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A Night of Haute Hat Fashion: Hive Mind Millinery

Hive Mind SS14-10

The first time we met Dominique Hanke, we noticed her great style. Then afterwards, we also noticed she was the creator behind the stylish hats she’s always seen sporting. So we were definitely excited to receive an invite to our first ever hat fashion show!

The Hive Mind Millinery 2014 Couture and Men’s collections took place October 16th at the Frontier Flooring Services space. And I kid you not, the space looked more like an artist’s studio than your typical flooring centre, and a great backdrop to Dominique’s show.

The models not only sported fabulous hats, but were also styled meticulously by EFW Value Village Thrift Chic Challenge stylist, Kenneth Wyse. A neutral colour palette with some styles selected from Evan Ducharme’s EFW 68 Pound Challenge served as a beautiful canvas to feature the hats.

I think everyone at the show was in agreement that the couture collection was really something special! Carefully crafted geometric designs created a beautiful veil that still allowed onlookers to see the wearers’ pretty faces. Acascading ruffled fabric take on the fascinator also held a lot of visual appeal. And the piece de resistance very well might have been the couture take on the beekeeper’s hat: a wider brim and rows of beads created a modern statement piece.

Dominique did a great job on putting so much fun into an accessory that needs a big revival in Vancouver. Keep up the great work, and we’re looking forward to having more hat fashion shows under our belt!

*Update Oct 21, 2013: The article had previously mentioned the clothing was from Evan Ducharme, but was in fact curated by Kenneth Wyse. 


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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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