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Green Embassy of Australia highlights B.C. First Nation’s plight with Kinder Morgan

Australian designer Kuvan- Mills with the great-grandchildren of Chief Dan George of Tsleil-Waututh Nation, BC, Canada. (Photo left by Arun Nevader / photo right by Dustin Photography)

Vancouver, B.C. — World Water Week has just concluded and although many events took place around the world close to rivers, oceans and streams, the fashion runway may be one of the last places on people’s minds when it comes to water and conservation.  Enter Zuhal Kuvan-Mills from Australia and her Green Embassy ‘ Empty Oceans’ collection…

Environmental activist, fashion designer and artist Kuvan-Mills believes art and fashion impact our emotions and can move us to value our blue planet. Currently supporting the world’s leading direct action ocean conservation organization, Sea Shepherd (Australia) she said she was compelled to return to west-coast Canada for Vancouver Fashion Week after hearing about the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion and its threat to local waters.  This is the Perth designer’s fourth time down the runway of Vancouver Fashion Week, and her Empty Ocean’s collection is in perfect sync with water conservation, and she wanted to share that with the Vancouver audience.

Zuhal Kuvan-Mills wears a Sea Shepherd Australia t-shirt with her models at Vancouver Fashion Week on March 26, 2017 (Photo: Dustin Photography)

“Vancouver has such a rich and beautiful coastline that should be protected for generations to come. I know that the First Peoples of its territory are as connected to their land and water,”  said Kuvan-Mills who connected with Charlene Aleck of Tsleil-Waututh First Nation during her stay.  Aleck’s daughter Ocean and granddaughter Maya, ad her niece Jasmine were asked to walk the runway.  The three, are the great (and great-great) grandchildren of a the late native leader, Chief Dan George.  The Tsleil-Waututh Nation is a Coast Salish band whose Indian reserve is located on Burrard Inlet in the southeast area of the District of North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

The Green Embassy runway show opened with a poignant video by Conservation International which reminded us of the beauty of the ocean, and why we need her. As the video closed,  the First Nation youth walked together down the runway in their traditional regalia covered by one large fishing net.

Maya, Ocean, and Jasmine of Tsleil-Waututh Nation on the runway for Green Embassy’s “Empty Oceans” collection at Vancouver Fashion Week (Photo: Arun Nevader)

“I am grateful to the work of Zuhal Kuvan-Mills,” said Charlee Aleck, who is an elected Councillor for her nation after the runway show, “‘Empty Oceans’ brings awareness to how we are treating/polluting our oceans, and the state of the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. She shares our concern and the imminent threats to our salmon bearing rivers and Salish Sea from the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion. ‘What will we leave our children?’ Empty nets?” continued Aleck. “I feel truly blessed to have met this beautiful soul, the passion Zuhal has put into this very important message – water is life!”

“I aim to support and help indigenous communities across the world,” says Zuhal. “The children under the fishing net represents the future of the First Nations, they are being destroyed by all types of abuse and destruction to oceans,” said Kuvan-Mills. “Black coloured fish net was selected to represent death and destruction to the natural environment (coastal waters) for First Nations. It was also over the children like a black cloud as now they are under great danger of losing their coastal waters to pollution with yet another Kinder Morgan pipeline.”

(Photos: Dustin Photography)

It is her hope to create a collaborative event between the First Peoples of both Canada and Australia whereupon dance, music, fashion and the arts can be shared.

Models graced the runway to a mix of sounds of First Nation drumbeats and Aboriginal didgeridoo. Fabrics were soft and flowing like water, in blues and ocean colours, or light and creamy like the sand and sea. Bow-ties, bows, sashes or sleeves were made from re-purposed fishing net remnants. Some dresses were made of recycled polyester sourced from trash, plastic bottles, ad drift / ghost fishing nets. There was the lightest of silk pieces that whispered down the runway, while the woven items were strong and edgy like the ocean’s coral and shells, or soft and warm like the sun’s reflection on the shoreline.

The fabric of many of the coats, jackets, hats and vests were collected, hand spun, processed and dyed by Kuvan-Mills herself on her farm in Perth where she raises alpacas, a domesticated species of South American camelid, similar to the llama. Her dyes are made from vegetation, like flowers, leaves, or vegetables, finding inspiration within the textile crafting traditions of ancient times.

