On the Runway

TOP 10 TRENDS AT VANCOUVER FASHION WEEK - SPRING/SUMMER 2011

Valerio Moda, Photo Peter Jensen

Blake Hyland, Photo Peter Jensen

Eva Chen, Photo Peter Jensen

Press, Photo Peter Jensen

Fala Chien, Photo Peter Jensen

Kersh, Photo Peter Jensen

Jacqueline Conoir, Photo Peter Jensen

Press, Photo Peter Jensen

Laura Siegel, Photo Peter Jensen

Sid Neigum, Photo Peter Jensen

1.    Leather Remix – Although it’s not a textile you immediately think of for spring/summer, designers like Valerio Moda, Sid Neigum, and Laura Siegel sent out shapes, colours, and weights that are just right for the warmer months.  Earth tones and pale greys soften the feeling and Neigum’s thick-cut, but short bolero vests are the perfect layering pieces for a summer evening out.

2.    Fashion Nomads – A layered, almost gypsy caravan look dominated VFW on the emerging designer scene.  Hyland’s Mad Max layers, Neigum’s modern take on the theme, and Siegel’s mounds of knits, silks, and leather combined to inspire the wanderer within.

3.    Fit to be Dye’d – A classic summer print, the tie-dye and dip-dye gradient breathed freshness into basic tunic maxis and tank dresses.  Soft browns, mossy greens, and ochre gave the usual vibrant dye technique new life.  Press’s gradient tone maxi will be a summer time must.

4.    Print Power – All manner of print emerged, from tiny florals, to geometric designs, to new takes on stripes.  Spring summer adds some spice to the tone-on-tone options.  Jacqueline Conoir’s limited edition Italian prints were a stand out of course.

5.    Tall and Willowy – Long and lean silhouettes are the perfect way to show off a fit summer body.  Kersh and Press showcased tank maxis, tube maxi skirts, paired with body-con tees for minimal and modern shapes.

6.    White Moment – Crisp linens and cottons are the go-to basic for next season.  In addition to the LWD, designers like Neigum cut white in jersey leggings and oversized tunic tanks for a futuristic take on the summer staple.

7.    Beige is the New Black – Grounded earthy tones of beige and brown, sage and moss, creamy milk hues are high on the must-have list.  Laura Siegel’s earthy shades gave tone-on-tone a summer reboot.

8.    Knits – The new-found fascination with knits isn’t going to end come warmer temperatures.  Loose layers of lighter yarns in silks, cottons, and linens were seen at Kersh, Press, and Siegel.

9.    Feminine Glamour – Eva Chen held the market share on womanly allure. Her bejeweled and be-feathered creations added an element of classic sophistication and ballroom glitz to VFW.  

10.    Season-less Dressing – The all-season, trans-seasonal, no-season season style of dressing was prevalent at many of the shows and strongest among the emerging designers.  Could be that the next generation is about to bring in an entirely new fashion calendar, one without any boundaries.