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Vancouver Fashion Week SS18

Vancouver Fashion Week SS18

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I had the pleasure of being invited to experience Vancouver Fashion Week and never having been to Canada, I jumped on the offer without hesitation. I didn’t know much at all about what was going to happen apart from the fact that me and some other fashion editors from around would be there. The whole trip began with a Vancouver Fashion Week branded car picking a somewhat jetlagged me up at the airport in Vancouver. Being a luxurious Cadillac, our (designated) drivers really fulfilled our every need (nothing explicit though). Proof of this is when I forgot my camera somewhere in a national park and the driver waking up very early the day after just to go the extra mile to fetch it. Stuff like that is much appreciated and adds to the experience. Do watch the video and see me gracefully step out of the car, haha.

Stepping out of the car I was dropped of at Sutton Place in downtown Vancouver and stayed in a lovely 3 bedroom suite and despite not having much time to spend in it, I indulged in the luxury of having all that space to strut around in.

Let’s start with the fashion however, as that’s the reason a bunch of international fashion editors, me included, were invited to Vancouver Fashion Week in the First place.

ADAM is a Vancouver-based designer who stood out from the rest. This is what we are used to seeing in London, Tokyo and more experimental fashion weeks, but thankfully I got a glimpse of it during Vancouver Fashion Week. The collection was inspired by Adam’s search for his place in his sexual identity as well as trying to overthrow the stereotypes found in the gay community. With bold materials and statements Adam is one to keep an eye on.

ALEX S. YU creates colorful and minimal garments that explore the fine line between reality and fantasy. His aesthetics rollick the happy emotions of childhood, nostalgia and wanderlust; pondering in a modern, quirky way through garments. He trained at Blanche Macdonald Centre in Vancouver and then furthered his education at London College of Fashion in the UK. ALEX S. YU creates a line of contemporary luxury streetwear that is ready-to-wear with a twist of avant-garde experimental attitude. He plays with proportions, color blocking and unusual silhouettes while mixing and using different colors and fabric weights in one garment. He often designs his own original prints or collaborates with various artists from the graphic design or visual arts fields to create original prints for his collection. ALEX S. YU launched his label at Vancouver Fashion Week in September 2014 after being named Emerging Designer of the Year by Niche Magazine. He has since showed five collections at Vancouver Fashion Week and we look forward to more.

A Korean designer who caught my attention was Boo Gun Park, who made his debut as the first full menswear line to walk the Vancouver Fashion Week runway this Spring/Summer 2018 season with his brand BOOK ON THE PARK. Established in 2014 with the slogan “WEAR THE STORY”, Boo Gun Park designs each season after reading a book which is reflected in the collection.

For his SS 18 collection, Boo Gun Park read Mr. Monorail, written by Korean author Kim Junghyuk, which tells the story of being lost in travel within the boundaries of a popular board game. As a designer who does not like travel, but has the curiosity to explore the world – however contradictory that might sound – Boo Gun Park relies on imagination instead.

Every piece in the collection is reflecting the story, in which every character has a specific fixed color and job assigned to them. That is the motivation for BOOK ON THE PARK’s collection and each color in the collection embodies a different character in the novel. Despite not having read the novel (only available in Korean for the time being) we do find the mix of vivid colors, layers, and design lining up with the urge to explore and stretch the boundaries even further intriguing and well put together.

I had the pleasure of meeting the charming duo behind D’GRAPH at Vancouver Fashion Week – consisting of designer-duo Dahye Kim and Minjin Cho. They were flat mates in London while pursuing a career in the fashion industry and studying fashion, and they instantly felt a connection and a need to take it a step further. After moving back to Seoul in 2015 they set up their business together, which resulted in D’GRAPH.

The brand creates fashion with lively and artistic moods by mixing various colors and unique details to reach out to a young generation. For their SS18 collection, color truly was the key word as it K-popped throughout the pieces shown. It felt like the rainbow had scattered on the runway, thankfully with lightweight plastic details added to certain pieces to catch the colorful sky fall. Innovative, daring and a vitamin-injection for every man who wants to stand out, without being tacky or theatrical.

