How To Get The Perfect Beach Waves With Redken

By follow these simple steps and using Redken Products you are guaranteed to create the perfect beach waves.

While your hair is still damp, apply a small amount of Pillow Proof Dry Express Primer and work it evenly through the hair.  Pillow Proof Dry Express Primer works as a thermal blanket, protecting your hair from heat and prevents breakage.  Ingredients Trisiloxane and isododecane allow for a short drying time, resulting in a smooth and silky finish.

Pillow Proof Dry Express Primer

Pillow Proof Dry Express Primer

Next, take a dime size amount of Mess Around 10 cream, and work it between the palms of your hands, and then scrunch your hair to keep those wavy locks.  Mess Around 10 works best for short to medium hair lengths, for a tousled texture while creating separation and leaving your hair with a natural shine.  It’s got a medium hold, so you will be able to achieve an effortless look where you can still run your fingers through your hair.

Mess Around 10

Mess Around 10

For the last step in creating the perfect beach waves, use Powder Grip 03, a mattifying hair powder, which works from the roots to add volume and texture for long-lasting updos.  This powder adds just enough volume and texture without any product buildup or clumpiness.  It’s perfect for those busy days when you need your hair to look perfect all day.  This powder also creates body and fullness, and adds extra grip for easy updos, resulting in hair that looks and feels denser.

Powder Grip 03

Powder Grip 03

Redken is the official hair sponsor for Vancouver Fashion Week’s SS18 fashion show, happening on September 18-24, 2017.  Check out www.vanfashionweek.com for more details.

Get to Know VFW Jewelry Designers Emma Glover & Trudy Wynans

Meet Emma Glover of Emma Glover Designs and Trudy Wynans of Toodlebunny, two jewelry designers who will be at this September’s Vancouver Fashion Week!

Emma Glover Design

With one-of-a-kind, handmade jewelry, Emma Glover can make any custom design you want. If you take a look at her Instagram, you can see all the beautiful and unique engagement rings, wedding rings, and other pieces of jewelry that she has crafted.

VFW: What’s one other language that you wish you could speak? Or can you speak any other language?

EG: I would love to speak Spanish more fluently. I went to school for metal smithing in the mountains of Mexico, and was able to get by…at probably a toddler level.

Emma Glover Design

Emma Glover Design

VFW: Where do you get your inspiration from?

EG: Inspiration is everywhere! Any moment in life that makes my heart flutter or brings a lump to my throat (usually in a good way) sends me on a tangent of ideas. Most often these moments happen for me in nature, where raw beauty is perfection…where being covered in sand, soaked by a wave and warmed by the sun is the best feeling ever. Today the solar eclipse moved me more than I was expecting, and I have maybe a dozen ideas inspired by today.

Emma Glover Design

Emma Glover Design

VFW: What helps you focus when creating/designing a new piece?

EG: The urgency to get the idea out of my head. Focusing on making a new design has never been an effort for me, but stopping when I’m on a roll is the worst! Especially because I almost never stop at just one idea. One design concept inevitably leads to at least one or two more, which then leads to more. My poor kids eat more takeout than I’d like to admit because I get a bit lost in my studio on a train of design ideas.

TOODLEBUNNY

Created by designer Trudy Wynans, Toodlebunny was launched in the spring of 2016 and has since then joined the ranks of talented jewelry designers in Vancouver. Her handcrafted designs feature everything from brass, gold, wood and semiprecious stones. Check out her Instagram to take a closer look at the pieces she has made.


VFW: What’s your most favourite piece that you have designed, so far? Why?

TW: There are so many favourites, but probably the most recent one is a statement piece I made fall 2016. It was one of those ones that I had a hard time selling because I loved it SO much! This piece looked fabulous on my client, so I was happy to see it go to a good home and knew she would adore it as much as I did. The piece was the Cleo Collar with hammered brass polished to a brilliant shine and a cascade of silver aura quartz points.

 

VFW: Do you remember what the first piece of jewelry you designed? What was it?

TW: I’ve been designing for just over 11 years.  I believe the first piece I created was a sterling silver ring made in a casting class I took with the Vancouver School Board.  I still have that ring and wear it on occasion.  Although my current work is more focused on one of a kind pieces using mixed media and revamping vintage elements, those first experiences in silversmithing are really what made me want to become a jewelry designer.

 

VFW: Do you own a special piece of jewelry that is important to you? Something with significant meaning?

TW: My partner and I have been together for over 20 years. We never got married but he did give me a pair of diamond stud earrings about ten years ago. I wear these everyday and I signify these as my ‘ring’ and our commitment to each other.  

 

Get an in-person look at the handmade designs of Emma Glover Designs and Trudy Wynans’ Toodlebunny at Vancouver Fashion Week!

