Feature Story                                                                                                                         Thursday, September 7, 2017



You've Got the Look

Vancouver Fashion Week draws top-notch designers from around the world Sept 18-24

By Megan Clapman, designer coordinator, Vancouver Fashion Week/Photos Nancy Deol


  Vancouver Fashion Week runs September 18-24.


ancouver Fashion Week (VFW) Spring/Summer 18 is set to be the best yet, and now you can see exactly who is showing and when on the Schedule to plan your perfect week.
The Vancouver Fashion Week line-up is hand-picked talent from across North and South America, Asia, Europe, and around the world, who will showcase their designs over the seven days. VFW will be showcasing returning designers like Katherine Tessier, and local designer Alex S. Yu, who deliver unique pieces to the runway.

Senior editors from Globe & Mail. Forbes, Cosmopolitan, Nylon, GQ, Daily Mail will be in attendance.

Kicking off with the Opening Gala on Monday the 18th, guests will be privy to a handful of designer previews and full lines by local brand Aiki District, Australian designer, Charly Thorn and Nozomi Kuwahara from Japan. Tuesday’s guests will see an eclectic mix of young first timers and VFW veterans hit the runway.

These will include Chilean designer, Paulina Cañas and her label Cuerodesign which uses authentic leathers in feminine and sensual designs; and, returning to VFW for her second season is Rabia Dastgir, a local designer whose previous lines have featured bold colours and pattern rich fabrics.

Wednesday is a night to highlight the local talents from  Vancouver and Canada as a whole. VFW has a long and strong history of partnering with local design schools to show a few lucky students’ lines each season.


This year Vancouver Community College will open Wednesday night’s show with over 20 looks from their students. 


Showing alongside the students will be local favourites Akoya with her swim range, and Madame Katjina .

Opening on Thursday, for his 10th season at VFW, is veteran local, Evan Clayton. Previous years he has bought antlers with a touch of whimsy down the VFW runway, and we are eager to see what he produces this season. Accompanying Clayton on Thursday evening are students from La Salle College , showing their upcoming talent for the 7th season along with Panamanian designer Anna Francesca.

Taking us into the weekend are some exciting VFW debut designers. Among those is Fiction Tokyo by young designer Monaca Nishi from Japan and Chi Wu for CHENLONHENKU, a menswear designer from the UK who will close Friday's show.

Saturday, historically the busiest day, will see thousands flood through the doors at the David Lam Hall. Those who make their way through the crowds will be blessed with runways by local favourites like Kirsten Ley and Sam Stringer right beside Project Runway Junior’s top 5 Tieler James.

Bringing VFW to a close, guests on Sunday will see student designs from John Casablancas Institute, ALEX S. YU, a Canadian local who will be showing a mixture of mens and womens' wear and Hakuyo Miya for her brand Mouton Blanc.
About Vancouver Fashion Week
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 30 seasons, Vancouver Fashion Week has celebrated multiculturalism and up-and-coming on their runways. Through international media coverage and cogent buyer connectivity, Vancouver Fashion Week has provided the exposure to project past designers on to the stage of success. For more information go to vanfashionweek.com

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