HANNAH KLIEWER is a fashion design student from Hamburg, Germany. Her collection was inspired by her hometown, Hamburg, with the Hanseatic influence. That is why she picked classic colors and handmade knitwear, to represents the traditional way of living in Hamburg.
Menswear designs have for her always been driven by tailoring, tradition, authenticity and details. Even though it was her first time to design menswear, she managed to combine these four aspects in her collection named Steife Brise.

When it comes to fashion and the ability to produce such a saying as “age is but a number”; it does not really apply when it comes to the prodigy behind Krow. I met up with the young, merely fifteen years old Adrianos L. Souras, designer of Krow, behind-the-scenes to have a chat, to see what inspired him to go into producing a collection at such a young age.

It resulted in a casual, yet utilitarian and even military-inspired collection, which took the astoundingly small time frame of thirty days to complete. “If fashion is something I am going to pursue, it remains to be seen,” Adrianos said, but whatever Adrianos decides to do in the future, he is one to keep our eyes on for sure. According to him, there will be a collection coming next season too, so we are awaiting what that will contain and how his style will develop.

MR HUA is a Chinese designer who should have had a PG 20+ warning before the show as I had just seen the film It a few days before and being inspired by clowns and balloons the show was equally scary as it was beautiful and intriguing. Being on the verge of a masquerade, MR HUA still managed to pull it off with a fashion aspect and thus managed to walk on the right side of the thin line separating the two.

REBECA REBECA is a young brand created in 2012, which has already been noticed on the international runway. Starting to develop in 2014 after their show at Vancouver Fashion Week, the brand cherishes a slow-fashion mindset and it continues to grow. The design is elegant with focus on quality, and a refined minimalistic expression combined with Norwegian culture. The inspiration mainly comes from ancient legends, myths, astrophysics and very much music, which influences Rebeca all the way from the creative idea to the choice of music on the catwalk. Her fashion refuses to fit in and maybe that is why we like this Scandi designer a bit extra and hope she will pursue more menswear in the future.

TIELER JAMES is a multi-award winning internationally recognised designer. He discovered his passion for clothing at the age of five and began working with a sewing machine and designing clothes at age seven. In 2014, at just fourteen years old, he was selected to compete on Lifetime’s Project Runway: Threads. Tieler won his episode. Tieler is now seventeen years old, and was a designer on Lifetime’s Project Runway Junior, Season 2 making it into the top five.

Tieler is an advocate of the anti-bullying campaign and fully supports It Gets BetterThe Trevor ProjectHRC, and Pflag. In addition to being a fashion designer and public figure, Tieler is also a full-time student at the New Orleans Center of Creative Arts where he studies a standard academic curriculum along with theatre design. Tieler maintains a high grade point average while designing costumes for the theatre, working on his own collections and making media appearances. Even I felt old when meeting this prodigy.

As for behind the scenes…

Me gossiping with Caitlan “Cush” Mitchell from Apparel Magazine during what we assume was a boring show, whereas Adriano from Fucking Young is bonding with Bryan from GQ over something we apparently didn’t see.

My Editor-in-Chief thought I looked smol on the front row. Then be it. 

The VFW team also took us on a lovely trip to Stanley Park which has been voted one of the most beautiful parks in the world, probably by Canadians themselves though. Jokes aside, it was a pleasureable experience and here I’m joined by Caitlan, Adriano and Tasia (from Getty Images). 

The freedom of overviewing the beautiful landscapes surrounding Vancouver. 

Fake army on the move in China Town. 

Me and Adriano decided to go normcore and blend in with the locals. 

Michelle was part of the team behind VFW who took great care of us international fashion editors and I cannot thank her and the team enough. A huge thank you also to Jamal who is the organizer of this thrilling week filled with surprises, not to mention a lot of bonding over dinners and lunches, despite a hectic schedule. And oh, Jamal, Michelle was off schedule when this was taken so I tried my straight moves. Looking at her facial expression I’d say I didn’t convince her though. To sum it up, see you again in March, Vancouver. You were a blast!

