Fashion

VANCOUVER FASHION WEEK: DAY 1

Photo by Peter Jensen, Jensen@PeterBo.com, 604-220-5683

Photo by Peter Jensen, Jensen@PeterBo.com, 604-220-5683

Photo by Peter Jensen, Jensen@PeterBo.com, 604-220-5683

Photo by Peter Jensen, Jensen@PeterBo.com, 604-220-5683

Photo by Peter Jensen, Jensen@PeterBo.com, 604-220-5683

FEVER
You wouldn’t guess that the sunny and tropical maxis and minis parading down the runway at Fever hailed from London.  Well, it was the spring/summer 2010 collection after all. Fever’s assortment of dresses ranged from Hawaiian style prints in aqua blues, mellow yellow splashed with coral-lined palm trees to an ode to the glamour girls of the Mad Men era (maybe even with a little bit of Charlotte York) to the sexy Lolita.  Corset-style bodices with box pleat skirts, trapeze cut flowing numbers, empire-waisted, true-waisted, florals, jewel-toned solids, sheath boat necks, poof sleeves, appliqué, the variety was deep.  The mood was decidedly all girl, all the time. Shrugs and boleros in poppy red and royal blue were scattered throughout, just adding to the ambience of days gone by when women would dress up and put on their lipstick waiting for their hubbys to return from work.  Whatever your fancy, ruffles, gross grain ribbon, chiffon, prints or solids, no frock was left unturned.

HOT AIR
Aside from the negative connotations of the label’s name, Hot Air presented a well-edited collection of men’s jackets.  And putting some substance behind the Hot Air was a collection based around the outdoors with allusions to hunting, motor biking, sport and travel. Their black and white long cardigan was nautical bien sûr, with the large quilted khaki piece evoked visions of a duck hunt, the black waxed cotton bomber with zipper accents said Harley all the way.  

CIVIL SOCIETY
Another showing for the boys with Civil Society.  And this boy’s not afraid of colour, well at least accent colours.  The show opened with a black pea coat lined in lime green that peek-a-booed on the inside of the collar and rolled up cuffs.  A few Miami Vice style deconstructed blazers sauntered our way in white and pale grey.  Fusion was a key part of the styles presented:  boxy, flat bottom blazers gave the traditional lapelled jacket a youthful edge.  Time-honoured cardigans cut in soft jersey with epaulette accents changed up the conventional silhouette. A short belt-less trench in black, waxed cotton gave the rocker look a new angle.  Much like Fever who marched out a dress for any lass, the lads were well covered by Civil Society.