By Helena Kaufman The Afro News Vancouver
Fashion forward was clearly the direction as Vancouver Fashion Week 2010’s models took to the event’s runway at The Empire Landmark Hotel. Even when fashion’s future faces and designers looked to ancient cultures for their inspiration the results were fresh, eclectic and at times irreverent.
The 200 people seated along the length of the runway and the 100 more filling gaps from catwalk right to the back wall, were themselves a force of fashion. Guests of all ages, tastes and body types expressed themselves suitably and accessorized with the expected exclamations.
On the night of The Afro News’ visit the show began a more than fashionably 45 minutes later than the advertised time. No one seemed to mind. In the room, the social buzz and fun was palpable.
Body flattering and feminine,PORSCIA™ Designs opened the evening with elegance and details to die for.
Retarded Velvet’s retro look channelled Grace Slick, the 80s and India. Rich eastern colours touched oversized North American shoulders, all influenced by an extended trip to India.
Drew William’s understated beige and black draping of men and women walking in zombie trance needed some colour. Pomegranate red tint under the eyes splashed on colour and in some cases set off light weight beige and black sailboats that floated by as hair accessories.
After a supper length break, people returned for Malicious Manor & Decadence as well Dussault/Deuce shows. Having been outted as a follower of fashion for some magical minutes, this writer retired at half time to savour what had already been served.
The night’s music matched the fashions, the big lights, the people pressed close and fixed on the stage, all embraced the skinny limbs, struts and pointed stares of the models. The ambience one imagines at the mention of ‘catwalk’ came alive.
And just like that, the fashion fantasy was gone, in a flash.
Congratulations to all the daring designers whose creative initiatives lit up the stage and imaginations at VFW.