Candid attended Vancouver Fashion Week to see what was up for spring/summer 2018 and found quite a few gems in both emerging as well as established designers. Here is a roundup on the most intriguing ones, including backstage footage. By clicking on respective title you can read earlier reviews from Vancouver Fashion Week regarding CHENLONHENKU, D’GRAPH, KROW and see some Vancouver Street Style, but this one is the big round-up not to be missed.
ADAM is a Vancouver-based designer who stood out from the rest. This is what we are used to seeing in London, Tokyo and more experimental fashion weeks, but thankfully we got a glimpse of it during Vancouver Fashion Week. The collection was inspired by Adam’s search for his place in his sexual identity as well as trying to overthrow the stereotypes found in the gay community. With bold materials and statements Adam is one to keep an eye on.
ALEX S. YU creates colourful and minimal garments that explore the fine line between reality and fantasy. His aesthetics rollick the happy emotions of childhood, nostalgia and wanderlust; pondering in a modern, quirky way through garments. He trained at Blanche Macdonald Centre in Vancouver and then furthered his education at London College of Fashion in the UK. ALEX S. YU creates a line of contemporary luxury streetwear that is ready-to-wear with a twist of avant-garde experimental attitude. He plays with proportions, colour blocking and unusual silhouettes while mixing and using different colours and fabric weights in one garment. He often designs his own original prints or collaborates with various artists from the graphic design or visual arts fields to create original prints for his collection. ALEX S. YU launched his label at Vancouver Fashion Week in September 2014 after being named Emerging Designer of the Year by Niche Magazine. He has since showed five collections at Vancouver Fashion Week and we look forward to more.
A Korean designer who caught our attention was Boo Gun Park, who made his debut as the first full menswear line to walk the Vancouver Fashion Week runway this Spring/Summer 2018 season with his brand BOOK ON THE PARK. Established in 2014 with the slogan “WEAR THE STORY”, Boo Gun Park designs each season after reading a book which is reflected in the collection.
For his SS 18 collection, Boo Gun Park read Mr. Monorail, written by Korean author Kim Junghyuk, which tells the story of being lost in travel within the boundaries of a popular board game. As a designer who does not like travel, but has the curiosity to explore the world – however contradictory that might sound – Boo Gun Park relies on imagination instead.
Every piece in the collection is reflecting the story, in which every character has a specific fixed colour and job assigned to them. That is the motivation for BOOK ON THE PARK’s collection and each colour in the collection embodies a different character in the novel. Despite not having read the novel (only available in Korean for the time being) we do find the mix of vivid colours, layers, and design lining up with the urge to explore and stretch the boundaries even further intriguing and well put together.
HANNAH KLIEWER is a fashion design student from Hamburg, Germany. Her collection was inspired by her hometown, Hamburg, with the Hanseatic influence. That is why she picked classic colours and handmade knitwear, to represents the traditional way of living in Hamburg. Menswear designs have for her always been driven by tailoring, tradition, authenticity and details. Even though it was her first time to design menswear, she managed to combine these four aspects in her collection named Steife Brise.
MR HUA is a Chinese designer who should have had a PG 20+ warning before the show as the Candid team had just seen the film It a few days before and being inspired by clowns and balloons the show was equally scary as it was beautiful and intriguing. Being on the verge of a masquerade, MR HUA still managed to pull it off with a fashion aspect and thus managed to walk on the right side of the thin line separating the two.
REBECA REBECA is a young brand created in 2012, which has already been noticed on the international runway. Starting to develop in 2014 after their show at Vancouver Fashion Week, the brand cherishes a slow-fashion mindset and it continues to grow. The design is elegant with focus on quality, and a refined minimalistic expression combined with Norwegian culture. The inspiration mainly comes from ancient legends, myths, astrophysics and very much music, which influences Rebeca all the way from the creative idea to the choice of music on the catwalk. Her fashion refuses to fit in and maybe that is why we like this Scandi designer a bit extra and hope she will pursue more menswear in the future.
TIELER JAMES is a multi-award winning internationally recognised designer. He discovered his passion for clothing at the age of five and began working with a sewing machine and designing clothes at age seven. In 2014, at just fourteen years old, he was selected to compete on Lifetime’s Project Runway: Threads. Tieler won his episode. Tieler is now seventeen years old, and was a designer on Lifetime’s Project Runway Junior, Season 2 making it into the top five.
Tieler is an advocate of the anti-bullying campaign and fully supports It Gets Better, The Trevor Project, HRC, and Pflag. In addition to being a fashion designer and public figure, Tieler is also a full-time student at the New Orleans Center of Creative Arts where he studies a standard academic curriculum along with theatre design. Tieler maintains a high grade point average while designing costumes for the theatre, working on his own collections and making media appearances. Even the team at Candid felt old when meeting this prodigy.