Video by Takashi Komukai.
Backstage pictures by me. 
Runway photos by Arun Nevader/Getty Images for VFW Management INC.
Other photos totally miscellaneous. 

44 Comments

  1. Kamen Kamenov
    Thursday October 12th, 2017 at 10:25 AM
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    Wow hello smol in the front row… great job as usual… I always cannot wait to see ur next posts and all the adventures you were involved in surrounding fashion week and not only. I have to say that VFW is maybe one of the most inspiring and a tat crazy ones … am I right? So many new shapes and colors that I was clearly overwhelmed.
    Then part I loved the most is u finding ur inner Canadian… it sure suits u. Where to next babe?

  2. marcy
    Thursday October 12th, 2017 at 11:41 AM
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    Okay you definitely been to all fashion weeks around the world lol! I’m sure this was such a great experience Thomas!! I always wanted to visit Canada such an amazing country and I saw you visit my cousin show? Alex S Yu? hahaha just kidding but he has my last name and I know why he is so talented lol
    Love this recap and all the shows you attended. Thanks for sharing this experience

    xoxo
    Marcy

  3. Mariann yip
    Thursday October 12th, 2017 at 12:28 PM
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    I didn’t even know Canada had fashion week but I’m so glad you were able to experience it. I also do appreciate little kind gestures and I must say Canadanias are the friendliest people I’ve ever met. It looks like you had a great time and all the designs are very edgy with a modern twist so I love them 🙂

  4. Simonetta Lein
    Thursday October 12th, 2017 at 03:14 PM
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    I loved your report of this fashion week. It seemed a very different one, and you rocked it with your front row seats. Thank you for this informative and fun post.

  5. Christine Kong
    Thursday October 12th, 2017 at 04:57 PM
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    I had the pleasure of going to Vancouver this past summer and fell in love with the city. It’s such a stunning city with the urban feel and also the picturesque nature so close by. I personally love menswear almost as much as I love womenswear. I love seeing these designers that are fashion forward and reading about their back story from you. I am proud to see many Asian designers being featured and having shows too. All the shows look so incredible and love the vibrant colors and all the layers and pieces shown. Thanks for covering even the smaller shows this season and the emerging designers. Xoxo, Christine
    http://dailykongfidence.com/

  6. Rachel Vogt
    Thursday October 12th, 2017 at 08:46 PM
    Reply

    Wow so many cool interesting looks, this must be such a fun experience. Thanks for sharing it. @rachelvogttrends http://rachelvogttrends.com

  7. LAFOTKA
    Thursday October 12th, 2017 at 09:45 PM
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    Oh my goodness! Looks incredible! My favourite is D’GRAPH – so cool and really stands out for me! Love that you got to hang around Vancouver as well and explore a little. The views are insane and I hope to visit soon! Looking super fresh after your trip to Greece! Kisses

  8. Sweet as fiction
    Thursday October 12th, 2017 at 10:03 PM
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    Krow and Book on the Park are my favourites. What’s crazy is I had no idea Vancouver had their own fashion week and I live in Canada lol. What a great experience to be able to attend! Loved seeing these new designers. Thanks for a great post 🙂

    Sweet as Fiction xo
    http://www.sweetasfiction.com

  9. Karina
    Thursday October 12th, 2017 at 10:25 PM
    Reply

    Ohhh Thomas, you are the Best with Fashion Weeks:)
    Your Posts about Fashion Weeks are the Best:)
    Love The Photos and Styles:)
    Love Kisses

  10. sheree
    Friday October 13th, 2017 at 10:18 AM
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    How great is it to be part of the Vancouver fashion week and smol in the front row! I love the chic and minimal pieces from these new and emerging designers. So many Asian designers representing, makes me proud. I would totally wear the knitted sweater from Hannah Kliewer for myself, it looks so cozy. Your photos and video was nicely shot and put together, your team does great work.

    xo Sheree
    PoshClassyMom.com

  11. Samantha Mariko
    Friday October 13th, 2017 at 11:52 AM
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    First of all, you are such a superstar stepping out of the car. Second of all, I’ve done a shoot wearing Alex S. Yu’s designs (he’s a friend of my friend), so it’s pretty cool you got to see his collection in person!! Vancouver looks like a great place to visit apart from Fashion Week too – the scenery looks beautiful!
    xo Samantha

  12. Nataly
    Friday October 13th, 2017 at 12:35 PM
    Reply

    This looks like such a fun event and I am loving all the collections!

