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  • 3 Days to Runway! VFW S/S 2015 – Akira Kuwabara

    Photo courtesy of AFP/Toru Kanamaka (http://www.manager.co.th/home/viewnews.aspx) Last season attendees were awed by the 3D printed stilettos at Vancouver Fashion Week crafted by designer Pierre Renaux.  Just this past week designer Katya Leonovich showcased 3D printed embellishments on her garments at Mercedes Benz NY Fashion Week so it was only a matter of time before full-on 3D printed dresses would be on the catwalk. But…Tokyo designer Akira Kuwabara showed his 3D designs during ‘The Soen Prize,’ the budding fashion designers’ contest at Bunka Fashion College at the same time we were enjoying Pierre’s heels! Obviously not practical for day-to-day wear but...

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  • 4 Days to Runway! VFW S/S 2015 – Sara Armstrong

    Image credit: Vancouver Fashion Week – http://vanfashionweek.com/sara-amstrong/ Today’s choice for designer spotlight is Vancouverite Sara Armstrong. This Blanche Macdonald graduate cut her teeth at Lululemon and Urban Outfitters, two of the west coast’s favourite lifestyle shopping destinations. Her architectural and androgynous fashion is very appealing especially in our green city where we are sometimes forced by the weather to dress a little less chic than we had planned! With pieces that appeal to all, a designer can not only widen the market appeal of the brand and be less confined by the constraints of a specific style sector. Her camouflage...

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  • 5 Days to Runway! VFW S/S 2015 – Dark Knits

    METRO LIVING ZINE IMAGE CREDIT: Vancouver Fashion Week (www.vanfashionweek.com/dark-knits/) Dark. Luscious. Forbidden. Taboo. The Dark Knits runway on Friday, September 19th is sure to titillate with their body hugging and modifying garments. Styles including corsets, top hats, frilly skirts made from tulle, shiny latex, pvc and more. Being from Alberta, I have spent quite a bit of time in Edmonton, AB, and while it was years (and years ago), a creative scene was thriving and farmers markets, vegetarian restaurants and hemp wear was clustered about. Somewhere amidst the steakhouse and oil wells, designer Nikki Styxx fell in love with the macabre...

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  • 6 Days to Runway! VFW S/S 2015 – Grandi’s Atelier

    METRO LIVING ZINE NEWS Image Credit: Grandy C. courtesy of Vancouver Fashion Week. (www.vanfashionweek.com) Being self-taught at literally everything I know, including learning to walk, I always smile inside when I read of someone else’s exploration of something that intrigues them. When I read Grandy C.’s biography from Vancouver Fashion Week (below) I was definitely interested in her journey from the financial sector to the fashion industry. A browse of her past, meticulously documented on her website www.ADressAWeek.com, reveals a woman who does not play by the rules. A women who one day decides to make an evening dress or...

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  • 7 Days to Runway! VFW S/S 2015 – George Styler

    Last season our eyes feasted on the colourful chaos that was Nadia Mustafa and Zehra Mustafa‘s line. Those New Zealand twins crashed and splashed our senses with Lego headpieces, feathers, googly glasses and a big ‘fuck you‘ to all watchers! We all loved it and hit social media hardcore with the audacity of line. Nadia + Zehra Mustafa. Photos courtesy designers. Showcasing at this Spring / Summer season is a confirmed designer with the outrageous concepts, styling and whose garments have body morphing ability. This designer to tickle our senses is multi-award winning designer George Styler. This Serbian designer is...

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