(Photos by Arun Nevader)

Green Embassy is Australia’s first internationally recognized organic fashion label who base their work on the protection of nature, and natural resources, while focusing on bringing public attention and education to environmental issues.

In November 2017, Kuvan-Mills will launch the inaugural Australia Eco Fashion Week in Perth. During her stay in Vancouver she explained her methods at Kwantlen University and Blanche Macdonald, and met with many designers, to inspire them to turn toward ‘slow fashion’ and join her for the event.

Green Embassy has been seen on the runway in Paris, London, Beijing and Vancouver, and with more and more concern being placed on fast fashion and the environment, Kuvan-Mills is quickly becoming a sought after guest speaker, and has been interviewed for television on SBS World News and national radio on ABC, Australia. In 2016, the Empty Oceans collection caught the attention of Pamela Anderson, who has her own foundation to help environmental causes.

Real people – non models wear Green Embassy at Vancouver Fashion Week. (Photos by Arun Nevader)

Kuvan-Mills’ commitment to sustainability, organic agriculture, art and slow fashion is expressed in each extraordinary textile piece as a labour of love.

I am so very proud to be connected to this show and that my daughters were able to walk for this amazing designer who has so much heart, passion and vision… I look forward to visiting her  in Australia.

(Photos by Arun Nevader)

Listen to a short clip of the designer talking about her dying process at a Vancouver media event.

Watch video of part of the finale walk on the runway at VFW.

Me wearing Green Embassy at Vancouver Fashion Week. The show was on my birthday on March 26! In the photo taken by Victoria Clements I am holding a Harl Taylor BAG made from natural fibres from The Bahamas. The photo on right is the same vest for a photo I included in my article “Am I Anti-Pipeline” written on my blog about my thoughts around pipelines. It was taken on Burrard Inlet where I dragon boat and where the Kinder Morgan station is.

Read  Am I Anti-Pipeline?

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Vancouver Fashion Week FW15 to open March 16th

Vancouver Fashion Week will be returning for its 25th consecutive season from Monday, March 16th through Sunday, March 22nd and returns to its downtown venue at Queen Elizabeth Plaza. The seven day event will launch Fall/Winter 2015 collections of designers from across the globe and will feature Canada’s most exciting talent.

The Opening Gala on Monday, March 16th will kick-start the week of nightly runway shows presenting over 30 designers from all over the world.

Vancouver Fashion Week founder Jamal Abdourahman is thrilled with the breadth of creative expression promised from new and returning designers.

“We are looking forward to sharing amazing talent this season. We love to celebrate the diversity of the fashion culture, and Vancouver provides the perfect platform to support emerging talent,” said Abdourahman.

Among the top returning designers is Noe Bernacelli of Peru, whose international style and exquisite designs have been greatly received by Vancouver audiences. He will be joined by Shravan Kumar of India who again wowed the VFW crowd last season with his extensive collection for men and women.

Also returning is South Korea designer Hong Kiyoung, who is widely recognized for his witty luxury streetwear, which experiments with silhouettes and colourful prints.

Designs from left to right: Noe Bernacelli (Peru), Connally McDougall (Canada), and Hong Kiyoung (China).
Designs from left to right: Noe Bernacelli (Peru), Connally McDougall (Canada), and Hong Kiyoung (China).

Every season, Vancouver Fashion Week continues to push its boundaries. The Fall/Winter 2015 installment welcomes Chinese designer ILOVECHOC who mixes cartoon designs with luxury fabrics. Also appearing will be Korean company JUKOjulie which has been greatly welcomed into the New York fashion scene; and designer Paloma Sanchez, recognized among the top 30 jewelry designers in the world (‘Unique Book; The Best Jewelry Designers’).

VFW continues to support the city’s homegrown talent with the return of local designers Connally McDougall, Grandi’s Atelier and Sara Armstrong.

Connally McDougall will be opening, and has become a local favourite.  “I am over the moon,” said the young designer who is based out of Vancouver, Canada and the UK.  “This is not only my largest and most ambitious collection, it’s my first season showing both mens’ and womens’ wear. It is also my most emotionally charged collection, and I am dedicating it to my younger sister, Morrigan.”  15% of her proceeds will go to Vancouver Island Health Eating Disorders Centre.  Check out her last runway show at VFW featured on Vogue.uk.  As one fan commented on her line, “Real clothes, for real women.”

