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Vancouver Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2014 Opening Gala

Lovely ladies in the front row

Vancouver Fashion Week is one time in the year that the self proclaimed fashionistas of the wet coast really take the effort to prove they deserve that title.  The Spring 2014 VFW Gala Opening Party on September 16 was no exception; there wasn’t a single pair of Lululemon pants or Ugg boots in sight.  The overall style theme was definitely glamour, with a bevy of fetching ladies teetering about in their dresses and platform stilettos.  There was the added panache of ‘celebrity’ with the presence of Vancouver’s Real Housewives in the house.

The festivities began with a long tribute to the late Virginia Leeming, fashion editor for The Vancouver Sun.  This included a rundown of her career, a video presentation featuring interviews with her colleagues and associates, as well as an ode.  This was followed by a runway preview of the designers that will be showcasing their work during the week.  Countries from far and wide were represented, from Australia, Poland, and Colombia, to homegrown talent.
Let the fashion mayhem begin!  Stay tuned as Style By Fire gives you the highlights of the shows throughout the week.

Vancouver Fashion Week Gala

Vancouver Fashion Week Gala Show

Words + Photos by Aurora Chan

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Style SEEN: Madame Moje Grand Opening Fashion Show

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The Madame Moje boutique on South Granville launched its Grand Opening party in style. Working the catwalk were members from the Cast of The Real Housewives of Vancouver and Miss Calabria. Robin Reichman opened the show with my favourite piece from the Spring Summer 2013 collection – a flirty feminine lace-top dress with ruffled cap sleeves and pencil skirt. Ioulia Reynolds, Skye Lintott, and Miss Calabria Chiara Guzzo made waves on the pink runway. And Reiko Mackenzie worked the crowd with her sexy and confidant walk.

Woman about town, Frances Hui, was in attendance, as well as Fashion TV Host, Mandy Ross and stylist Crystal Carson. After the show, guests were treated with macaroons and cake pops in ‘Madame Moje purple.’

One of our favourite looks of the night by a gentleman was Stylist Felix Tavira. He mixed it up with a Joe Fresh Blazer and Marni Shorts. And as for the ladies, we loved designer Dominque Hanke’s red hot one-piece that she picked up at Jennyfleur Loves.

If you haven’t done so already, be sure to stop by Madame Moje at 2843 Granville Street to try the amazing designs on yourself.

Photos by Aurora Chan

Words by Miranda Sam

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Holt Renfrew Presents: Donna Karan New York Pre-Fall 2013

Hal Rubenstein and Lisa Tant

Holt Renfrew hosted a special sneak peek Donna Karan Pre-Fall 2013 fashion show on July 10th inside the downtown Vancouver store.  The show was introduced by Holt’s VP Fashion Editor Lisa Tant, as well as special guest Hal Rubenstein, editor at large at InStyle Magazine.  The tanned and smartly dressed Rubenstein acted as representative for the Donna Karan brand and shared its philosophy and design concepts. Karan understands and relates to the needs of real women and that informs how she designs each item and what fabrics she chooses.  Rubenstein called her creations ‘value pieces’ as they are meant to work for you as hard as you do and for many years.

True to Rubenstein’s word, the show featured subtle, streamlined pieces in subdued blacks, browns, greys, burgundy, and navy which looked like they were meant to be long-lasting staples in your wardrobe, both versatile for a variety of occasions and easy to travel with.

In addition to the focus on Donna Karan, Rubenstein also sprinkled his talk with plenty of inspirational gems of advice and observations worth taking to heart:

  1. Each woman is special and unique in her beauty; discover and revel in this rather than feeling inadequate because you don’t look like a certain celebrity.
  2. Don’t follow trends. Follow what looks good on you.  Follow what makes you feel good. (hurrah!)
  3. Don’t listen to what fashion editors tell you what to wear.  Turn to the ones around you who love and appreciate things about you that you may not even be aware of, like your spouse, children, mother, etc.
  4. Dress everyday like as if you’re going to run into that someone you dated back in high school. (yes!)
  5. Wear your clothes; don’t let your clothes wear you.  Once you’ve put on your outfit for the day, you shouldn’t have to think about it anymore.
  6. Always show your waist.  Belts are your friend.
  7. Every woman should own jersey.  It fits and flatters every body type. (This one I’m a bit unsure about.  Jersey is comfortable and doesn’t require ironing, hugs every curve; however, it also hugs every lump n’ bump.  I like clothes that hug more discriminately.) 
  8. You are only as wide as the width of your clothes.  If you wear a tent, you’ll look like one.
  9. Sorry ladies, but shoes with heels are simply sexier than flats, especially with a dress.
  10. Try flirting more; you’ll get a lot further than texting.

Words + Photos by Aurora Chan

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Style SEEN: Community Unity Celebration Fashion Show

Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside was the site of the inaugural Community Unity Celebration on July 21st, which also marked both National Aboriginal Day and summer solstice.  This community-initiated and community-led project served to unite four local communities; namely, Lek Lek I (Blood Alley) and Pigeon Park, Hastings Farm, Woodward’s Atrium, and Victory Square.  The full-day roster of events included an alternative fashion show which took place in the Blood Alley.  Models hobbled gamely down the cobblestone catwalk to showcase the creations of local Aboriginal and other designers.  Some designs were influenced by hip hop and skateboarding culture, while others were inspired by indigenous traditional attire and art.  Kudos to the organizers for taking the initiative in showcasing the talents of local emerging designers, artists, and musicians, as well as promoting the evolution of the DTES.