  13. Gita
    Friday October 13th, 2017 at 01:06 PM
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    Woooooo looks like you got the Fashion Week VIP treatment! So jelly! And of course, I’m loving all the creative work walking down the runway

    – Gita (www.mimiandchichi.com)

  14. Anthony @oh_anthonio
    Friday October 13th, 2017 at 03:03 PM
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    OMG so many cool designers in Vancouver! I didnt even know they have their own fashion week! And sweet ride – someone’s ballinnnn

  15. Taylor Mobley
    Friday October 13th, 2017 at 04:04 PM
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    I have always wanted to go to Vancouver — it’s awesome you were able to have this experience. I’m jealous of your driver and suite experience too — that sounds SO amazing and it’s so great that they took care of you so well!

  16. Gracie
    Saturday October 14th, 2017 at 01:58 AM
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    OMG you seem to get invited to the coolest fashion weeks. I have never been to Canada. Loved your outfit on the red carpet, particularly the tee shirt.

    Xxgracie

    snappedbygracie.com

  17. Britta
    Saturday October 14th, 2017 at 07:11 AM
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    I am so jealous that your get to experience all the best of fashion weeks from all over the world! I have heard so much about Vancouver that I would not have hesitated either!
    You attended some really great shows and I cannot believe the designer from Krow is only 15! What an amazing job at such a young age!!
    Thank you for sharing this amazing experience and beautiful sights from the city!
    Xo
    Britta

  18. Meg
    Saturday October 14th, 2017 at 11:26 PM
    Reply

    Wow you really have been to every fashion week there is! Haha you must be exhausted from all of the traveling, but from all of the pictures and posts it seems like it was totally worth it. I have never been to Canada either, so I can see why you jumped on the chance! Hope you had fun 🙂

    http://www.meghanlaurie.com

  19. Vanessa Berlin
    Sunday October 15th, 2017 at 08:03 PM
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    Wow Thomas! You really admired the best of the best of Fashion shows around the world! It’s amazing to see all the unique and creative designs from talented and emerging designers. I love the great recap you have shared since fashion weeks started. Vancouver FW looks like a great and cosmopolitan experience. Your outfit is totally stylish, you look like a superstar. haha!
    Congrats my friend, keep doing the great work!
    Vanessa

    http://thefashionstatement.net

  20. Azanique
    Monday October 16th, 2017 at 12:02 AM
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    This fashion week is amazing! I love all the leather vibes.

    -xo, Azanique | https://www.lotsofsass.com

  21. Gina Diaz
    Monday October 16th, 2017 at 01:25 AM
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    How exciting you were invited to Vancouver Fashion Week, Thomas! you are rocking stepping out of the car, I think is so awesome that you have the video to share with us. I enjoy reading your recaps from the fashion events, hopefully, next year I can attend one :))

    happy week ahead, much love! xx. Gina

  22. Darlene Anderson
    Monday October 16th, 2017 at 01:37 AM
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    Hi Thomas!

    Welcome to Canada! you should have gone and check out Toronto as well. I’d be more than happy to show you around. you’ll love it here. Tho I’m glad you had such a luxurious stay in Vancouver. I didn’t know you ran a magazine! How fabulous is that?

