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Twice a year, Jamal Abdouraman, owner and found of VFW, manages to find a balance in the fashion presented on the runway – hard and soft, casual and couture, minimalist and excessive – so that when you leave each day you are visually and emotionally fulfilled. On Day #5 the two collections I went to see, Vancouver’s Grandi’s Atelier and Brazil’s Ocksa were indeed polar opposites. Grandi’s Atelier is known for couture finery and Ocksa for earth-friendly organic sourcing.
Renata Buzzo is a vegan designer and such lives a cruelty-free lifestyle with all her fabrics and embellishments being free from animal content. No silks, wool, shells, leather or fur. Without the traditional luxury crutches, she shows her talent as a designer with this line of beautiful constructed dresses. The audience murmured their appreciation of the subtle sophistication of the gowns.
On Day #1 I had the pleasure to meet South African designer Thabo Makhetha, whose signature is bold and bright. She graciously agreed to let me wear one of her colourful patterned vests with exaggerated collar for the evening. I jumped out of my taxi, met with her outside of the tents, slipped into the vest and within minutes the look was StreetScouted! by photographer Marshall Heritage!
Day #3 of Vancouver Fashion Week presented a wardrobe challenge. The two designers of the evening that I was anticipating – Marita Mamuchashviili and Green Embassy – both present garments that are visually stimulating tactile treats and are know for pushing texture to its limits. As I tend to favour a classic silhouette in black, my closet is devoid of chunky sweaters and bold statement pieces so I decided to tip the scales to the opposite end of the spectrum and go completely devoid of texture.