Canadian Connally McDougall will be opening VFW FW15 and proceeds of her collection are going to the Vancouver Island Health Eating Disorder Center, in dedication to her sister.  (Photo: VFW)
Canadian Connally McDougall will be opening VFW FW15 and part proceeds of her collection are going to the Vancouver Island Health Eating Disorder Center, in dedication to her sister. (Photo: VFW)

Confirmed designers thus far for VFW FW15 are: Alex S. Yu; Aniimiism; Artees Wear; Atsushi Nakashima; Blushing Designs; Connally McDougall; Dervish Dubai; Fesvedy; Grandi’s Atelier; Hans Gallo Pohl; Haveney; Hong Kiyoung; ILOVECHOC; JFG Designs; JY Kim; Kate Miles; Laurence Pirnay; LaSalle College; Nadia + Zehra; Narumi; Nasty Habit; Noe Bernacelli; NIGHT X DAY; Ophelia Song; Paloma Sanchez; Paola Gamero; Rosey Couture; Sara Armstrong; Sofia Clothing; Sunny’s Bridal Gallery; Teresa Farese; Theresa Chen; and YKS by YongKyunShin.

Anyone can attend Vancouver Fashion Week and tickets are available from their website. If you are unable to attend, you can always catch the shows via Livestream. Keep up to date on VFW Facebook and Twitter feeds.

Vancouver Fashion Week was established in 2001 by Jamal Abdourahman. Sponsors for FW15 thus far include: Tentnology, LaSalle College, Loig’s Music Lab, Universe and Skye my Berry Pie.

Website: vanfashionweek.com
Feature photo by Sylvester Law.

Antti Asplund HETEROPHOBIA closes Vancouver Fashion Week

(Feature photos above: left by Robbin Whachell / right by Sam Stringer)

It was not your typical closing show for a fashion week, but it was indeed memorable. Many of us were wondering about this new Finnish designer, Antti Asplund and with such a unique design name, Heterophobia,  the show was highly anticipated.  As the team for Vancouver Fashion Week readied for the final show, a few center seats across from me were held open. A blond man in a cap and street clothes, wearing a bandana around his neck was ushered in and he carried a bouquet of flowers and a white pillow.  I later learned he was Henri Pohjanhovi, the designer’s marketing manager. The two seats next to him remained open (well sort of) throughout the lengthy, but most-interesting fashion display that followed.

The show was bright and colourful and at most times quite outrageous with an array of accessories like household nylon dusters, army gas masks, grenades, painted bags, shoes and fabrics. The show was set against a video backdrop that featured Asplund and his muse Hiu Lume, which was directed and filmed by a Finnish artist Andre Pozusis, and edited by Katariina Nordfors. It’s message however was not clear to me at the time.

Photos: Dale Rollings / Vancouver Fashion Week
HETEROPHOBIA (Photos by Dale Rollings) Vancouver Fashion Week, Canada CLICK TO VIEW LARGE

“The video is based on my text about equality and it keeps evolving for every show,” Asplund told me. “In Berlin it included a part in German, in Finland it had some lines in Finnish and for Vancouver I wrote French text.  The video and catwalk show in Vancouver were extended with a new part called Colourless Clan which deals with issues of violence on the streets, and racism that is still in the air in North America and all around the world.  It tells about coping with the fear of being different – that’s what the word HETEROPHOBIA stands for,” said Asplund.

The show was also dark and ghoulish at times. What struck me first was the simplicity of much of the collection, there were signature T’s and undies, and the use of cotton and nylon fabrics had unfinished edges and loose threads, but it all seemed to be part of ‘the look’.  A piece that stood out for me was the army fatigue jacket that was piled with ripped fabrics. I enjoyed the rainbow coloured pastel quilted plaid outfits with the ‘Elmer Fudd’ hats.

I had 70 cents on my personal account. But I had a dream and a strong vision…

Antti Asplund introduced his Heterophobia collection earlier this year at the Berlin Fashion Week. “The show was a great success with the Finnish fashion designer receiving resale agreements and offers of cooperation from all around the world,” says the designer’s website.

Asplund said his career  changed dramatically when he designed a small collection of products on a 70 cent budget to be sold at a Pride Week in Helsinki. “I collected all plain clothes I had for the shoot and got a printer from my beautiful downstairs’ neighbour. I loaned money from my mother to buy paper to iron prints on tees and briefs. We shot the campaign photos with Laura Vartio and photographer Andre Pozusis, we modeled and were styled identical without gender – Eetu Heinonen covered my blonde hair with brown braided wig. I wanted to abandon my self-image and become anonymous for the collection to send a visual message about equality.”

