All eyes were focused on designer Evan Clayton last Tuesday…
Vancouver Fashion Week spring summer 2017 showcased young and veteran designers offering up luxury glamour to street style chic.
A celebrated humanist once put the ratio of passion:reason bestowed in man at 24:1. After graduating from business school, Grandy found this to be approximately the ratio of time she spent designing and making dresses, versus that spent searching for what her mother referred to as gainful employment.
In 2013, Grandy started making one dress a week, from scratch, and founded ADressAWeek.com to blog about her journey. From there, her style and philosophy as a designer emerged, with special emphasis on the beauty of timeless elegance, the bespoke tradition, and quality craftsmanship. All garments are locally hand-made, and tailored to the specific measurements and body type of each client.
The enchanting style of Simon Barth Couture is romantic, playful, and very feminine. His intricate creations are skillfully handcrafted and embroidered. The sophisticated embellishments infuse each dress with its unique magic.
In his own workshop in Vienna, he creates collections of couture, exclusive bridal wear and elegant evening gowns as well as intricate embroideries. Since his time in Vienna he was a successful part of Fedrigoni “paper couture”, one of the finalists of the vienna fashion award by Steffl.
Johanna DiNardo is a new talent in design. During her intensive education earning a Bachelors Degree from Drexel University’s acclaimed Fashion Design Program, Johanna spent a great deal of time in London, studying at London College of Fashion and working under renowned designer, Marios Schwab. Her insatiable affinity toward luxury, and unique approach to design, integrating rich texture whilst creating shapes of a draped yet tailored quality, define her aesthetic. Exuding a powerful femininity and timeless modernity, Johanna specializes in luxury womenswear, evening wear, and embellishment design.
Jac by Jacqueline Conoir
For RozeMerie, designing was a predestination. A photograph of her late mother sitting behind a sewing machine inspired her to create pieces for herself throughout her teenage years in Vancouver. RozeMerie enrolled at ESMOD and moved to Paris to study design and pattern making.
JAC reflects RozeMerie’s personal style: chic, contemporary, sensual and detail-oriented. Traveling regularly across the globe fuels her inspiration and creativity, which is manifested in her ability to create timeless modern trends for the urban woman.
Vesuvius by Sam Stringer
Sam Stringer is a 22 year old designer from Vancouver BC who combines traditional mastery with modern aesthetic to create elaborate and luxurious evening gowns. Recently receiving her BA in Fashion Design from Kwantlen Polytechnic University, she is proud to release her premier collection of evening gowns; Vesuvius by Sam Stringer.
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 one of the 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.
Born 1991 in Damascus, also known as the City of Jasmine, from a Syrian-Canadian father and a Syrian-Greek mother, Rama Seifi moved to Toronto soon after her birth where she spent part of her childhood before moving back to Damascus. After moving to Paris when she was 18, Rama Seifi graduated from the prestigious Parsons Paris. She trained under renowned names such as Diane Von Furstenberg, Phillip Lim, Defined Moment and a few other local brands before deciding to launch her own label.
Feminine, dreamy, poetic, and contemporary style became her signature after showcasing her collection in the annual Parsons Paris which stood out with a sense of texture and cut. Rama Seifi is a luxury women’s wear label, creating designs born from a compelling concept and story. It is where traditional craftsmanship meets contemporary design. Rama is dedicated to create beautifully crafted pieces from the inside and out.
Amplified by what the Lesley Hampton woman puts onto her body, the brand aims to exemplify the inner confidence that can occur within a being. Creative Director Lesley Hampton is a First Nation wearable artist and a graduate of the Honours Bachelor of Arts degree program with the University of Toronto and Sheridan College.
Growing up in Central Alberta, Sally Omeme dreamed of working in Fashion. It wasn’t until her Mother taught her to knit, that she found her niche. While attending the John Casablancas Institute her instructors encouraged her pursuit of becoming a knitwear designer.
Sally Omeme upcycles textiles such as suede, leather, denim to create some of her knitwear designs, as well as knits with other fabrics such as satin, organza and various yarns. Her current collection was inspired by desert goddess, tribal woman, animalistic feel.
After her training in New York City, Angela Lee decided to start her label LEE ATELIER in Canada. Though she was born and brought up in Toronto, the designer has always felt a longing to reconnect with her roots in Asia. Her design inspirations often come from her travels to Asia, and she often finds time to travel between the two continents.