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Vancouver Fashion Week: Spring/Summer 2013 (Day 1)

The Kit
September 22, 2012
Vancouver Fashion Week: Spring/Summer 2013 (Day 1)
Vancouver Fashion Week: Spring/Summer 2013 (Day 1)

From over-the-top embellishment to laid back West Coast style, Vancouver Fashion Week started off with designers showing collections which sharply juxtaposed each other. Sequins and glitter shared the spotlight with paired down minimalism, all with a Pacific Rim influence thrown in for good measure. Designers
Gianni Maanaki, Theresa Chen, Frederick Fung, Papillon Themes
Embellishment, Sheer Fabrics, Laid-back minimalism and nouveau Chinoiserie. Fashion
Lebanese designer Manaaki played up his Middle Eastern heritage with a collection full of dramatically embellished evening wear that evoked the atmosphere of sultry Arabian nights. Audible “ooohs and ahhs” could be heard from the audience as models walked down the runway in bold citrus colors like this lime green satin evening gown with a delicately beaded sheer nude bodice. Although his collection was dominated by sparkle and shimmer, Manaaki proved that he also has a dark side with this Gothic, lingerie-inspired cocktail dress that featured a crocheted black overlay atop a solid skirt and cropped bustier top. Frederick Fung served up West Coast minimalism at it’s best with a collection that perfectly mixed urban basics like skinny cargo pants and cocktail dresses with subtle country influences like gingham and paisley. Mod on the front, flirty in the back, we can’t get enough of this backless gingham mini-dress. Next up, a futuristic re-imagining of school days of yore meets modern Chinoiserie–Theresa Chen’s collection featured models wearing shrunken blazers, shorts, and deconstructed pinafores while carrying distressed vintage satchels and suitcases down the runway. A perfect mix of past and future, this stunning red jumpsuit with traditional Chinese frog closures was a standout piece. Sweet, trend-savvy and totally wearable, Papillon presented a collection of dresses that could easily jump straight off of the runway and into your closet for spring. From beach to evening, this stripped, faux wrap dress would transition perfectly. Beauty
Fresh faced and natural, Frederick Fung featured minimal eye-makeup and long, tousled fishtail braids. Add to Your Kit
It’s all about lace–whether it’s featured on the whole garment or simply as an accent, this is a must-have fabric texture for spring/summer 2013. Embrace bold colors–cheery and citrus-inspired brights like lime and tomato red will definitely be with us for another season. When it comes to hair and makeup it’s all about keeping it fresh and simple: pair beachy, tousled hair with minimal makeup, adding just a swipe of black liquid liner for extra drama. Written by Simone Paget

Vancouver Fashion Week: Spring/Summer 2013 (Day 1)
Vancouver Fashion Week: Spring/Summer 2013 (Day 1)

Vancouver Fashion Week: Spring/Summer 2013 (Day 1)
Vancouver Fashion Week: Spring/Summer 2013 (Day 1)

Vancouver Fashion Week: Spring/Summer 2013 (Day 1)
Vancouver Fashion Week: Spring/Summer 2013 (Day 1)

Vancouver Fashion Week: Spring/Summer 2013 (Day 1)
Vancouver Fashion Week: Spring/Summer 2013 (Day 1)

Vancouver Fashion Week: Spring/Summer 2013 (Day 1)
Vancouver Fashion Week: Spring/Summer 2013 (Day 1)

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