    Hope to see you next in Toronto

    xxxx
    http://www.thenewgirl.me

  23. Valeria
    Monday October 16th, 2017 at 07:22 PM
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    I should start talking about fashion but the last picture of you and Michelle is too hilarious! She is a stunning beauty and you are looking at her like a stalker lol. That aside, I see you had some fun in spite of the hectic schedule! How amazing being chauffeured around in a Cadillac and being treated like a VIP, which you are of course. Now on to the fashion shows! I see so many innovative fresh designs, each with a unique concept. My favourite collection is from D’Graph: I see their collection as totally wearable by someone with your sense of style, crisp, fresh, minimal but making a statement. Thank you for the amazing report! Love, Valeria

  24. Jennifer Quattrucci
    Monday October 16th, 2017 at 10:22 PM
    Reply

    This is truly so fascinating! I always enjoy all your accounts of all the fashion weeks you have attended ( and there have been SO many!!!) and I actually read this last week and I keep coming back to it because there’s so much to appreciate and admire! Love the bright colors and unexpected allure of all but my favorite is Boo Gun Park! Amazing! My favorite pictures are the ones with you! You always outshine the others!!
    Love always,
    ( Your ) Jenny

  25. Life of a Sister
    Monday October 16th, 2017 at 11:07 PM
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    That is so exciting! I need to go to a Fashion Week in my life soon! I love all your amazing photos…keep it up!

  26. Samjah
    Tuesday October 17th, 2017 at 03:40 AM
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    D’Graph did it for me!! That absolutely stand apart from all the designs in my opinion. And you’re such a superstar!! You definitely got the red carpet treatment for Fashion week in Vancouver. I didn’t even know Vancouver had a fashion week! I’m learning new things every time I read your blog. Where are you off to next??

  27. Candace
    Tuesday October 17th, 2017 at 06:19 AM
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    I had no idea Vancouver Fashion Week was this big. One of my good IG friends is from there and attended this year too. I am glad you were able to go Thomas to cover it so I could see for myself! MR HUA was definitely my favorite and it sounds the most intriguing. Scary and fabulous sound like an amazing combo, not to mention the pretty colors that are featured in your pics!

    http://www.thebeautybeau.com

  28. Lana
    Tuesday October 17th, 2017 at 12:34 PM
    Reply

    Wow you are a star! Love video of you stepping out of the car haha and runway pictures of course. Vancouver Fashion weeks sounds great, would love to visit Canada one day.
    There are so many great designers there, I really love Krow and Book on the Park.

    http://lanaluu.com

  29. michelle
    Tuesday October 17th, 2017 at 01:14 PM
    Reply

    So I’m the old lady who had to google what SMOL meant LOL. But you do look adorable is orange. I do love a good pop of color. These collections look amazing and sounds like you had fun in Canada. I can’t believe a 15 year old showed at fashion week – that was my teenage dream. And I’m obsessing at those oversized collars on the knits – were those by Hannah Kliewer? I need that knit trench so bad!
    XO
    http://www.lehoarder.com/

  30. Eva
    Tuesday October 17th, 2017 at 09:07 PM
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    How many nice brands of the Designers on the Canada Fashion Week. I can’t choose but some of them love form the colors like ADAM, ALEX S YU, love the structured details of HANNAH mad the awesome and crazy colors of HUA .
    I hope you enjoyed your week 😉
    Xx
    Eva
    http://www.themermaidfashion.com

  31. Rachel Holliday
    Wednesday October 18th, 2017 at 01:10 AM
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    Thomas you look like such a star stepping out of that Cadillac! I always enjoy your fashion week posts as they introduce me to new designers that I didn’t know previously.

    That is so crazy that the designer from Krow is only 15- his pieces are amazing! I’m also loving the really vibrant colours from Alex S.Yu.

    So lovely that VFW took you guys on a trip to see some of Canada’s natural beauty too.

    Rachel xx

    http://www.thedailyluxe.net

  32. Jacqueline
    Wednesday October 18th, 2017 at 01:15 AM
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    Thanks so much for sharing this post! I literally had no idea that there was a VFW! I have yet to go to Vancouver! I’m so jealous. Love the mix of bright colors and edginess that I’m seeing for next spring. Totally rocked the norm core outfit but then again you always look good no matter what you wear! Can’t believe how young that designer from Know is. Making us all feel like what are we doing with our lives haha.

