Italian Day 2019: Grandy Chu's Grandi line will rock the Piazza Moda stage

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      As one of the hottest new lines to come out of Vancouver, Grandi will hit the catwalk at this weekend’s Italian Day festival.

      The demicouture label, the brainchild of Grandy Chu, last made a splash at Amazon Fashion Week Tokyo, where it debuted a spring 2019 collection called Prismania that boasted a big, bold tropical-leaf print; the designer said the pattern was a mashup of pop art and chinoiserie.

      The pieces mix collared and strapless shirts, crisscross-backed dresses, pleated and slim skirts, and other pieces in bright blasts of yellow and royal blue with the green-and-pink pattern.

      Chu first got notice for her handcrafted creations at the 2014 Vancouver Fashion Week. Before that, she said goodbye to a job in the financial sector to pursue fine dressmaking and tailoring, eventually launching a blog called in 2013, in which she documented her goal of creating one dress every seven days.

      Her looks have now been featured in international glossies including Vogue U.K., and actor and producer Andrea Wilde just sported Grandi’s showstopping scarlet gown with black lamb-leather trim on the carpet at Cannes.

      See what all the fuss is about at the festival Sunday (June 9), where Grandi’s fashion show will feature Prismania pieces, plus haute couture and 2019 fall-winter evening wear, with an opening collection inspired by a rainbow of crayon colours—all at the Piazza Moda stage on East 3rd Avenue by Commercial Drive, at 2:45, 5:25, and 6:40 p.m.

      Long-time Drive fashionista destination Kalena’s Shoes & Accessories is providing the made-in-Italy footwear.

      Italian Day on the Drive takes place from noon to 8 p.m. on Sunday (June 9).