Beautifully fashioned clothes that are meant cherished, appreciated, and passed down generation to generation. That’s the concept behind RELIC atelier, a line of formal and bridal wear designed by Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) fashion student Aileen Twa.
Inspired by "slow fashion" and nature, Twa’s garments embrace the regeneration of antique costumes, while remaining stylish for today.
RELIC atelier will be unveiled at The Show, presented by Tamoda Apparel, on April 24 at the River Rock Casino. Thirty-six other lines by Kwantlen Polytechnic University fashion students will also be showcased. See kpu.ca/theshow2014 for event details.
A popular Vancouver-based clothing store will host its largest warehouse sale to date over the Easter long weekend. The fifth annual PLEN+Y (various locations) sale takes place at the Vancouver Convention Centre (999 Canada Place) Friday to Monday (April 18 to 21).
The sale offers men’s and women’s clothing and accessories from previous seasons at discounts of 60 to 90 percent off. Last year, close to 10,000 people attended the event
Expect to see a long lineup outside the H&M store at Pacific Centre (609 Granville Street) this fall. Limited edition designer collections are known for attracting fashion lovers from across the Lower Mainland, and Alexander Wang has been tapped as the Swedish fast-fashion brand’s next feature designer. The Alexander Wang x H&M collection launches November 6.
Designer collaborations are only available at select H&M locations, and the downtown Vancouver store is the only participating one in B.C.
Menswear for the modern adventurer is the theme of fourth-year Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) fashion student Keisha Lowes’ collection.
Compass Travel Co. is a collection travel wear for men ages 30 to 45 who want to immerse themselves in new experiences abroad without looking like a tourist. The collection blurs the line between style and function, and blends heritage styling with comfortable performance fabrics.
The pain and discomfort Betty Zhao experienced while recovering from a car accident is what ultimately led her to create CHI: a fashionable line of clothing for women managing pain while continuing to work.
Zhao’s collection incorporates high-tech fabrics that aid blood circulation, decrease heart rate, and facilitate muscle recovery. The garments also have pockets for heat packs near muscle areas prone to soreness.
From small-town boy to big-city lad, Jan Bautista draws on the richness of his background to spark his creativity. His interest in fashion developed when he started reflecting on the different lifestyles he has been exposed to throughout his life. Originally from the Philippines, Bautista moved to Canada seven years ago with his family, which grew his love for fashion.
In the same way that Rick Mercer gets Jann Arden to do things she wouldn't normally do, my colleague Michelle da Silva has a way of getting me to go to events I don't usually go to. Though not to things nearly as terrifying. Or maybe I just don't scream as much.
First, it was a ballet class with Ballet BC (which I enjoyed and is actually a great muscle workout—ballet isn't just for men, you know).
This time around, it was men's grooming.
I didn't realize I would wind up getting a makeover. But with spring in the air, it was high time to transform myself into the delicate blossom that I truly am.
The spring 2014 edition of the Gastown Shop Hop takes place Thursday (April 10) from 5 to 9 p.m. During the event, some of Vancouver’s most stylish clothing, shoes, accessories, and home-furnishing shops will offer discounts, in-store specials, and more.
A proud resident of Port Coquitlam and very involved in the Vancouver fashion scene, Nicole Picco began experimenting with garment design at the age of 15. She eagerly jumped into post-secondary at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) so that she could continue to challenge her creativity, and discover educational opportunities for self-exploration.
Serena Koo’s final collection as fourth-year Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) fashion design student is Trompe L’oeil: a unisex line designed and fitted for both men and women. The line is strongly inspired by art, and more specifically, the art that Koo finds in the everyday things around her.
Trompe L’oeil will be unveiled at The Show, presented by Tamoda Apparel, on April 24 at the River Rock Casino. Thirty-six other lines by Kwantlen Polytechnic University fashion students will also be showcased. See kpu.ca/theshow2014 for event details.
Lynn Doan: Describe your collection.