The sun was shining and for my final Vancouver Fashion Week, I decided to go with timeless black. Inspired by one of my favourite designers showing that afternoon, Shravan Kumar, I brought a bit of India with me – wearing my mum’s vintage jewellery. My colour choice didn’t echo Shravan’s actual collection, which was beautifully inspired by the Tribes of India and brought with it an array of colours and prints; but what I loved about this look was the play on textures: my silk dress worn on top of leather leggings, juxtaposing femininity with hard-hitting edge.
Plunging necklines are daring, but this one provided the perfect jewellery-showcasing backdrop. As much as I tried to go full-on black, I couldn’t resist a little colour à la blue-suede platforms + red-studded belt. With Ryan back with me to watch our last day of shows, bringing his A-game in that amazing suit, it was a great end to a fabulous week.
dress, Babaton / leather leggings, Wilfred / shoes, Zara / jewellery, vintage / sunglasses, Dior / belt, Club Monaco
Photos: streetscout.me + Curran Sandher
I decided to bring a little work-wear for day 4 at Vancouver Fashion Week, teaming a timeless chambray with an office-appropriate printed pencil skirt. Casual fridays at the office allows a little more flexibility with my outfits, which means stepping away from corporate greys & bringing in a bit more colour, and creating an easy transition from day to runway.
Although I missed my front-row partner in crime, as Ryan decided to make a couple of catwalk appearances (he rocked the runway, by the way), it was so fun getting to spend the afternoon watching the shows with Sabrina and Jeremy from streetscout.me. As you can see from the first photo above, the pouring rain didn’t stop Jeremy from snagging an awesome shot – in 10 seconds, flat! Ryan quickly joined us for the last couple of shows and his off-duty model style was at it’s best: showing us all how to be masters in layering.
chambray shirt + assorted jewellery, J Crew / skirt, zara / boots, Sam Edelman / bag, Auxiliary at Aritzia / sunglasses, Dior
Photos: streetscout.me + Curran Sandher
Marcus Wainwright and David Neville’s “girl” for fall was inspired by the minimal-chic mod of the sixties combined with the idea of aviation & fighter planes in particular, with vintage flight suits having been a longtime obsession of Wainwright’s – a contrast to their Dacar racetrack inspired Spring collection.
These ideas became reality in the form of short, simple and bold looks that any trendy 20-twenty something city girl would kill to wear —> sounds a bit like someone I know?
It was impossible to miss the Chanel-esque references in the outfits (tweed jackets and quilted textures) but these had a Rag & Bone edge, something unique with oversizing the jackets and trousers – giving it all a more casual, work-wear feel. (would Coco approve? I know I do!)
The designers’ British upbringing wasn’t missed either, with menswear check prints, reconstructing the classic houndstooth in grandiose proportions and having tailored pieces in a digitised Prince of Wales wool.
What absolutely captured me most about the show (on top of everything else!) was the colour palette – it’s as if the collection was designed with my favourite colour combinations in mind: deep purples, sea-foam green, flashes of orange and the ever so prominent cobalt blue. The airplane-inspirations were also seen in the contrasted colours of dark grey, olive and black, to further emphasise the bold colour pops.
Of course the signature layering was present – although cleaner and more sophisticated compared to previous collections – this time with dark thigh-highs showing beneath the super-short hemlines of mini skirts and lust-worthy blazers and coats to top it all off.
Always one of my favourite shows of New York Fashion Week, the Rag & Bone “girl” is definitely growing up and I for one am excited to see what “woman” is about to emerge.