Vancouver Fashion Week (Day 3)

Third Night of Vancouver Fashion Week: Emerging Designers Present an Exceptional Showcase

 The third night of Vancouver Fashion Week featured 11 emerging designer runway shows on Wednesday, March 18th, 2015. Among the collections the show featured internationally acclaimed talent, two couture designers and several collections that spoke to the 1920's era and echoed themes from the Art Deco Movement. Intricate rhinestone headpieces, strong vertical lines and Flapper-style fringe all made appearances throughout the show.

 Vancouver BC March 18, 2015 - The third night of Vancouver Fashion Week featured emerging designers: Averynthe, Kate's Couture by Kate Miles,  LaSalle College (Adam-Lin Bungang, Yicheng Chen, Su Yang and Shunan Zeng), Quynntessential Couture by Quynn, Dervish Dubai, A to Z, Encima and Sara Armstrong. North Vancouver's Loigs Music Lab provided the sound for the night.

 From fascinators, straight silhouettes to rhinestone bejewelled beadwork-- several of the designs echoed a modern twist on the 1920's flapper and the Great Gatsby. The night began with a full house and a high energy during Averynthe's collection which featured gowns with a kimono-style drape and jewelry reminiscent of the Art Deco Movement. The four collections presented by LaSalle College cohesively gave a sobering tone to their runway show inspired by the same era by using classical music and a neutral palette.

 The show featured two couture designers, Kate's Couture by Kate Miles and Quynntessential Couture by Quynn. The two intricate collections were a stark juxtaposition in the show featuring exquisite one-of-a-kind gowns. Kate Miles collection presented a bold palette and used ruching and translucent fabrics along with highly meticulous beadwork to create a stunning collection. Quynntessential Couture gave a consistent, sweet 1940's pin-up with elegant accessories that resonated a very feminine feel.

 In the Designers Lounge, Kat Made Jewellery, Groma Eco Apparel and Bad Habit were full of activity. The designers engaged and presented their collections which were available for sale throughout the night. Internationally acclaimed Peruvian designer, Noe Bernacelli, presented his pieces as well during the second break for purchase off the rack. Kat Made Jewellery is inspired by travels and created by hand from beads collected around the world and even a few antique pieces that have been repurposed into new pieces.

 Ready-to-wear was the keyword in the last half the third night of VFW. Dervish Dubai's sporty apparel collection exhibited a sense of soul by using inspirational phrases and words adorned to the garments-- a quality very original in the category of active apparel. Washington-based A to Z's very bohemian collection gave a fresh spin using mesh and translucent layering. Encima's unique Made In Canada collection was very well received. The show closed with Sara Armstrong, which began her set with her brand video. The video featured her models as Ninja's but sporting her collection rather than the traditional uniform. Her runway show was perfectly fluid and showcased her unparalleled use of geometric forms and her keen eye for balance in design.

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