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Vancouver Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2014: Dong De Xi, Aloysius Liew, Veejay Floresca and more

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

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.

Designers

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

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

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