Eclectic inspirations highlight Vancouver Fashion Week

By Dana Bowen, 24 hours Vancouver

A giant fictitious whale, a popular video game series and prostitution are just some of the far-out ideas that have inspired designers at the upcoming Vancouver Fashion Week.

With more than 60 designers from around the globe showcasing their fall/winter collections at VFW starting March 18, local designers are getting ready to represent Vancouver’s unique and eclectic style.

"It represents how diverse Vancouver really is," said VFW's communications director Michael Ianni.

Third-time presenter Evan Clayton has always shown a twist in his women's line, but this year he is taking "a complete 180 from last season."

Influenced by the artist Yoshitaka Amano of the video game Final Fantasy, the designer has adopted an unstructured look with some of his outfits in monochromatic shades like burgundy and lavender.

"Trend is something I try to avoid," Clayton said.

Maida Ghide of Anna Fora Designs discovered her inspiration from the history of prostitution.

"It's not to promote sex," she said, "it's about the beauty behind the shapes."

In her first-time as a VFW designer, Ghide said she drew her use of colour and draping within her new collection from concubines and prostitution throughout history.

Sara Armstrong, another first-time presenter, has opted for a more minimalist and contemporary look for her collection. After reading Moby Dick for the first time this winter, Armstrong said she had often wondered what they wore and found herself creating wool hats and nautical stripes among her designs.

VFW fashion director Kim Krempien said that with so many designers showcasing this season, there is an abundance of styles and trends to be presented.

Fashion week runs March 18-24 at the Chinese Cultural Centre.



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