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Jarder Productions Celebrates Launch with a Local Fashion Show

Mark Jarder and his team at  Jarder Productions launched their brand new production company on October the 26th, at the Waterfall Building in Vancouver. Jarder Productions provides services for photography, videography, and publishing. The event was a fun fashion night out for the guests, as the dress code was “black tie” for the gents and “LBD” for the ladies. After the main speeches by Mark Jarder, and the company’s charity partner, The Looking Glass Foundation, a 3-part fashion show ensued.

Hummelle Design

Tira Hummelle of Hummelle Design is an Albertan native, and recent graduate of the Visual College of Art and Design. Her collection had a light ethereal flow, and would be great for making a splash at summertime events. I could very well imagine celebrities wearing them in Miami partying the night away. Although not pictured here, the backsides of most of her looks had interesting details too. For example, the black dress although modest in the front actually has a necklace-like drop chain in the back, fully bringing attention to the wearer’s ‘sexy back.’

Hive Mind Millinery

Dominique Hanke of Hive Mind Millinery always puts on a good show. This time around, she featured her mens collection. It’s always refreshing to see mens fashion on the runway, and especially when it comes to accessories. Hive Mind Millinery fedoras and top hats are the perfect addition to any dapper look. One female model came down the runway in a bowler hat, showing that range in the designs; a more adventurous woman who dares explore her masculine side can also rock Dominique’s mens collection.

Darius John Designs

Darius Tuliao is one of the most chill and relaxed designers we’ve met. His cool, calm demeanour shows a quiet confidence that we don’t see much of in this fast-paced industry. He sent an all-black fall/winter 2013 collection called ‘Raven’ down the runway from his Darius John Designs label. Although something else always seems to be the ‘new black,’ the designs were fabulous: it was classic, modern, with a touch of edgy.

Take for example the second look that had nicely draped gold chains at the hip to embellish a black pencil skirt, with a sheer blouse matched on top. A crowd favourite was the cashmere coat with larger Red Riding styled hood. I couldn’t help myself but just had to try on this jacket! So we went backstage and Darius helped me into it. Unfortunately I’m not as tall as the model, but it’s still a solid piece. While we were back there, we got to see the construction of the pieces up close, and each piece was flawlessly well made. This up and coming designer was scouted to show at RAW Vancouver and we can’t wait to see what he’s got in store next season!

Jarder Productions Launch

Mark Jarder by Xelha Rivera, Jarder Productions

Mark Jarder by Xelha Rivera, Jarder Productions

What makes Jarder Productions different from other production companies in Vancouver? It’s a solid ethical code Mark and his team have created that I believe will set them apart. As you may or may not know, a lot of work and activities that go on in the entertainment industries are unregulated. There are no laws that protect models nor are there established industry associations in Vancouver.

Here are a set of values that Jarder Productions stand for: Mutually Beneficial, Fair Trade (fair trade of value for products and services), Equality in the Workplace, Free of Sexual Harrassment, and Making a Difference. I think it’s great that the team has included these values as part of the company’s foundation, as these ideas always seem to be overlooked. We look forward to seeing positive change come from Jarder Productions.

I want to start by changing the culture in our industries in Vancouver. If you put all of your resources, assets, and networks towards a similar goal, things will change”, says Mark Jarder, CEO and Founder of Jarder Productions.

Photos by Aurora Chan

Words by Miranda Sam

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Vancouver Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2014: Ha Sang Beg, Hong Kiyoung, Kaye Morales

Ha Sang Beg

Hong Kiyoung

Kaye Morales

The final day of VFW saw an eclectic mix of international award winning designers, from funky fun to mature elegance.  The designer to end the week was Filipino designer Kaye Morales.  A graduate of Manila’s School of Fashion and the Arts with a background in production and interior design, Morales’ collection for Spring/Summer 2014, called “Debauchery,” was decidedly dark and gothic.  The first model down the runway was carrying a bloodied skull; subsequent models wore symbolic crowns of thorns and fetish-inspired spiky headpieces.  The colour scheme was solidly based in black, blood red, and gold.  A dramatic ending to an amazing week of fashion.

Style by Fire had a fabulous time meeting new designers, bloggers, editors and fans throughout the week, as well as catching up with old friends.  Our passion for fashion was re-ignited by the spectrum of creativity shown and can’t wait for the next week of mayhem to commence again in six months’ time!

