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Top 10 Looks from Vancouver Fashion Week Fall Winter 2016 was drawn from over seventy fashion designers. The following is our top 10 looks from designers who presented luxurious fashion and style for today’s discriminating men and women.
Ivette Alaniz: A mix of textures, elegance and sensuality
Ivette Alaniz was born in Tijuana, Baja California in 1973. She began her studies at the Institute Yannem in Tijuana BC in haute couture. She then continued onto IBERO Mexican Fashion Design in Mexico City, as a designer of haute couture in 1997. Thanks to Alaniz’s talent, she became the first to win the contest models IMTA Convention in New York as an international designer in 1993 at the age of 17. A mix of textures, elegance and sensuality, is what has defined Ivette Alaniz along her path.
Eymeric Francois: Elegance, Sensualism and Fetishism
French designer Eymeric Francois began his career in 1997 with Haute-Couture designers Thierry Mugler and Christian Lacroix. He presented his first couture collection in July 2000, sponsored by LVMH Group. The designer became Official Invited Member of Haute-Couture Fashion Week in 2003, sponsored by Donald Potard, CEO of Jean Paul Gaultier. He is also Art Director of Serbia Fashion Week since 2004.
Noticed right from his beginning in Paris in 2000 thanks to clothes embroidered with pins, zippers dresses and tight corsets. Eymeric François creations range from black tuxedos to embroidered long and sensual dresses. A style which stands for Elegance, Sensualism and Fetishism. A timeless elegance without trends and seasons. A sensualism of bare skins and transparent french laces. A fetishism of silhouettes of a man who has become a sculptor.
Dominique Ansari: Vibrant colors, versatility and unique cuts
Dominique Ansari’s designs were inspired throughout her childhood dreams of becoming a great designer and pursuing a lifelong passion. Born and raised in Mississippi, Dominique knew that she would need to venture out to accomplish this and thought that LA would be the place to pursue her dreams. She decided on using her namesake as a brand name and debuted her first 40 piece collection in San Francisco in 2009.
Founded in California, the brand is innovative, fresh, and appeals to ladies that want comfort yet chic high fashion style in clothing. Her styles are known for their vibrant colors, versatility, unique cuts, and super soft fabrics. Using high quality jersey knits that are soft to the touch, makes this brand all the more luxurious.
Noe Bernacelli: Redefining the meaning of Beauty
Born in the city of Trujillo, Perú, Noe Bernacelli learned to appreciate art at an early age. At 14, he took a course in nude art. Thereafter, as an admirer of beauty, he absolutely declared to celebrate women and made them his main source of inspiration.
He moved to Milan at the age of 18, after a career in fashion design in this country and also in Paris, he found himself immersed in this world which inspired and engaged him to redefine the meaning of beauty.
Heill: Art, Design and Fashion
After graduating ESMOD Paris, Heill Yang joined the design studio of Torrente Haute Couture. He worked for Ted Lapidus and Jean Claude Jitrois in Paris following that. Later, he was appointed creative director for Paco Rabanne Korea.
Heill Yang launched his eponymous label HEILL in 2012 with an ambition to create a global approach where art, design and fashion are united.
Futa Kashmir: Sustainable, Sexy and Unique Luxury Cashmere
Jocelyn Bada has always loved fashion . As a child she would have her mom sew her outfits that she would create. Later she attended art school but ended up getting a degree in psychology with a sculpture focus. It was only after she had an injury that took her out of sculpture that she revisited design with textiles.
Futa Kashmir was created in 2013, with a desire to give cashmere a new look. She felt cashmere should look as sexy as it feels. Combining her urban experiences with her own personal desires she created this line. Based out of Oakland California, Jocelyn believes in working with the community . She creates the designs and works with local weaver, Myrrhia Resneck to make the dreams come alive.
Samuel Yeung: Luxurious colors
Stepping out of college, Samuel Yeung cultivated his trade for other designers showing at London Fashion Week. He went on to teach at Shenkar College of Engineering and Design in Tel Aviv and at the University of Mauritius. Broadening his international experience, he continued to consult for some of Europe’s major fashion manufacturers. With 10 years experience of great networking through out the industry, Samuel has confidently set up the brand Samuel Yeung which was presented at Vancouver Fashion Week.
Gatsbylady London: Downton Abbey Style
Rojda Hoda started sewing and designing clothes when she was a little girl. She started working in factories where she learned every aspect of sewing and pattern making. After that, she strengthen her knowledge with a postgraduate degree from University of London and MSc degree in Fashion from a leading University in Great Britain.
What sets Gatsbylady apart is the quality of fabrics, unique hand embellished designs and the flexibility of their fits. Their designs are individual, effortless, comfortable and stretches by a size for an easy fit.
Evan Clayton: Quality with Theatrical Appeal Fashions
Evan Clayton is an exciting Vancouver based brand that is ideal for the fashion-conscious, professional woman who desires clothing with international appeal because of its high quality, theatrical appeal and integrity. A fashion company that marries art and fashion in such way as to create political, personal and artistic expression, he creates an experience surrounding his clothing line.
In March of 2013, he launched its first collection at Vancouver Fashion Week. Titled The Fall of Joan, it was inspired by the doomed martyr Joan of Arc’s final days and the unreleased Lady Gaga song, Princess Die. Evan Clayton provides ready-to-wear garments, customer orders, and artistically challenging sculptural fashion.
Je Vis Couture: One-of-kind Bridal Collection
Born and raised in Vancouver, BC, Bonnie Chung, Owner and Head Designer of Je Vis Couture and Je Vis Bridal, was the top graduate of John Casablanca’s Fashion Business and Creative Arts Diploma Program in 2006. Her fashion journey with Je Vis Couture commenced with designing custom evening and cocktail dresses starting in 2010.
Her unconditional love and passion for fashion and dresses, specifically, drove her to design multiple collections of evening and cocktail dresses. After creating a few season’s dresses, Bonnie decided to offer custom evening dresses to her clients who wanted a one-of-a-kind dress for their special events. With a small collection in hand, her dresses became an immediate hit with her soon-to-be bride friends. Now, situated in Toronto, Bonnie has officially launched the bridal collection for Je Vis Couture, Je Vis Bridal.
Photos | Simon Lau