Photos by Dale Rollings / Vancouver Fashion Week
HETEROPHOBIA (Photos by Dale Rollings) Vancouver Fashion Week, Canada CLICK TO VIEW LARGE

It was a prominent time in Finland, as the designer wrote, “Finnish government put a black cloud on the LGBT community on Wednesday when they decided not to pass the bill of equal rights of same-sex marriage to the parliament … The cloud vanished on Saturday when 20,000 people of all genders and sexual orientation became one big colourful group. We sold out of every single item that day and got a long reservation list.”  It was after that, that he was invited to Berlin Fashion Week.

After revealing the collection, Asplund received support from a large number of businesses, design professionals and individuals. Asplund’s friends formed a colorful group of people, which the designer calls ‘his caravan,’ his team of 40 people who he has collaborated and worked with, which pursues acts of guerrilla marketing for the brand by moving the show in spectacular outfits around, being live advertisements for the collection.

During the Vancouver Fashion Week show, one model dressed in a nylon white fleece outfit and hat, carrying a stuffed panda bear, stopped in front of the man with the empty seats and handed the bear to him. The panda took  it’s rightful place on the pillow next to him, while we all sat in wonder.

HETEROPHOBIA (Photos by Dale Rollings) Vancouver Fashion Week, Canada
HETEROPHOBIA (Photos by Dale Rollings) Vancouver Fashion Week, Canada CLICK TO VIEW LARGE

I wanted to abandon my self-image and become anonymous for the collection to send a visual message about equality…

The show ended on a colourful note with sailor-themed striped tight outfits and models carrying various country flags until the rainbow flag was carried out by Asplund himself.  Asplund proudly waved the flag down the runway where he stopped to give a big kiss to the male model before him.  When the entourage of models paraded out for the final walk,  confetti cans were ignited perhaps declaring, “The rainbow coloured celebration of unlimited love with the Caravan of Equality.”

 “The rainbow coloured celebration of unlimited love with the Caravan of Equality” quoted one fan in Europe.
“The rainbow coloured celebration of unlimited love with the Caravan of Equality” quoted one fan in Europe.

From Vancouver, the Caravan continued to Los Angeles and then on to New York.  Asplund and Pozusis are working on his first art exhibition called Come Back to Dark – based upon his poems about the darkness and rebirth as an artist. The exhibition combines texts, songs, videos, photography and performance.  His couture collections are based on these works.

Oh, and about that panda?!  After I asked Asplund he said, “Caravan Panda is our mascot. He’s been traveling with us since the very beginning and has visited Berlin, London, Vancouver and now Los Angeles.” Panda even has his own twitter account at https://twitter.com/caravanpanda. “He is an essential part of Heterophobia performances both on the catwalk and in everyday life. He always gets the front row seat. Panda is a mischievous character, often vain and nonchalantly #unimpressed at the mundane and ordinary – unlike the rest of the Caravan…”

Caravan Panda on Instagram: #caravanpanda #unimpressed again #usa #losangeles #comingtoamerica #dolcegabbana #marlboro #HETEROPHOBIA #asplundcaravan
Caravan Panda posted on “anttiasplund” Instagram just days after Vancouver Fashion Week: #caravanpanda #unimpressed again #usa #losangeles #comingtoamerica #dolcegabbana #marlboro #HETEROPHOBIA #asplundcaravan

Green Embassy returns to Vancouver Fashion Week

I was honoured to attend an Artist’s Talk hosted by Helen Siwak of Kitsilano Kitty’s Closet over the weekend to hear Zuhal Kuvan-Mills (seen above left)  a Turkish-born Australian visual artist, textile and organic certified (GOTS) haute-couture fashion designer speak about her product and inspirations, “Beyond the Design.”  The Australian Honorary Consul Kevin Lamb even attended to show his support.

I met Zuhal last season at Vancouver Fashion Week and was in awe of her unique pieces made from felt and weaving of the alpaca she raises in Perth, Australia. “I am a farmer and a scientist first,” she said.  Zuhal graduated in 1986 from Istanbul University as a veterinarian surgeon.  She went on to lecture in animal science and conservation.

