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  • 9/19: Day 4 of VFW S/S 2015 – Dark Knits Boutique

    (re-posted from MetroLivingZine.com)   MLZ’s Helen Siwak, with Corinne Simpson and Nikki Styx of Dark Knits.  Photographer: Dominic Manea. 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! Paired with a peacock blue straw hat with veil from Granville Island Hat Shop and a simple grey wool skirt by Escada, the yellow sash...

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  • 9/22 @GreenEmbassy: Artist Tea & Talk with Zuhal Kuvan-Mills

    Kitsilano Kitty’s Closet was so pleased to be working with Australia’s Green Embassy and artist/designer Zuhal Kuvan-Mills in presenting the official artist talk in advance of her runway show at Vancouver Fashion Week. Clockwise: Models Amanda Oiom and Skye Natasha Lintott, Model & Actor Theres Amee, pianist Clare Yuan & guest, Kevin Lamb and Zuhal Kuvan-Mills, fashion designer Amber Raine. Our workspace was transformed into the gorgeous studio of Green Embassy with the latest garments from the 100% certified organic couture line. Plus a delicious fresh fruit and baked goods buffet with fresh flowers to remind Zuhal of her flower...

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  • 9/17: Day 2 of VFW S/S 2015 – Magenta, Liu, Armstrong & Yu!

    METRO LIVING ZINE IMAGE CREDIT: Vancouver Fashion Week (www.vanfashionweek.com) Clockwise: Lu Liu, Wendy Ohlendorf – Magenta, Sara Armstrong, Alex S. Yu METRO LIVING ZINE IMAGE CREDIT: Vlassis Xanthopoulos Continuing with Day 2 of Vancouver Fashion Week! With the talent and luxuriously excessive embellishment still on my mind from the first slot designers of the LaSalle College international campuses, I forged forward. Day 2 was loaded with talent and eco-friendly designers. Diversely dark natural fibres and colourful synthetics matched each other step for step.  It was a long night but a delightful one! The tents were buzzing and it was standing room...

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  • 9/17: Day 2 of VFW S/S 2015 – LaSalle College Intl Showcase

    September 19, 2014 – reposted from MetroLivingZine.com / Author: Helen Siwak The opening runway on Day 2 showcased student works from LaSalle College International and marks their 10th consecutive season as a Vancouver Fashion Week partner. To everyone’s visual delight, additional talent from the College’s international network campuses in Montréal, Casablanca, Jakarta and Barcelona were also showing their collections. What an explosive show of delicious eye candy! The three designers from Barcelona blew all my preconceived notions of what the marriage between art and fashion looks like. Not that any of these designs are for daily wear or even special...

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  • 9/16: Day 1 of VFW S/S 2015 – Rebekah Adams, Thabo Makhetha, Akira Kuwabara

    September 18, 2014 – reposted from MetroLivingZine.com / Author: Helen Siwak The heady rush of the opening night gala dissipated around 4am on Tuesday morning. 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. The response to the beautiful green feathered hat that I wore to the gala from Granville Island Hat Shop was so positive that...

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