Pretty Bstard by TMC


Sho Sho Esquiro Clothing


TAJ House of Talents

Words + Photos by Aurora Chan

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Be SCENE: Flagship x Shoppalu Pop-Up Shop Party

Shoppalu x Flagship Pop-Up

Flagship Lifestyle is teaming up with Shoppalu for a pop-up shop in East Vancouver. The launch party happens this Saturday. Perfect for a summer solstice party!

If you can’t make it this Saturday, the store will be open from now until July 11th, Monday – Friday from 11am – 7pm.

Flagship Pop Up Store

Style Sheet

  • Event | Flagship x Shoppalu Solstice Party
  • Date | Saturday, June 22nd
  • Time | 7pm – late
  • Location | 208 East 12th Ave (former body politic location)
  • FYI | drinks at the bar, hors d’oeuvres served, beautiful people

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Be SCENE: Madame Moje x Benefit fashion show

Benefit x Madame Moje

Great new affordable luxury women’s store on South Granville, Madam Moje, is doing a joint fashion show with Benefit Cosmetics this Saturday at the Shopper’s. You should definitely be there!

More to come about Madam Moje next week…

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Style SEEN: Moule Yaletown Grand Opening

Treana Peake signing Sue's Obakki piece!

When Moule held their Grand Opening party, the highlight was definitely seeing style darling Sue Ennis excitedly get her unique Obakki editorial piece signed by designer Treana Peake. In fact, she tracked it down after seeing it in the Obakki catalogue, and miraculously found one of three ever made!

In attendance were Michael Gorenstein and his adorable young son, Sabine Costello, Moule District Manager and Julia Cathcart, designer for Rachel Mara. Also to be seen were store manager Mara Maldonado and blue-haired associate, Hiiro Prince. And of course, the lovely Sue Ennis.

We were all delighted by the vintage popcorn and hot dog machines, confectionary table, and great atmosphere.

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Lace Embrace Antique Corset Exhibition & Historic Fashion Show III

May means spring is in the air, and what better way to celebrate than by holding a magical mansion garden party?  Lace Embrace Atelier does just that and what a frothy treat it is!  This year was their third Antique Corset Exhibition & Historic Fashion Show which was held at the majestic Hycroft Mansion in Shaughnessy. The carefully selected corsets and ephemera on display were from the private collection of Melanie Talkington, owner and corsetiere of Lace Embrace Atelier.  There was also a silent auction of various sponsored treasures and a Victorian photo booth, as well as refreshments for purchase.  Ms. Talkington presided over an intimate fashion show on the terrace and demonstrated the sequence of how a typical Victorian lady gets dressed, from slip dress to corset and hat.

The proceeds of this delightful event will be used towards the opening of the first Antique Corset Museum in Vancouver, to be slated for 2014.  Ms. Talkington is the owner of the largest antique corset collection in the world and would like to provide a permanent home for her precious pretty things to be shared with locals and tourists alike.  I eagerly await the day when this vision becomes a reality, but in the meantime, I am grateful that Lace Embrace throws such a fabulous annual party that transports me into another world and time.

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Style SEEN: loulou x ALDO Shopping Tour

May 23rd marked Vancouver’s stop on loulou Magazine and Aldo Shoes‘ cross-country Shopping Tour, which started in Calgary and will end in Montreal on the 30th. These VIP shopping events originated as a way to celebrate the Canadian magazine’s fifth anniversary in print, as well as to show appreciation to its loyal readers. Since then, Loulou has continued the tradition twice a year with a Shop ‘Til You Drop marquee event in the fall and the Shopping Tour in the spring. For each event, the magazine partners with select retailers who reflect its image and the style preferences of its readership demographic. The retailer agrees to provide an exclusive discount for the evening, while Loulou provides the DJ, refreshments, swag bags and other giveaways. It’s a triple win situation for all – Loulou gains exposure and goodwill with its readers, the retailer enjoys bustling business, and customers shop with less guilt.

Arriving at the Aldo flagship store on Robson Street to find both a line-up outside to get in, as well as a line-up inside to pay for purchases, it was evident that the VIP shopping concept works. Mr. Claude Laframboise, style editor, and Ms. Samantha Smalls, Vancouver correspondent, of Loulou were on hand to host the event and mingle with customers. Amid the dance beats and sipping strawberry lemonade, young women eagerly hunted for their next pair of must-have shoes to carry them through the summer. Women and shoes….they go together like peanut butter and jelly!

Words + Photos by Aurora Chan

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Fashion Events Around Town

JC Studio Event

Rare for Vancouver during off-fashion week times, but this Thursday there’s quite a bit going on:

The first is a “Behind the Scenes” themed shopping event at JC Studio. Ever wanted to experience what’s it like to design a collection? Then here’s the event for you. Get insights into renowned Vancouver designer Rozemerie Cuevas designing the Jac and Jacqueline Conoir lines.

(212) Event

Next up is (212)’s spring collection preview, Spring Affair. Drink up with booze ‘n’ beer and candy as you watch pretty ‘babes’ in (212)’s latest spring gear.

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