You know you’ve got something special when you can drum up 600 of Vancouver’s most stylish to put on their “Sunday Best”. Obakki presented their f/w 2011 collection last night inside the majestic St Andrew’s-Wesley church, complete with live online streaming, but this wasn’t just a fashion presentation. Creative Director Treana Peake is also the Founder of The Obakki Foundation, which to date has built 10 schools and five water catchment sites in Cameroon, along with 80 water wells in Sudan. As Peake put it, “We believe fashion can be a vehicle for change.” With 100% of the evening’s proceeds going towards the foundation, Peake can realize these projects quickly and on the ground level. But getting back to the business of fashion, the show was a standout, and, as Peake highlighted, a fantastic way to showcase local talent.
The theme was dark vs light, wise vs naïve, which mirrored the clothes in style and execution in every way. A somber almost gothic angel grouping of black silks, satins, and thick lace mingled with a gentler vision of muted earth tones. The mantra has always remained true at Obakki: the idea of effortless luxury permeates the brand from the rich fabrics to the classic detailing to the draped silhouettes to the monochromatic palettes used each season. Something new this time around were the custom designed silk printed dresses. Splashes of red and orange on a canvas of cool white made for pops of colour in an otherwise streamline palette of sands, blush, winter white, and black. Designers Elizabeth Davey and Jessica Pietrus never falter in their exquisite tailoring and fit. Classic cuts alongside the trademark Obakki blocks of ruched and draped dresses billow and wrap in all the right places.
A couple shout outs to pieces that stole the show – the draped, jet black trench was the perfect blend of the Obakki signature swing and flow meets timeless classic, along with the sand-coloured, wool, round shoulder vest with cinched waist – this piece goes from lady luxe to street chic depending on your style mood, fab double-duty piece. Check out the full collection at www.obakki.com