Vancouver Fashion Week provides a stage for emerging designers

Choice snippets from the runway at Vancouver Fashion Week 2016.

September 29, 2016

By Daniela Rodríguez Chevalier / Photo: VFW

Last week, the 28th season of the Vancouver Fashion Week (VFW) kicked off in Chinatown, where local and international designers took to the runway with their Spring/Summer 2017 collections.

Locals were loud and proud, with Vancouver-based talent making up 35 of the 80-plus designers running shows through the week-long event. In case you missed it, here are five collections that got our attention (spoiler alert: there will be hummingbirds).

1. JAC by Jacqueline Conoir is Vancouver-based designer RozeMerrie Cuevas’ new line, which reflects her personal style: chic, contemporary, sensual and detail-oriented, according to Cuevas. The designer opened the week with this collection, as part of the must-see designers show.


2. Blanche MacDonald alumnus Alex S. Yu is all about the contrast of the two different cultures he was raised in, describing his collection as Canadian-meets-Taiwanese.


3. Architect-turned-designer Bahareh Memarian, whose work appeared in the New York Fashion Week earlier this year in February, owned the show with her luxurious collection made with 100 percent cruelty-free materials.


4. Artist Alano Edzerza, who belongs to the Raven clan of the Tahltan Nation, made a name for himself during the 2010 Olympic Winter Games when he designed the Dutch Olympic Team’s outerwear. This collection celebrates First Nations identity through fashion.


5. Twenty-two-year-old fashion designer and photographer Sam Stringer combines the traditional and modern to create luxurious evening gowns focusing on elaborate detail and draping. This is her premier gown collection.


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