GE_fabricHer two labels, Green Embassy and  Atelier Zuhal are internationally certified with Global Organic Textile Standards (GOTS) certification. She specializes in handmade textiles using certified organic alpaca and merino fibres, and Green Embassy, a cutting-edge ‘slow fashion’ clothing label employing earth-friendly, hand-crafted techniques.  Green Embassy is organic, eco-friendly, and has a zero-waste policy.  “At the end of the year I may only have that much waste,” said Zuhal pointing to a small living room wasted bin.

It was her love for contemporary  art , that had her study at University of Creative Arts in  Farnham–England and  Curtin University in WA and earned her a Visual Arts degree, winning several awards.  She started Green Embassy in 2013.

“It was attending Vancouver Fashion Week that really got things going for me,” said Zuhal. Her Green Embassy’s first collection “Regeneration’’ went on to show at Eco -luxe London during the London Fashion week and Seattle Eco Show,  Beijing PLITZS New York Fashion Week, New Zealand  Eco-Fashion Week.

Green Embassy will be seen at the end of September, 2014 at World Fashion Week in Paris, France, representing her country (Australia)and is said to be the only ‘eco’ designer to attend this year.

Deborah Bonar, (Aboriginal Heritage Gija and Yamatji ) Western Australian artist.
Green Embassy has been collaborating with Deborah Bonar, Western Australian artist.

This season the biggest change I’ve seen in her work is the use of silk fabrics, offering up cooler pieces to be worn in spring and summer.  In her leaf colourization process she rolls eucalyptus leaves within the fabric and boils it.  The effect is colourful, rich and warm, and tells a story of the earth and nature.  “I’ve been inspired recently by First Nations designs,” said Zuhal and has since been collaborating with Deborah Bonar, (Aboriginal Heritage Gija and Yamatji ) Western Australian artist. Some of those collaborations will be seen on the runway this week in Vancouver.

Green Embassy has also launched an accessories line within her, “Connected to Land” line that use any or a variety of knitted copper wire, GOTS certified organic cotton fabric, natural silk organza eco-printed with eucalyptus leaves, agate stones, and beads.  Each, like her clothing, are unique pieces of artwork.

“I am an artist that makes clothes,” insists Zuhal, “I am not a fashion designer.”

That said, artist or designer,   I am very excited to see her next ‘group of work’ on Thursday, September 18th when her pieces hit the runway at Vancouver Fashion Week!


Vancouver Fashion Week to kick off with sparkling Opening Gala

Vancouver Fashion Week is set to kick off off with a sparkling Opening Gala on Monday, September 15th at the Queen Elizabeth Plaza. The Gala, hosted by Vancouver’s own Mary Zilba (cast member of The Real Housewives of Vancouver and seen above in her line LotusActiva) will be co presenting with MC Anthony Lewis. Additional guest speakers will include Vancouver’s public speaker, traveler and activist, Patti De Sante.

The doors will open to guests, media and designers at 6:30 pm. Introductions, speeches and designer showcases will start at 8pm and go on into the early evening. Shuttles will be provided to transport guests to the official after party at The Donnelly Group’s Republic nightclub.

The gala will not only address the start of Vancouver Fashion Week, but welcomes and celebrates the number of international designers, buyers, media and guests to the city. Vogue UK, Elle Italy, Harper’s Bazaar Argentina, WGSN are just some of the international media presence that will provide a glimpse of the arts, culture and distinctive fashion status within Vancouver’s creative community. In addition to VFW’s global media coverage, Vancouver will be welcoming over 70 international designers established and emerging, representing over 25 countries worldwide.

VFW founder Jamal Abdourahman is thrilled to be leveraging the biggest fashion week Vancouver has ever seen. The Opening Gala will just be a taste of the amazing week of emerging talent, innovative fashion and international media attention to follow.

Live streaming platforms, in conjunction with Van City Pulse, will host interviews with designers throughout the 7-day event. Backstage access and designer clips can be attained by contacting the media team, all contact detailed below. Hashtag campaigns (mainly #vanfashionweek) will unite all social activity that will appear on the screens in the intervals between shows where the guests will be able to see their images and activity on the LED runway screen.

