Dong De Xi
The evening began with Dong De Xi’s white confection of femininity. The very wearable outfits consisted of a winning combination of structural pieces overlaid by a gauzy sheer covering. Feminine touches were also added in the form of ruffled necklines and cute ruffled foot coverings which brought me back to my childhood when I wore frilly short socks. Such simple accessories provided the cherry on top to the outfits. A solid collection.
Aloysius Liew‘s talent at fashion designing began early. At 19 he was talent scouted and won his first competition with his womens’ wear illustration designs. He then won a scholarship to study at the prestigious Central Saint Martins in London. He later interned at both Victor & Rolf and Alexander McQueen. His collection at VFW reaped the benefits of his impressive background – each outfit was a thing of architectural beauty. He is a master at handling fabrics, knowing their properties and how they fall on the body. Sleek, modern, innovative; Liew has a bright future ahead of him.
In the mix we have…
- Amanda Designs: Her bridal line ended with a surprise, with model Philip walking down the runway in a black wedding gown.
- Heiress Swimwear: Nicole Courchaine’s funky swimwear line had lots of neon piping for SS14. The bikinis could double as 80s and 90s-inspired midriff bearing tops.
- Itala Testino: Itala’s latest collection was inspired by the Caribbean sea, perfect for resort wear.
- Uwi Twins: This dynamic duo from Vancouver showed both mens and women’s collections at VFW
Veejay Floresca is a bridal designer from the Phillipines who actually didn’t intend to make bridal his business. But because the gowns became the best-sellers after his shows, he says, “It’s really a calling.” Well-known for creating textured and detailed gowns, his Spring/Summer 2014 collection attested to the fact; models coming down the runway swooshed in full-skirted gowns with layer upon layer of ruffled fabric. Though the designer is based in the Philippines and San Francisco, his clientele come from around the world. Will you be a Floresca Bride?
Photos by Aurora Chan
Words by Aurora Chan and Miranda Sam