  33. Gabriela Vera
    Wednesday October 18th, 2017 at 04:54 AM
    Reply

    It looks like you had a fun time in Vancouver. You were looking like you own it when you got out of the cadillac. The fashion show looked awesome by the way, so glad you got to be in the front row to really enjoy it.

    Xo,
    Gabriela Vera
    http://www.gverastyle.blogspot.com

  34. Tandya
    Wednesday October 18th, 2017 at 05:14 AM
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    That is so amazing that you were invited to experience Vancouver Fashion Week! I have never been, but by the looks of it, the fashion didn’t disappoint! Most of the collections look so avant-garde. My favorite collection from your round up is, D’GRAPH. I like the minimalism and casualness in this collection. I’m glad that you were also able to slip in some sight seeing.

    XO
    Tandya
    http://www.simplytandya.com

  35. Madcatfashion
    Wednesday October 18th, 2017 at 10:04 AM
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    I really like the choices you picked from runaways. And your look is just on point! Absolutely effortless and chic.

  36. Rachael Sia
    Wednesday October 18th, 2017 at 10:48 AM
    Reply

    oh my!!! This looks like SO MUCH FUN!!! I’d love to attend someday. Fashion weeks are always the best aren’t they!
    xx
    Ray
    http://www.yourbaeray.com

  37. Jill
    Wednesday October 18th, 2017 at 12:11 PM
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    As always, your post are so supplement. I love the insight you project. Thank you for that.

    I would love to attend with you one day!

    J. x

  38. Eliza
    Wednesday October 18th, 2017 at 02:27 PM
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    What a blast! I’m originally from Canada, but I’ve never heard of the Vancouver Fashion Week before. It sounds like you had so much fun there! I love the designs, they are so unique. Especially the D’GRAPH one! Oh, my! They are so wow!
    I should definitely go back to Canada at least for the Fashion Week!

    Cheers, Eliza | http://www.fashion-confession.com

  39. Diana
    Wednesday October 18th, 2017 at 03:12 PM
    Reply

    Omg, I am so jealous that you experienced to travel to Vancouver, because It is on my wish list. It is pretty cool to see that Korean young designer participated in Canada to showcase their collection, because I love anything whatever Korean designers create. Because they are quite unique. Boo Gun Park’s collection is quite amazing.

    http://www.queenhorsfall.com/

  40. amanda
    Wednesday October 18th, 2017 at 07:05 PM
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    I’ve never been to Vancouver but would love to visit. The city looks so stunning and a bit edgy. I always love seeing menswear post and honestly, can be more inspired by it than womanswear. I love how you highlight the designers. HANNAH KLIEWER and ADAM stood out to me by the imagery you’ve captured. I always enjoy seeing emerging designers! Also, you definitely stepped out in style! Congrats to covering another amazing FW.

    Amanda Lee | http://EvocativelyChosen.com

  41. Massiel
    Wednesday October 18th, 2017 at 08:42 PM
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    I’m loving how edgy and decadent everything look. The collections look absolutely amazing, so fashion forward.

    I’ve never been to Vancouver, but I’m feeling quite tempted to attend the next fashion week.

  42. Sharon Wu
    Thursday October 19th, 2017 at 01:54 AM
    Reply

    Vancouver fashion week looks like so much fun! You always do the best job covering these fashion shows. Loving all the designers featured here. By the way, I was speaking with Jo the other day and she mentioned meeting you in Sweden. I am so jealous she got to meet you in real life! Haha my turn next 😉 xo, sharon

    http://www.stylelullaby.com/fashion/black-bootie-it-solemate/

  43. Kyleigh McCollam
    Thursday October 19th, 2017 at 07:46 AM
    Reply

    I absolutely love all of these runway looks! Your style is impeccable and it looks like you had an incredible time!!

  44. candi
    Friday October 20th, 2017 at 08:49 AM
    Reply

    Wow, to be honest, I didn’t know vancouver had such an amazing fashion week – look at all the colors! And you’re such a celeb now, being flown all the way to vancouver!! SO cool. I love the work you’re doing here, I love how coming to your blog, I get everything about fashion in one place. Please never stop!

    candi xo
    thelollychase.com

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