Photo by Peter Jensen,, 604-220-5683Photo by Peter Jensen,, 604-

Photo by Peter Jensen,, 604-220-5683

Photo by Peter Jensen,, 604-220-5683

Final day of Vancouver Fashion Week ended with some student presentations. Here are the highlights from Sarah Runnells, Wilber Tellez, and Adrian Wu.

The evening was all about drama. To begin, Sarah Runnells used long-haired shearling elements as tiny overskirts, sleeves, or epaulettes. Mostly showing in black or white, the collection was dramatic and concise.  Pencil leg pant suits in black and deep navy with fringe band conductor shoulders and tuxedo tail skirts were more practical whereas the hot pants and leather caplet were for a more daring lady. Completely sheer mini dresses made a quick appearance along with another version cascading a tumultuous assortment of black, grey, and white organza rosettes.

Right on her heels showed Mexican-born Wilber Tellez.  Tellez’s collection was all about the sleeve. He presented a variation on the lamb of mutton sleeve from classic, to crumpled with pink brocade paneling, to one that had pointed tiers running up the side much like scales.  One of his simple black dresses had a single ruffle that began on the shoulder and draped and snaked around the body to end in a discrete bustle in the back.  Another dress featured standard circle ruffles that tiered downwards from the waist to the hem and then upwards from the waist to the bust line.  But his grande finale strapless 50s silhouette was worthy of cake topping. In soft pink with a huge crinoline and long circle tiers ending at the knee, this dress is made of sugar and spice and everything nice.

Lastly was Adrian Wu from Toronto. Wu is completely ensconced in a world where thick brocades and silks tumble and fold and drape their way into statement-making skirts.  Almost every single dress featured pile upon piles of loose folds around the hips, predominantly in mini-skirt length, topped by a simple strapless, but structured, bustier.