Runway fashions a guide, not gospel: stylist

By Dana Bowen, 24 hours Vancouver

Dawson & Devereaux presented their fur skirt on the opening day of VFW. (PHOTO KIVA HUANG)

Dawson & Devereaux presented their fur skirt on the opening day of VFW. (PHOTO KIVA HUANG)


Vancouver Fashion Week drew to a close Monday, leaving fashionistas to ponder the latest trends that turned heads.

With a stream of fur coats, pastels and graphic-designed pants and tops, patrons could be excused for being a little puzzled as to how to style the trending, yet loud designs.

One of the most common styling mistakes is creating outfits that are too busy by pairing fur or faux fur coats with flashy jewelry and bright colours, according to VFW fashion director Kim Krempien.

“No accessories,” said Krempien. “That’s where people tend to overdo it. It’s too much.”

Krempien suggests that when choosing a statement piece, pair it with subtle components to draw eyes to the one piece.

Fur or faux fur coats in black are the best choice, she said, and could be paired with white pants and a simple top.

Jen Garces from Your Everyday Stylist said that a major fashion faux pas is taking runway styles too literally.

“It’s not meant for street wear necessarily, but to make an impact.”

She explained that although models may wear one pastel colour from head to toe on the runway, the best way to approach it is by choosing a single piece in light blue, pink or lavender and then match it with neutral colours.

However, it isn’t as simple as throwing on a pink coat with a black top. Pairing it with something in a softer colour like winter white for the colder seasons doesn’t create too much of a contrast between colours, said Garces.

“Focus on one element and let it shine,” she said. “Don’t overwhelm a look with too many different pieces.”

In the end, it’s all about incorporating your own style into the outfit.

“Take what you already have and make it new again. Take one element from the runways and match it with what you already own.”





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