On day two of Vancouver Fashion Week, we were thrilled to feast our eyes on the works of some incredibly talented Canadian designers. We arrived tragically late yet again, but as we’ve learned in the past two days, there’s no such thing as being late to a fashion show. Our inner clocks are somehow synched to the fashion world, and we arrived just in time to see Nasty Habit, the three-year-old line by designer Greem Byun.
Byun started her line after graduating with a degree in textile art and fashion design from Hongik University in Seoul. She realized all “nasty habits” are addictive and not bound by any rule and so she had the perfect name for her bold, avant-garde label. Nasty Habit combines asymmetrical cuts and dark edge with a soft subtlety that is just perfect. See more of Byun’s designs in the film for her 2015 Fall/Winter collection.
Alex S. Yu is a local designer in the truest sense, having graduated from Blanche Macdonald Centre here in Vancouver before furthering his fashion education at the London College of Fashion. His womenswear designs “explore the fine line between reality and fantasy.”
Young but not childish, colourful but not overwhelming, his show made us want to get dressed up and head to the playground. You can get your paws on Yu’s designs here in Vancouver at the Alex S. Yu pop-up store from March 20 to 22.
This time, we didn’t even sneak a cigarette in during the break. We decided to hang around and maybe upgrade our second-last row bleacher seats. After being asked to please leave the front row by none other than the founder and CEO of Vancouver Fashion Week, Jamal Abdourahman, we settled for some second-row seats right by the end of the catwalk.
If you wanna stand out, this is definitely the line for you. ILOVECHOC is a Chinese brand founded in 2009 of girly and playful streetwear.
They list their inspiration this season as a dollar sign, in order to poke fun at youth’s obsession with money and material objects. We’d love to know how much it costs to wear a sweater that pokes fun at materialism.
Runway shots courtesy of Vancouver Fashion Week.