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Vancouver Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2014: Angela Huang, No Label Society Club, Evan Clayton, Dandilion Wind Opaine

Angela Huang

This year marks Angela Huang‘s debut at Vancouver Fashion Week… as well as her third year in the Fashion Design Program at Kwantlen University. I’m sure right now you’re as astounded as I was! When the first few models came down the runway, all I could think about was how architectural her work is. Indeed, her minimalist lifestyle and passion for architecture have influenced her design aesthetic. All you had to do was check out her Twitter feed after the show to see how genuinely well received her debut collection was.

No Label Society Club

Aurora & I both agreed that No Label Society Club was among our top designers for the evening. It must have been the gas masks that caught our attention, but it was the impeccable attention to detail that we appreciated. When the subtle things like asymmetrical hems and interesting panels were paired with the perfect finishing touches – from bags of his own design down to the shoes – we knew this was a designer to watch. Drew Kessler’s high-end street wear takes cues from non-conformity ideas like zeitgeist and is inspired by events like the Occupy movement. The name “No Label Society Club” is what you think it is – a rejection of materialism. Drew Kessler is based in LA and had his label after graduating from Woodbury College earlier this year.

Evan Clayton

Judging by the applause from the audience before the show began, Evan Clayton was likely one of the most anticipated shows of the evening. With his debut collection at VFW shocking the crowd with masks, blood, and gothic darkness, he returned to this season with a lighter touch. Although just as revealing, if not more, somehow his pieces looked like wearable couture. In my mind, I thought that if you wore the sheer bell sleeved pantsuit with the right tank top and shorts you’d be good to go, even if you were to just wear it to, say, a fashion show. I think there’s so much potential in this young designer, and I look forward to seeing what he comes up with next season.

Dandilion Wind Opaine

When the first model barefooted and dragging a giant leafy branch down the catwalk, it became readily apparent that the brains behind Dandilion Wind Opaine is a beautiful earth child with a whimsical and vivid imagination.  With a background in music, and having been on stage with the likes of Florence + the Machine, you can see how she treats her shows more like a theatrical performance. Each outfit was more fantastical than the last, with a sly sense of humour thrown in.  The climax was when a model crawled down the catwalk with a tremendously long white veil trailing behind her, carried by pairs of black-clad models, crossing fashion with performance art.  What an inspiring way to end the night.

Photos by Aurora Chan

Words by Aurora Chan and Miranda Sam

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