More information: vanfashionweek.com

Related: Vancouver Fashion Week moves to new venue

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Vancouver Fashion Week Moves to New Venue

Vancouver Fashion Week (VFW) is fast approaching and will take place from the 15th to the 21st of September at Queen Elizabeth Plaza under a 13,956 square foot tent. The Presenting Sponsor, Procter and Gamble, team up with VFW for the second season and will be bringing in beauty bars and 3D makeup mirrors by COVERGIRL, Pantene and Olay. During the week, the doors will open at 4:30pm to present collections from 70 local and international designers, representing over 25 countries worldwide.

The Opening gala will take place on the 15th of September. Doors open at 6:30pm with introductions, speeches and designer showcases running from 8pm into the early evening. Official after parties with Donnelly Group will take place every night with shuttles transporting guests to the group’s nightclubs and lounges.

A sweeping 90-foot runway across the centre of the tent will accommodate a seating capacity of 720 people. For the first time in Vancouver, Tentnology will be providing a custom-built 31956 square foot white saddle tent, which will span across the paved square at the front of Queen Elizabeth Plaza. LED lighting and effects will create spectacular visuals. Upon entering the tent, guests will be welcomed to enjoy food and drinks and invited to utilize the Press Board for images and interviews.

VFW is also proud to announce that METRO News Canada has recently joined us as the official national print news sponsor and will be printing daily VFW Street style imagery of VFW’s most stylish attendees throughout the week.

Screen shot 2014-09-10 at 9.09.35 PMVancouver Fashion Week will welcome International VIP media, buyers and guests to the event including Vogue UK, Elle Canada/Italy, Harpers Bazaar Argentina, WGSN, Niche magazine, Raine Magazine, BC living, Metro News Canada and many more listed below.

7 days of international and local fashion and media buzz will solidify Vancouver’s evolving reputation as an international destination for arts, culture and tourism. Representatives from all over the globe will attend to meet the designers, watch the shows and promote the skills and talent from the emerging and established fashion houses showcasing their SS15 collections.

For 14 years VFW has worked alongside Showmax events to provide the events technical elements. With over 20 years experience Showmax has produced over 10,000 events and provides seamless installations of high spec lighting, led screens, AV installations for Festivals, Fashion Shows, Launches, Conferences and sports entertainment.

Freshii will be providing food for all VFW models, backstage volunteers and staff. 23-year-old Corrin, owner of Freshii set out to add magic to the fresh food business. In 2013, Freshii was awarded Top Franchise of the Year in Canada. They are also making a significant digital impact through social media, where they have over 100,000 followers on Instagram, and their innovative mobile app,

This season we are delighted to have Hawks Hollow as our wine supplier. Hawks Hollow is a BC Okanagan Falls based vineyard. For the show, VFW and Hawks Hollow have designed custom logos for the bottles. “Hawks Hollow is proud to be providing VFW two selections of wine. The Nest, a full-bodied merlot and White Nest, a crisp fruity Chardonnay. We hope you enjoy both the shows and our product” Steve Carter, owner Hawks Hollow.

Army and Navy are providing all of the footwear throughout the shows. This is the 4th season Army and Navy have worked alongside VFW.

This year is Skyeberrypie’s first season joining the VFW corporate sponsors list. Skye is the CEO of Lumo Cosmetics in Italy, and has been involved in the beauty and the pharmaceutical industry for past 20 years. Alongside with VFW, SkyeBerryPie will host an after party at Cabana on Friday the 19th in which the proceeds from the drink sale will go towards Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada.

Mary Zilba from Housewives of Vancouver will be showcasing her yoga wear line Lotusactivaa and will also be hosting the opening gala on the evening of the 15th. “Vancouver Fashion week is an amazing opportunity for local and national designers to be showcased in an international market. I am thrilled to be part of such a great experience. “As a new designer I am excited to be among the more than 70 global designers from more than 25 countries showing at Fashion Week. With the new venue at Queen Elizabeth Plaza, Vancouver will be the hottest ticket in town,” says Mary Zilba.

Limage Media will run all production of live streaming platforms for media to connect, feature and feed into their channels and shows. A crew of 25 cameramen, field productions teams, co-hosts and live bloggers will facilitate this captivating platform of continuous content.

SKY Helicopters has joined VFW to cross promote. SKY Helicopters is the leading helicopter company in Vancouver, offering Vancouver helicopter adventure sightseeing tours and rides, Vancouver “flightseeing” tours by air, charter helicopter services, helicopter services for industry support, helicopter rentals for a wedding or engagement and tourism.

