of appreciation for both the fashion and Islamic cultures.
#2 "Carmen Llaguno
Mexican Designer Carmen Llaguno was a smash hit for women’s wear across the runway. Her usage of fine silks and earthy tones were crafted into elegant ensembles for the modern woman. Veering more on the high-end luxury side of fashion, Carmen Llaguno’s collection accentuates the beauty of female curvature, but also drapes in the right places as well. Her Italian-made “Agate Sliced Booties” added an extra WOW factor to her outfits, and completed the art of sexy within every look.
#1 "Alex S. Yu"
A graduate of the Blanche Macdonald Centre, Alex S. Yu has been a recurring name in the Vancouver fashion industry. His performance at Vancouver Fashion Week this season was a remarkable balance of artistic perspective and ready-to-wear apparel. Alex S. Yu’s ability to mix and match colors and garments that seem distant from each other paved the way for an excellent runway show, and gave a detailed peak into a seasoned sartorial mind. While specializing in mostly women’s wear, his usage of blues, greens, and browns complemented the entire collection, and left a crowd of intuitive eyes hoping the show would never end. The artistic presence from start to finish was more than we could have dreamed of, and this VFW veteran has yet to let us down with each performance to date.
Thank you for showing us another amazing time at Vancouver Fashion Week.