 

Get to Know Avril Stepanov & Mouton Blanc

Get to Know Choiboko

Korean brand, Choiboko is full of beautifully designed pieces that are a great mix of colour and structure, and this September they will be showcasing their innovative work at Vancouver Fashion Week. The brand’s Fall/Winter 2017 Daegu collection has many wearable, sophisticated designs that plenty of people would want to have in their own wardrobe. Creator, and original designer, Bok Ho Choi has been in the fashion industry since graduating from design school in 1973. Now with over 40 years of experience under his belt, he is still an important part of Choiboko and the Korean fashion industry. To get to know Bok Ho Choi before viewing his pieces at the Vancouver Fashion Week, we asked him a few questions.

VFW: What is your favourite part of being a designer?

Choiboko: I like to consider the social role of fashion in a philosophical point of view, with an interest in human beings and nature. My inspirations have always come from surroundings in daily life, such as nature and social life. From my first debut work, called ‘Accusation Costume,’ in 1973, I have always tried to incorporate a message on social issues such as environmental problems, and the Daegu subway fire in 2003, in Korea.

Choiboko

Choiboko

VFW: What has been a challenge for you this year?

Choiboko: Despite my long career, and not only this year, it has always been very difficult creating new collections.

Choiboko

Choiboko

VFW: How do you stay up to date with trends?

Choiboko: Human life and nature has always been a big inspiration of my work. Trend is about human life and what they love about.

Choiboko

Choiboko

Come and see more of the creative designs of Choiboko in person at Vancouver Fashion Week on Saturday, September 23, at 8:30pm! You wouldn’t want to skip out on seeing what this international brand has to offer!

 

 

Get to Know VFW Jewelry Designers Bianca Barr & Pam Jackson

Vancouver Fashion Week got to ask a few fun questions to local jewelry designers who will be a part of our Spring/Summer 2018 season. Get to know Bianca Barr of Bianca Barr Designs and Pam Jackson of Street Cat Designs!

Bianca Barr

Designer, Bianca Barr creates artfully designed pieces that will be a perfect match for any event you’ll be attending. Each piece is handmade, so no two people will ever have the exact same piece. Check out a few more of the pieces Bianca has designed on her Instagram.

VFW: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? Why?

Bianca: Maybe somewhere Scandinavian, Copenhagen or Stockholm. I love the fashion (Acne Studios in particular), art, design and the people seem super friendly.

Bianca Barr

Bianca Barr

VFW: Is there any career that you wanted to do before you went into design?

Bianca: As a child and teenager I was very unsure of what to do as a career. The only thing I really liked was art class, so something probably art related. Or a vet, briefly, because I love animals!

 

Bianca Barr

Bianca Barr

VFW: What’s one goal that you’ve surpassed while being a designer?

Bianca: In general I’m bad at making goals. I think just the fact that I’m still making things despite stress and setbacks. A goal I had this year was to get my pieces into some more local stores and I did achieve that.

Street Cat Designs

Pam Jackson, designer and owner of Street Cat Design, creates elegant, handmade jewelry made with precious metals with unique designs, gemstones and freshwater pearls. You can also take a closer look at Pam’s designs on her Instagram.

VFW: When did you know that you wanted to go into jewelry design?

Pam: Going into to jewelry design wasn’t as much a conscious decision as it was, I think, a destiny. I began making jewelry, starting out with glass beads and cheap wire after I lost two very dear friends to cancer. Being creative with this new medium was a way to bring cheer to my grieving heart. The colorful beads and serendipitous designs soothed my soul. As I got better at my craft, I left behind the humble materials, and began using gold and silver and real gemstones, and thus grew Street Cat Designs. It amazed me how easily the tools fit in my hands, and how the designs just seemed to be a part of me, until I remembered a little hippie girl of 16 living on the streets, sitting on the sidewalk in front of a bead shop in the 1970’s, twisting wire with brightly colored wooden beads into funky earrings. I took the money the shop owner paid me for the earrings and bought food. I think Street Cat Designs was started, really, that long ago, it just took the time in between to incubate!

Street Cat Designs

Street Cat Designs

VFW: What do you think you’d be doing if you weren’t a jewelry designer?

Pam: To be honest, I’ve never really thought about it. I am so appreciative of the ability I have, to make things that people will pay money for, and love to wear. I suppose, if I give it some thought, I might have been a landscape designer, or a lawyer!

Street Cat Designs

Street Cat Designs

VFW: Did you have a favorite subject in school?

Pam: I didn’t have a favorite subject, as much as I had favorite teachers, who make the subjects so incredibly interesting, that you just couldn’t help but love what you were being taught. Shout out to Mrs Manders for geometry, Mr Jones for French and Mr Sawyer for English.