Canadian recording artist and television host of Vancity Pulse, Marika Siewert will be filming through out the week providing media coverage for our sponsors, designers, events and all the happenings of Vancouver Fashion Week.“ I have had the privilege of being a part of VFW in the past, and I am thrilled to be working with such an incredible team again. The show is becoming one of the best in the world, and I will be bringing the highlights to our audiences internationally to give a taste of what goes on in and behind the scenes.” Marika Siewert, Van City Pulse.

Cross Promotions and Hashtags

London Drugs is running a hashtag campaign with VFW as well as a cross promotion aligning beauty and fashion. The contest winner will receive opening ceremony passes, 7 day passes and backstage access.

More information at www.VanFashionWeek.com




Vancouver Fashion Week Has Grown!

Vancouver Fashion Week opened its Fall/Winter edition with an opening gala last night at the Chinese Cultural Center and runs with nightly shows until March 24th. The center was filled to capacity with patrons said to be waiting to get in right up until the last set of heels left the runway during the designer sneak peek segment.

The event was official opened by a Vancouver City representative who read a proclamation,  and a rep from the Prime Minister’s office of Canada also spoke, stating that “Vancouver Fashion Week is now the largest fashion week in Canada (yes even bigger than Toronto) and it is the second largest in North America”.  I am still verifying these statistics but with over 60 designers this year, and to see last night’s crowd, it may very well be true.  Now in its 13th year, they have certainly progressed with such sponsors as Pantene, Covergirl and Olay coming on board this year, along with the returning Niche Magazine.

The gala event included performances by Les Noces Gitanes who put on a rousing Latin musical performance culminating with their flamenco-style dancer coming off the stage to perform down the runway. Selections from the grand piano were performed by Clare Young & Scott Meek, and Alina Kozlovskaja.

Tonight’s designers are Susana Bettencourt, Nina Tan, Alano Edzerza, Green Embassy, Jin and Jacqueline, Pitour, Shelley Klassen, and Gabriel Lage.

The bi-annual event is attended by over 20,000 guests, and has designers invited from more than 30 countries around the world. Vancouver Fashion Week partners with the Make A Wish Foundation and last evening one lucky young recipient was strutting her stuff in a new gown while sitting front row. VFW also supports the growth and development of LaSalle College, Vancouver’s fashion school.

The full fashion lineup for VFW Fall/Winter 2014 Collections include: Pierre Renaux (Paris), Gabriel Lage (Argentina), Green Embassy (Australia), Pitour (Austria), Susana Bettencourt (Portugal), Yuhsi Takahashi (Japan), mayamay (Slovakia), Martins Paulo (Brazil), Takaokami (Denmark), Evan Clayton (Vancouver), Nina Tan (Vancouver), Noe Bernacelli (Peru), Hong Kiyoung (Korea), Firan & Rose (UK), Ophelia Song (China), Birgit Badke (Kelowna), Lisa Loveday (Thunder Bay), Erikó (Colombia), Fever (UK), Angel Eye (UK), Soojin Lee (Korea), Sonya Jang (Ottawa), Jesper Annerstedt (Sweden), Rachel Liu (China), Yicheng Chen (China), Sophie Karen (USA), Shravan Kumar (India), Evolét (Peru), JFG Designs (Vancouver), Jin and Jacqueline (Vancouver), Shelley Klassen for Blushing Boutique (Vancouver), Ipek Tohumcu (Turkey), Kym Couture Kollection (USA), José Zafra (Peru), Nadia + Zehra (UK), Gardé del Avante (Toronto), Grandi’s Atelier (Vancouver), Calotype (USA), Wellgroomed Designs Inc. (Canada), Mario Young (UK), Connally McDougall (Victoria), NotEqual (Brazil), Papillon (Vancouver) and Make-up is supplied by COVERGIRL, Pantene and Olay.

For the full schedule of the fashion week, visit their website.

All runway shows will be livestreamed so watch if you are unable to attend.

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Part of the amazing team that run Vancouver Fashion Week. Actress and model Theres Amee hosts the runway shows, and Tito Chapman heads business development (Photo: Garry Kettleson)
A few pieces from opening night. Designer Jose Zafra from Peru; black and white suit by Eriko by David Alfonso of Colombia; and Sirette from the U.K. (Photos: Garry Kettleson)


Designers showcase sneak peek at the opening gala of Vancouver Fashion Week. (Photo: Ed Ng)