Photos and Words by Aurora Chan

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Off the Runway: Models, Designers & Editors

Day 4 at Vancouver Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2014 edition was definitely one of the best! Not only were the shows fantastic, the crowd was looking very good too.

We got a chance to meet Samantha Skelly, editor of Vancouver Lifestyles Magazine, hang out with Marilyn Wilson, editor of Raine Magazine, chat with model Rosemary Manso about her thoughts on Noe Bernacelli‘s collection (she loves it, btw), feel the fabric of my favourite Veejay Floresca wedding gown, and interview Peruvian couture designer Noe Bernacelli.

And might I also add, Aurora & I looked pretty hot ourselves ;)

Photos by Aurora Chan | Words by Miranda Sam

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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.


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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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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Vancouver Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2014: LaSalle College, Behene, Vivid Haiku Meroe, The Unified Theory

LaSalle College

LaSalle College is a post-secondary institution with an international presence, having eighteen campuses in such countries as Morocco, Algeria, and Indonesia.  They offer programs in various design arenas, including fashion, jewellery, graphic design and interior design.  Vancouver Fashion Week was an opportunity for four of the top fashion design students chosen from the LaSalle network to unveil their creations to the public: Carolina Rojas, eeS. Jay, Jenna Cotton, and Jesper Annerstedt.  They had a large LaSalle team in the front row cheering them on.  Congratulations to them all and best wishes for their burgeoning careers!


Behene’s take on modern Indian fashion really struck a chord with what I personally adore (so obviously I’m biased here). The use of pale gold on a black lace dress was stunning, as well as golden embroidery on cream harem pants. I feel that the collection could have been lightened up without the fur trim, seeing as it is a spring/summer collection. But overall, the collection showed a unique perspective, modernizing what we would normally expect from images of Bollywood, wedding saris, and the more casual salwars.

Vivid Haiku Meroe

Yahwea Meroe released a line of what looks to be babydoll inspired dresses. Two words that capture her style are: organic and romantic. Pale pink rose petals flow with movement on three dresses’ skirts, while petal-like ruffles decorate the bodices of nearly every other dress. Because the dresses aren’t exactly a bridal white, Vivid Haiku Meroe would be a perfect choice for attending weddings or tea parties.

The Unified Theory

The show started off with a bang! Well, visually, but silently. Model Rachel Sargeant opened The Unified Theory show with a rifle in tow, completing the “minimalist and honest” prairie girl look as described by designer Sara Bayley. And I agree that her collection is pared-down minimalism, but as a whole, is very much cohesive while telling a strong story. I imagine the story of a girl who may look like she leads a simple lifestyle, but she definitely has some serious skills up her sleeve.

Photos by Aurora Chan

Words by Aurora Chan and Miranda Sam


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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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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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Moule Opens in Yaletown, Closes Park Royal Location

Moule Yaletown storefront (from http://moulelife.wordpress.com/2013/05/10/moule-yaletown/)

The title says it all: Moule opens in Yaletown and closes Park Royal location. I haven’t been to the West Van store, but I can tell you I really like the Yaletown location. I kinda get lost every time I step into the West 4th store, though I do like its spaciousness. The Yaletown location officially opened its doors on Friday, April 5th, 2013, but be sure to stop by Moule on May 30th because it’s their grand opening party! Check out the flyer in the images below or go to their Facebook page to RSVP.


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Haute Heroes

Last Thursday, August 7th, the latest crop of fashion students at John Casablancas put on one haute show at The Modern (Gastown, Vancouver). The show hosted by renowned Vancouver designer, Jason Matlo. Paying tribute to the annual New York Metropolitan Ball, Haute Heroes featured a red carpet runway. Not only did the models change costumes in terms of clothing, so did they with accessorizing pieces: from punchy coloured eyeshadow + long lashes, they moved to sunglasses, then librarian glasses. Vancouver’s Project Runway Canada season one contestant, Carlie Wong, featured a much more wearable collection than what we usually see from her couture upbringing. Joanna Kulpa never fails to win us over with innovative yet not so in-your-face sustainable fashion (you honestly don’t notice it). Was SBF the only one thirsty for more at the end of the show? To say the least, the room was haute.

Carlie Wong

Featured Designers

Carlie Wong | Venetbrento | Porscia | Kulpa | NIXXI | Nicole Bridger | Emily Miller | CC1827 | Sunja Link | Dace | Jason Matlo

Photography by Budianto Nasrun

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