Vancouver designers made an appearance tonight with Lav & Kush taking the lead as the night’s first show. Known about town for the eco-friendly, sustainable angle, Lav & Kush put together a collection of organic cottons, cruelty-free merino wools, and Canadian made silks and bamboo blends. Given the popularity of luxury sweats, this collection is poised to take advantage. Catching our eye was the caplet-collar belted jacket paired with black leggings, the ultra sheer tops in taupe and black, and the silk water colour floral printed blouses and skirts. Hits of dusty lilac and muted blue warmed up a conservative collection of greys and blacks but overall Lav & Kush put on a show for the ladies, ladies who like their pencil skirts and palazzo pants in cozy fabrics.
Next up Red Jade. Margarita Angelatos started off strong with so far the best music of the week. The Pixies “Here Comes Your Man” set the backdrop for Angelatos’ first grouping (and strongest). Her light grey wool pieces were sophisticated and wearable. The pencil leg, low-riding, pleat-front pants were a stand out and easily pair with any of the wafer thin cotton and wool tops presented. (We’d love to see said pants with her one-pouf shoulder, grey wool tops.) The palette was simple but the parachute hem on the bottom of dresses and skirts, the bijoux skirts, and the full a-line dresses and skirts ending in strong points were a nice play on volume and proportions. What was pleasantly unexpected was the reserved sexiness of many of the pieces. Perhaps it was the body hugging softness of the fabrics or the sexy tight-sleeved arms and revealing boat necks, whichever, whatever, it made for a whole new kind of sultry.
Juan Eva was the international rep for the evening. Designed by Chinese-born Eva Chen, Juan Eva’s fall/winter collection was firmly rooted in the 40s but not necessarily caught in the past. Faux fur sleeves, bold fuchsia dresses, laser thin leather tops, gold zipper and tiny grommets gave the classic and powerful 40s silhouette a taste of the tough girl trend that has permeated the past few seasons. Camel, winter white, fuchsia, and shimmery blacks were the crux of a collection of coats steeped in lace accents and intricate pleating. The waist reigned supreme with pencil tight silhouettes accented by peplum overskirts in contrasting colors or fabrics. The vibe was emphatically luxe, fabrics of course played a part, but any gal with a peplum and gloves definitely knows the meaning of pampered.