Vancouver Kids Fashion Week (VKFW) kicked off the weekend in style at the David Lam Hall, in downtown Vancouver, during Vancouver Fashion Week March 18th - 24th, 2019.
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 childrenswear designers on an international scale.
Vancouver-based brand Royal Luxury Baby opened Vancouver Kids Fashion Week with children’s luxury clothing designed by Keren Cloter. This season’s collection, entitled “The Sweet Garden of Wonders”, featured Alice in Wonderland-inspired pieces, complete with stuffed animals, ice cream cones, teacups and pocket watches reminiscent of the Mad Hatter’s tea party. The collection’s ribbon and flower patterns, combined with light and playful colours, evoked the joyful magic of childhood and imagination.
Following Royal Luxury Baby was Korean designer Haelim Lee of Maman Salon. Inspired by childhood fairytales, Haelim designs with the belief that ‘all the daughters of the earth are princesses and they are precious.’ Haelim’s European-styled gowns featured ruffles and ribbons, bows, and accessories. Her creations were framed by glittering shoes below and a sleek, ribbon-tied ponytail hairstyle above. Many ensembles were also topped with a twinkling crown in gold or silver. The royal collection moved through warmly coloured dresses of cotton toward shimmery velvet dresses that fell heavily with regal grace.
During the first break, the audience was treated to a Latin dance performance from a young artist of Stage One Academy.
Next- Blara Organic House by Vancouver based designer Ann An. The creator of a collection made entirely of natural, sustainable fabric, Ann An believes that we should make sustainably responsible decisions in all facets of our lives, including in fashion. Her collection of preppy, innovative designs featured original cuts and dangling details in a variety of pastel hues. Many ensembles were characterised by collared dress-shirts or soft, pillowy jackets in blue or pink. Particularly exceptional was a transparent raincoat characterised by flared sleeves.
Kindluv began its show with a video, targeted at spreading anti-bullying awareness to foster love, kindness and diversity in children. The Vancouver-based line by designer Yolanda showcased a combination of ruffles and tutus with black and white statement tops featuring positive messages, uniting youthful innocence with the importance of putting an end to bullying.
Between shows, Feng Feng Performance & Education School entertained the audience with three dance performances, including ballet and street dance styles.
La Movida Sewing & Design Studios showcased ensembles from a variety of designers of various experience levels. Inspired by local design and sustainable fashion, La Movida is a Vancouver-based fashion design school that guides students through all phases of the creative process. Featuring twelve ensembles from twelve different artists, the audience was presented with a wide variety of styles from trendy to vintage, subdued to effulgent. Particularly impressive were designs by Ella Lin and Melina Alessandra Cermeno. Ella drew us in with a preppy, overall-style checkered dress in purple and white. Melina presented an outer space evoking ensemble: a furry, luminescent yellow sweater paired with silver pants with matching yellow detail. An impressive display overall, every design was uniquely creative and aesthetically balanced.
SUNCUN from China concluded the first day of Vancouver Kids Fashion Week with a showstopping luxury children’s line. Combining traditional Taoist influences with contemporary styling, SUNCUN’s highly-detailed garments featured layered textures, flowing trains and sleeves, dragon accents and Chinese watercolour imagery that made a strong statement of fearlessness, courage, and happiness. Props such as umbrellas and swords added to the traditional aspect of SUNCUN’s pieces, reinforcing the brand’s Chinese roots.
The first day of Vancouver Kids Fashion Week was a treat for the eyes.
Visit vancouverkidsfashionweek.com for more information.
Photos by Filippo Fior / Imaxtree.com
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