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VFW Spring/Summer 2023 Show Cased Bevy Of International Designers

VFW Spring/Summer 2023 Show Cased Bevy Of International Designers

VFW Spring/Summer 2023 Show Cased Bevy Of International Designers

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OCTOBER 21, 2022, VANCOUVER, BC – 50 E PENDER ST: Vancouver Fashion Week (VFW) Spring/Summer 2023 began today, featuring a bevy of show-stopping designers. VFW is a global platform for both local Vancouver and international designers and brands, featuring talent from Ukraine, Canada, Japan, and USA.

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The inaugural evening of Vancouver Fashion Week Spring/Summer ’23 began with an Indigenous welcome and a proclamation from the City of Vancouver. Members of the local Vancouver fashion industry were recognized for their work, including the Nancy Mak Scholarship Award Recipients Dryden Serada and Atelier Coin. Followed by encouraging speeches from Vancouver City Councillors Lisa Dominato and Michael Wiebe.

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Opening day one of VFW was Canadian-Ukrainian designer and eco-stylist, Tetyana Golota with a heartwarming video highlighting the connection between the Ukrainian and Cree First Nations people, followed by her presentation entitled “Love to Ukraine”. The collection showcased many variations of traditional cross-stitching embroidery deeply rooted in Golota’s Ukrainian heritage with accompanying floral arrangements adorning the models to create a beautiful balance. Truly a love letter to Ukraine.

Kome Clothing by local Vancouver designer, Kjaer Neletia Pedersen, presented a collection that was at once bohemian and street-ready at the same time. There were dazzling combinations of textiles so rich and varied that each piece truly feels like wearable art. Flashes of bright silk perfectly clash with jacquards and denim for a joyfully flirtatious show of craftsmanship. The collection felt like a perfect fit wardrobe for artists and creatives.

EWMA (Enterprising Women Making Art), is an inclusive women’s space in the Vancouver Downtown East Side dedicated to creating a safe space for arts-based wellness activities for anyone who identifies & lives full-time as a woman, including transfeminine, two-spirit, intersex women, and non-binary people to express themselves. EWMA’s collection for S/S’23, although designed by many artists, was a concise collection of 10 looks dripping in fantasy with a futuristic edge. Looks included ethereal space princess-esque gowns, iridescent geometric chain maille, and a swimsuit created from what appeared to be disposable face masks.

Atelier Arielle showed a striking bridal-inspired collection entitled “Romance for the Cynics”. The New York City-based designer rode the line between romanticism and modernism in her debut collection. The collection was a brief show of Ariel’s skills as a designer with structured puffball hems, and sheer structured gowns made of houndstooth complete with boning. Closing the collection, was an enchanting gown reminiscent of the filaments of a flower.

KU by Akiko Hosoi presented a collection full of punk sensibilities down the runway, including looks of distressed and upcycled jersey t-shirts patchworked back together that combined silhouette building with the grit of the streets. Hosoi employed special bleaching and dyeing techniques that were applied to express unique colors. Artfully torn denim and touches of red and leopard print brought everything together to create a grungy punk glam collection.

Tokyo-based brand UNSERTEN showed a moody collection of flamboyant menswear. Tailored black trousers paired with glittery rhinestoned accessories walked down the runway. The brooding collection pushed heteronormative notions around menswear. For one look, a model donned a dress of black velvet and tulle. One thing was consistent–every model came with an accompanying set of hardware; chain harnesses adorned their faces and bodies.

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Nancy Mak Award recipient Sereda closed out Vancouver Fashion Week S/S’23 day one with a sleek and direct collection. Set to blaring rock music, razor-sharp cuts and asymmetrical hems evoked a purely urban sensibility, as if the models were walking out to the runway from the city streets. Strikingly draped dresses and skirts were paired with motorcycle jackets, wearable but still uber chic. The closing look was a glittery halter gown with the highest slit, truly a fitting collection for a pop star or rockstar’s girlfriend.

About Vancouver Fashion Week (VFW)

Established in 2001, Vancouver Fashion Week has been dedicated to cultivating the success of both established designers and award-winning emerging designers with its global perspective and highly multicultural approach. Championing diversity as its greatest strength, Vancouver Fashion Week has become the second-largest fashion week in North America. It is one of the fastest growing fashion weeks in the world. The team at VFW continues to provide its designers not only with a platform for their craft but also with ongoing opportunities for commerce and success.

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