A collaboration of 28 diverse collections hit the runway for B.C.’s biggest student fashion show. It was a busy two days for Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) fashion students, but a rewarding day nonetheless. The 28 fashion and tech grads from the Wilson School of Design showcased their collections at trendy Imperial Vancouver on April 5 and 6.
Here are some of the highlights:
Michelle Beaulieu’s collection, Miechie, was sleek slick style with zipper slit details on skirts in water wicking technical fabrics and entirely reflective bomber jackets. Commuting to work in the rain no longer means dressing down to stay visible, warm, and dry.
Speaking of elevating fashion, the combination of traditional smocking and manipulation techniques drove the collection, plier (pronounced plee-AY), created by Wincy Chan. The gorgeous detailing is ideal for the influential woman who values elegance and timeless styles.
I watched in awe of the models on the KPU runway displaying four years of hard work on their bodies. Four years of stress, tears, hysterical laughs and most likely poked fingers from sewing machines (ouch!).
Each collection has its own persona much like those who designed them. Ruby Tsai drafted and sewed up her fashion line, Fang Yuan and catered it towards men. Fang Yuan is inspired by Asian culture with the incorporation of intricate Chinese detailing.
“I chose to study in Canada after I finished my high school education in Taiwan. I’ve now been here for seven years,” said Tsai. “I have realized that even though I love Canada, I still have a strong connection to my culture.”
Nothing is more exciting than combining two cultures to create something beautiful.
Rani Pickering, a female bodybuilder (how cool is that?) weight lifts her designs to accommodate a well-built physique. Her line, Well Built, allowed muscled men to wear casual clothing, and boy, did they look good!
West meets East in Maya Grigoruk’s collection, Meridian. This fashion line is intended for female millennial travelers who want multi-purpose pieces that are lightweight and packable while also wanting to be styled in culturally appropriate clothing for that next foreign destination.
“At the root of my brand, I am most inspired by my parents, friends, and peers that travel,” said Grigoruk. “These adventurous individuals are not afraid to travel to exotic places and always come back with inspiring stories to tell.”
Is anyone else dreaming of visiting a beautiful hot destination? Because I am. Grigoruk designed a gorgeous convertible hijab, perfect for globetrotters to be respectful yet fashionable. The best of both (fashion) worlds!
From chic street ready skirts for those rainy Vancouver days to convertible hijabs for hot Middle Eastern travel destinations. KPU fashion grads, now I have seen it all.