Vancouver Fashion Week wraps up:
A highlight of the week
By Jamie Samhan
Another Vancouver Fashion Week (VFW) has successfully wrapped up.
After kicking off the Spring/Summer 2019 shows on 17 September at Vancouver’s Art Gallery, some of the brightest stylists, retailers and make-up artists were honoured at the Originator Awards.
A designer preview took place, where attendees were teased with some of the exquisite designs that would be shown throughout the week including everything from Spanish gowns to mythical feminine creations.
Designer Masuda Sebastian of 6-D Sebastian Masuda presented ‘Reboot the Kawaii’, where he questioned: “What is fashion?”. The Japanese designer contrasted tulle skirts with leather jackets and one of the hottest accessories of the season, transparent PVC, which can be seen on runways and Hollywood elite across the globe. Embellishments were his fall back as the men’s ‘Bijou jacket’ in hot pink with glittery pins lacing the lapel stole the show.
Another stand out collection was ‘The Revelation of Dawn’ from Chein Hsiang Hung, in collaboration with Kai-Lun Hung.
The models looked like the end of the world was coming in a more fashionable take on a hazmat suit. The designers explained their thinking on the VFW website, saying: “New technology is making this planet more convenient and saves many lives, but meanwhile, the environment is going down, the morality is going down, the spirit of the human heart is going down, it seems nobody cares, just like the Dawn, everything is going dark and quiet in the early future.”
And it wouldn’t be a 2019 collection without a unisex fashion line. Philippines-born and Vancouver-raised fashion designer, Adam-Lin Bungag of NOT DEAD YET brought the gender-neutral collection to the table.
After rebranding his unisex line earlier this year, NOT DEAD YET offers an array of edgy made-to-order drop-crotch trousers, hoodies and blazers using “marginalized” fabrics like latex and the popular PVC.
His collection ‘Shame’ shown at VFW “explores the contempt and discomfort we find in our own self-awareness through the process of discovering our true identity.”
Vancouver Fashion Week has celebrated 31 seasons and is the fastest growing fashion week in the world. It is the only industry event that will go out and seek international talent to showcase.
Featured photo: Tristen Williams, www.canadianinquirer.net