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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!
MLZ artsy gal about town Ha Na attended opening night of the ROAM Gallery group show on August 30th which featured Jalaa Leis Wanless, Monique Hurteau, Zsuzi Ambramson and Jack Wass. Enthralled with his work, she interviewed him post show regarding his work and artistic practice.
The heady rush of the opening night gala dissipated around 4am on Tuesday am. Coincidentally that is when my phone finally stopped buzzing and blinking. The official After Party was over and the second round of the nights' texts had finally ceased. My dreams were filled with confusing collages of potential outfits for the following days and ultimately had turned nightmarish when my alarm went off.