Precious Gallery

Jun, 20th, 2012

 
Approximately 60% of the Precious collection is shown above.
 
The words “Precious and Fenntessa” sound nice together. However they are two separate collections that were shown together Wednesday evening. Proceeds were donated to F**k Cancer.
 
It doesn’t matter if you’re a musician, photographer or fashion designer. We’re all are faced with the same challenge when connecting with the public. If our work is too Avant-garde, then our audience may not understand the message. If our work is too practical, it’s done at the expense of our creativity. With that in mind there are so many things to like about Precious Designs. Their clothes are made locally, they use organic bamboo cotton and they donate part of their proceeds to a local charity. Furthermore, their collection is wearable and well suited for the casual Vancouver market. I could easily imagine women walking down Robson St. wearing a Precious skirt and blouse.
 
However, with the greatest respect, I had hoped to see more. I wanted to see some details (other than patterns) or some creative cuts that visually differentiate their collection from those found at mainstream retail chains. Despite my yearning for more creativity I’m sure they do quite well.
 
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Lotus Eye Gallery

Feb, 29th, 2012

 
The LuvnGrace Affair ad said the show started at 8:00pm. I arrived at 8:30 and the fashion show actually started at 10:00. Unfortunately, I missed the part in the ad about the “Golden Brush Live Art Performance”. For 90 minutes we watched as two artists painted a model. 10:00pm is late for a Wednesday evening so I was about to leave. At that moment my friend Veronica pointed to a stream of models heading backstage. When the first model stepped on the runway I could tell the designer was talented. She showed a range of outfits from contemporary mini dresses to traditional Saris. She also showed us pants and an intricately patterned coat. I must admit, I was glad I waited.
 
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Vancouver Fashion Week Day 5 – Callisti Gallery

Nov, 6th, 2011

 
I REALLY liked this collection. It was cutting edge and smart. I was struck by the lack of hats, jewelry and designer purses. I understood this to mean the designer felt each piece was strong enough to stand on it’s own. I also like how she played with variations of a theme. Notice how oversized belts, mini vests and capes look similar yet different. I would love to see more of her work.
 
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Vancouver Fashion Week Day 5 – BohoBoco Gallery

Nov, 6th, 2011

 
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Vancouver Fashion Week Day 5 – MALAB Gallery

Nov, 6th, 2011

 
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Vancouver Fashion Week Day 4 – Rajadano Gallery

Nov, 5th, 2011

 
Rajadano designs handbags. However I must give credit to her Stylist for accessorizing the head scarves to highlight each handbag. The detail on each handbag was amazing. I wonder if she makes handbags with shoulder straps or handles…
 
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Vancouver Fashion Week Day 3 – True’s Fashion Gallery

Nov, 4th, 2011

 
There were a couple dresses that had a Chanel look.
 
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Vancouver Fashion Week Day 3 – Farida Lalji Gallery

Nov, 4th, 2011

 
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Vancouver Fashion Week Day 3 – Shilmel Zagvar Fashion Center Gallery

Nov, 4th, 2011

 
I was impressed with this collection.  The tailoring and craftsmanship looked impeccable.  Furthermore, the show contained three distinct elements.  The collection started with Ready-to-Wear outfits (for Saturday evening), followed by Sophisticated outfits (for an imagined rich & famous crowd) and ended with Special Occasion outfits (for opening galas).  Hopefully they will attend the Fall/Winter VFW show in March.  I would like to see more of their work.
 
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