Vancouver Fashion Week – Championing Diversity
Since its inception in 2001, Vancouver Fashion Week is endeavoring to promote the talent of both established and emerging designers with its highly multicultural approach and global perspective.
This year the team ‘Pakistan in Vogue’ formed a media partnership with Vancouver Fashion Week SS'23 and physically covered the event, so that the audience may not miss out on any updates from the most anticipated fashion walk.
During the Vancouver Fashion Week shows and events, we noticed that young artists are fearless and eager to create unconventional approaches to the world of fashion design. The atmosphere was youthful and inspired far beyond what Vancouver has to offer in the fashion world. The show took place on October 20th-23rd at David Lam Hall, Vancouver. Here are some of our favorite picks from the four-day fashion week.
UNSERTEN, a Tokyo-based brand UNSERTEN displayed a moody collection full of bold menswear. The runway was dominated by male models. However, this critic believes that the garments are not gender-neutral. UNSERTEN displays clothing that offers a variety of styles, from casual to formal to well-cut and sophisticated suiting. Every model was equipped with a matching set of hardware: the models were outfitted with chain harnesses that adorned their bodies and faces.
Blue Tamburin is a Korean fashion label created by Bomin Kim. The brand's philosophy at heart is to "Support Beauty in Mind, Reveal the Beauty to the World", and to make a positive difference in the fashion industry each day. Blue Tamburin showcases a collection that combines individuality, freedom, and boldness with formality.
Although beauty is subjective, Bomin Kim was able to create something beautiful based on the responses from the audience. This collection was inspired by constellations seen in the night skies. The collection includes Eastern details and Western silhouettes. Blue Tamburin has a lot of historical references. This collection is a great choice for the costume designer in you. All that being said, this brand is modern and has individual pieces that will fit into a modern wardrobe. These clothes have a sense that is appropriate for the occasion and are able to fulfill the designer’s mission of bringing beauty into the world.
Tabitha Andelin is a sustainable fashion label. Tabitha expressed how some positives can come from the negatives as the fashion brands emerged from the Covid-19 lockdown. Her design process is inspired by the fabric and the customer’s preference.
The Los Angeles-based designer brought a storm to the VFW runway with a seductive collection of high-end streetwear. Low-waisted trousers and skirts, as well as extra-long ties, appeared as seasonal trends. The collection of clothing on the runway for Spring/Summer is young, playful, and stylish.
Andelin's design process revolves around comfort. From the use of soft-touch fabrics to taking the time to create perfectly functional silhouettes, Tabitha Andelin's clothing designs are centered on comfort. Tabitha Andelin is an environmentally-friendly brand that makes small quantities of unique, upbeat clothing. We are looking forward to seeing more of her designs in the future.
Kjaer Neletia, Kome Clothing's designer, demonstrated her unique garments to an enthusiastic crowd on the opening night. This bohemian collection featured many of these artistic techniques, as well as jazzy music. Kome Clothing strives to provide wearable art for both men and women, with inclusive sizing that flatters all figures.
Each piece on the runway demonstrated the artistic abilities that went into its creation. A diverse range of textiles, patterns, and prints created a rich, eclectic atmosphere. Denim is repurposed and incorporated into the designs. The ethnic, vintage, and patchwork fabrics used in the garments tell stories. The color palette is varied, with dark basics offset by brightly emblazoned textiles. The clothing has a free-spirited feel to it and appeals to those who want clothes made with care.
#WHYSOCEREAALZ! is a menswear label with a youthful, optimistic vibe. The Korean brand, which was founded in 2019, has evolved its identity to focus on serious topics while maintaining a playful expression, drawing inspiration from the Bible verse: "When I want to do good, evil is with me."
With good and evil as the collection's theme, the subtlety lies in the idea that nothing is entirely good or entirely evil. The Autumn-Winter collection presented in Vancouver embraces both the positive and negative aspects of human nature. #whysocerealz surprised the audience with the dark and evil pieces, combined with the contrasting light and brightness. Patchwork, zippers, and plaid in a variety of colors were featured in the collection. Dark reds, blues, and grays were used to represent evil, while white, light blue, and beige were used to represent good. In a nutshell, this collection is perfect for young, urban, creative men who crave fashion variety.