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Vancouver Kids Fashion Week S/S 19

From September 22nd-23rd Vancouver Kids Fashion Week took place at the Vancouver Art Gallery North Plaza, šxʷƛ̓ənəq Xwtl’e7énḵ Square (First Nations name) for the Spring Summer 19 season. The creative two-day event dedicated to showcasing children’s fashion on adorable mini models, once again showed support for Canadian and overseas talent, highlighting the most creative childrenswear designers. Here are the highlights of the event.

Vancouver-based luxury girls’ designer Joy & Joa opened Vancouver Kids Fashion Week with their collection of exquisite dresses. Presented by Superkids, Chinese designer, Ms. Xing Ma, showed an array of elegant, regal gowns adorned with ruffled shoulders, beaded flower bodices, metallic accents and flowing tulle that hit the runway in hushed hues of blue, pink and gold.

Blake & Riley brought playful street style to the runway as they showed us their favourite looks of the season from their local kids boutique. The one-of-a-kind South Korean pieces shown by Vancouver retail-owner Hye-Sun Baek, juxtaposed bold patterns with muted urban tones of beige and green. We were treated to oversized everything, camo print galore, red velvet, and a highlight look- a little blush pink dress with a cute bow detail.

Coco Au Lait, a Spanish and Mexican brand, presented the TULUM collection inspired by the sleepy beach town. The colour palette of Hibiscus Pink, Sea Glass Green, Sky Blue, Coral Orange, Night Black and Sunny Yellow shone through lively delicate prints of tropical animals such as fish, flamingos, parrots and jaguars. A candy striped jumpsuit, in reference to sun parasols, and ruffles reminiscent of mexican traditional wear created an eye-catching boys and girls line in soft Peruvian pima cotton.

Korean Kids brand Eeple (which means children’s laughter in Korean language) showcased a collection of colour and print in dreamy soft cottons. Inspired by old buildings, traditional objects (with their own stories), and travel, husband and wife team Eom Taejong and Kim Ahram have effortlessly mixed the simple and traditional, merging a folk style with colour. The pieces included a pale blue striped romper suit for boys and a floral printed t-shirt sleeved dress for girls, in a looser fit to facilitate play.

Off to a flying start, Amoriki’s collection of kidswear was accessorised with shiny metallic feathered wings. The Mexican brand captured the essence of fun as models fluttered down the runway barefoot with painted faces and flapping wings in pinks, silvers, golds, and blues. Coloured animal print tops were accented with headdresses and paired with tulle ballet tutus; designer Mercedes Armendáriz Vales succeeded in captivating her audience with a vibrant collection for SS19.

Vancouver based swimwear brand, Bee’s Knees Beach, transported the runway back to 1920 with their nautical themed collection. The mother-daughter duo, Chris and Sue Naggy, played with the era’s classic one-piece bathing suit by adding striped ruffles in navy, white and pink, mixing and matching sleeves with halter necks.

Next, Lil Worker Safety Gear made high-vis high fashion with their collection of practical safetywear. BC local James Flawith showcased an array of neon zip-up fleece jackets, vests, and rain macs all featuring strips of reflective silver. Made of durable material, the range was designed to keep kids safe during playtime.

Kindluv is a brand that seeks to put an end to bullying by spreading messages of love and kindness through clothing. Designed by mother-daughter team Yolanda and Megan, the collection developed through colourful slogans on statement tees in soft cottons. Kids walked the runway holding placards printed with “I am against Bullying” and “Be kind to every kind”. A standout look for girls featured a white jersey long sleeve top with ‘you matter’ emblazoned in black print on the back, paired with a white tulle ballet skirt with a waterfall hem. A collection to start a conversation.

Erwen presented by Stage One Academy closed the show with collection ‘Fluidity’ made with discarded and reused fabrics. Local students from Emily Carr and SFU have created kidswear with an ecological perspective giving discarded fabrics a second life. Hanging pieces of tulle coloured the looks, and ribbons and straps added detail. Metallic shorts, and a hoodie made of patched fabrics with raw edges created a modern and casual style.

As part of the event, performances by Stage One Academy and Feng Feng Performance & Education Academy wowed the crowd. To end the SS19 season, VKFW hosted a creative workshop in collaboration with the Vancouver Art Gallery. Children created assemblages with natural materials inspired by Haruko Okano’s artwork Intersistere (2018), part of the exhibition ‘Ayumi Goto and Peter Morin: how do you carry the land?’, on view until October 28, 2018.

The Spring Summer 19 Season was a whirlwind of creative colourful designs from a distinct range of kidswear brands.

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