Vancouver Fashion Week kicks off its 29th consecutive season today, showcasing collections for autumn/winter 2017.
The VFW platform is charged with supporting innovative, cutting-edge talent from around the world. Versace, Anna Sui and Roca Wear have all appeared on VFW’s catwalks alongside edited selections of mature to developing designers. This season, nine designers from Canada, Japan, Spain, Italy, Australia and Hungary have been hotly-tipped by founder and producer, Jamal Abdourahman, all showing between the 20th to 26th March in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Born in Madrid and trained in London, Arantxa Morcillo is genuinely curious about materials, forms and silhouettes. An obsessive attention to research is essential in her creative process which evolves in rich and intimate collections. She worked at Somerset House and interned with Gareth Pugh before embarking on her own projects. Her AW17 collection Memories will be shown on the runway at VFW.
Embracing human dichotomies, Kakopieros explores artistic, philosophical, spiritual and scientific questions. Designed to confront and alter viewer perceptions, her AW17 collection Anne Frank will centre around the trials and tribulations that Anne Frank faced throughout her life. Kakopieros’ thoughts and inspirations are inevitably tied to the aesthetic of politics, fuelling the very core of her work.
Initially launched as a swimwear brand, Viktoria Tisza eventually introduced bodysuits and jumpsuits and then moved into new materials. Using moulded pieces of silicone rubber, Tisza creates conceptual sci-fi pieces for the catwalk and has designed on-stage bodysuits and dresses for Beyoncé and her dancers for her World Tour.
An internationally-acclaimed, interdisciplinary artist who practices in both fashion and industrial design, Sara Armstrong creates pieces with an androgynous blur. Her formal training in sculpture is immediately apparent in pieces that balance complex geometries with pared-down simplicity. Lucid yet intuitive, her work is hinged upon a tactile, hand-worked approach to design and an uncompromising appreciation for authenticity and quality.
Designed by South African-born, Australia-based, Charne Esterhuizen this fledgling label is all about individuality and attitude. The brand is also proud of its sustainable marks, creating everything within Australia and operating via sustainable production methods. The fledgling label (launched this year) is already attracting fans from the music industry, having worked with international artists such as Vera Blue, Hands Like Houses, Boo Seeka and Hayley from the Jezabels.
Alex S. Yu
Vancouver’s own Alex S. Yu creates colourful garments that explore the fine line between reality and fantasy. His aesthetics rollick the happy emotions of childhood, nostalgia and wanderlust; and ponder the very definition of femininity in a modern, quirky way. He trained at Blanche Macdonald Centre in Vancouver and then furthered his education at London College of Fashion and has recently presented his AW17 collection over London Fashion Week.
Vancouver-based Evan Clayton marries art and fashion in such way as to create political, personal and artistic expression. Ready-to-wear and bespoke offerings artistically enhance a foundation of playful and often sculptural and empowering silhouettes.
Machio Mizumachi has won multiple awards for creativity in his home country of Japan including Tokyo New Designer Grandprix, Osaka Styling Expo and Kurashiki Fashion Frontia. His trademark is an eccentric use of colour and a technique of dismantling and rebuilding couture. His recent work illustrates ideas of nostalgia and fantasy through re-imagination and redefines various aspects of his own personal life.
Founded by designer Faiz Lalani, Encima is a contemporary menswear brand based in Vancouver that aims to design and create unique garments utilizing colours and materials that represent individuality. Functional men’s pieces are lifted via unexpected twists, worthy of the runway, while retaining its undeniable promise of wearability.
Vancouver Fashion Week is held in the capital of Canada’s most creative and international province and known internationally as the ‘Gateway to Global Fashion,’ – a true gateway to Asian markets, presenting a range of national and international designers, while maintaining its support for local talent.
Shows are being held at the David Lam Hall in downtown Vancouver, from 20th to 26th March 2017.