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Ones to Watch: Vancouver Fashion Week
August 17, 2017
Vancouver Fashion Week’s 30th consecutive season takes place next month and we have an edit of menswear designers to watch out for – one of them will have you saying or at least thinking: ‘Jackie Chan is cool’.
The spring/summer 2018 season of Vancouver Fashion Week (VFW) will take place from the 18th to 24th September in Vancouver, British Columbia – a city visited earlier in the year by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (along with Prince George and Princess Charlotte) with Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau and his partner, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau.
Surrounded by water and mountains, the city is one of the more picturesque stops on the fashion week circuit and is a huge draw for buyers and press from America, Brazil, China, Taiwan, South Korea, Mexico, the UK, Spain, the United Arab Emirates and more. There is always a handful of celebrities on the front row of the shows as well due to Vancouver being a hub for filming both television and feature films; we ran into Riverdale’s Cole Sprouse there a couple seasons ago.
VFW is one of the most forward-thinking fashion weeks and looks to the world to fill its catwalk schedule. The founder, Jamal Abdourahman scouts the globe on an on-going basis to find new designers from around the world to join its Canadian runway favourites. The three you should be looking out for this season are:
An emerging label from Seoul, design duo Dahye Kim and Minjin Cho launch D’GRAPH in 2015. The pair met in London when they were studying and working in fashion. It was in Seoul that the brand was born and their menswear is centred around lively and artistic elements blended with subdued pops of colour and unexpected detail.
Book on the Park
Launched in South Korea in 2014 by Boo Gun, Park, the brand’s name play is twofold, with the second source of inspiration coming from a novel found lying in a park. Each piece in each Book on the Park collection tells a story and the brand champions its environmental credentials equally with its imagination. Wearability is delivered via relaxed styles in muted tones.
With the tagline ‘Low nutrition, high absorption’, we’re not sure where to begin with CHENLONHENKU, but we know we like it. Bold colours and even bolder silhouettes; we’re fairly certain these clothes are meant to kick you in the gut, figuratively. The brand name, CHENLONHENKU means ‘Jackie Chan is cool’ in Chinese, but the designer assures us, “This label has nothing to do with Jackie Chan [laughs]. Just like his films, our collections are made up of easy content with serious attitude.”
Vancouver Fashion Week will take place from the 18th to 24th of September at David Lam Hall in Vancouver. For more details, click here.
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