Come to Vancouver Fashion Week to get a closer look at the jewelry of Bianca Barr Designs and Street Cat Design!

 

Get to Know Free & Mezis

Launched in 1991, Korean-based designer Free & Mezis has two lines available to the public. Their Free Balance women’s line was launched in 1991 and they followed up with Mezis, a career-focused women’s line, in 2005. Free Balance was named to represent “an escape from chaos and uncertainty,” while Mezis represents following your desires and leading a fashionable life. Part of the label’s philosophy is that “we cannot keep ahead of other people when we do things like they do.” All their designs are well thought out and perfect for everyday life, so you don’t want to miss seeing Free & Mezis at Vancouver Fashion Week this September. 

VFW: What are your favourite fabrics to work with?

F&M: I prefer brand exclusive and distinctive fabrics, including basic fabrics featuring DTP, embroidery, and more quality.

Free & Mezis

Free & Mezis

VFW: What has been a challenge for you this year?

F&M: I have had many things being done simultaneously, including fashion shows, exhibitions, and research and development. So I was very busy, but I enjoyed it.

Free & Mezis

Free & Mezis

VFW: What is your favourite dinner meal?

F&M: Fresh salad and pizza full of cheese.

Free & Mezis

Free & Mezis

A brand made for the everyday woman, Free & Mezis has a variety of designs that all women can appreciate. Be sure to check out their showcase on Saturday, September 23.

Staying Active in Style

It can be hard to find time to fit in the gym on a busy schedule, let alone find the motivation to endure a long workout after a hard day of work, school, or procrastination. But, with every plank, you become one step closer to your fitness goal, so why not show off all of your progress and confidence to your fellow gym mates by sporting some new stylish gear? Working out is a feel-good stress reliever that causes the release of endorphins and essentially makes you happier. Let that inner happiness and beauty shine through with a bright pair of kicks and a killer workout outfit to match.

Lurv Sportswear

Lurv Sportswear

The top and bottom combo is the centrepiece to your workout outfit, and the colours and patterns you choose affect the accessories you pair with it. A key factor to keep in mind when choosing an outfit is comfort, since the last thing you want to be doing during a workout is adjusting your outfit when you could be using that energy to work up a sweat. Try to layer up and wear light breathable fabrics or stretchy moisture wicking material.

Victoria Sport

Victoria Sport

What’s underneath is just as important as what’s on top! For women, running around and jumping up and down aren’t the most comfortable of activities without the support of a trusty friend. Sport bra’s are key to a women’s workout, but that doesn’t mean you have to stick to the ones that don’t have a cute pattern or come with an uncomfortable underwire. There are adorable options out there for everyone that have incredible support, maximize your comfort, and give you a range of motion you never thought you had!

Nike Women

Nike Women

Bold, bright, plain, or patterned, running shoes are an accent piece to any workout ensemble. While some might shy away from loud patterned tights, or bright coloured shirts, it’s easier to pair a bold shoe with a muted outfit. Whether you want to kick some butt in eye-catching apparel or in something more subtle, a good pair of sneakers provides comfort, protection, and style.

Beats By Dre

Beats By Dre

Music, in my opinion, is the most important component to a workout! The tracks set the tone, whether you are running to some upbeat cardio or lifting weights, the right (or wrong) song will affect your overall performance. With that being said, headphones are not only essential for music but they are a great fashion statement as well! Bold colours will instantly brighten up a monochrome look and turn your outfit from drab to fab.   

Tip: If headphone cord tends to get in the way of your workout, look into a wireless option!

Swell Bottle

Swell Bottle

Don’t forget to stay hydrated! Get the most out of your workout by drinking plenty of H2O before, during, and after a workout, as well as consistently throughout the day. While trips to the water fountain can be a nice little break in between sets and a nice way to scope out your surroundings, it’s a lot more convenient to have water on hand. But, who says we have to sport a wrinkled up plastic water bottle? Not only is that option less healthy and not environmentally friendly, it’s not stylish either! Opt for a stainless steel bottle instead with a trendy design to add to your style points.

On the days when you’re feeling down and the last thing on your mind is a long gruelling workout session at the gym, a stylish outfit just might be the solution. Bust out those leggings you’ve been dying to try on, crank up the tunes, and get running. You’ll feel a lot better about it once you’re done!

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Get to Know VFW Designers Inae Sung & Andre Kao

Here’s another round of Q&As with two more designers that will be showcasing at our Spring/Summer 2018 event!

Inae Sung

Inae Sung, creator behind the brand OLOH, uses a creative mix of colours, textures and styles to enhance every piece in her line. Being a recent graduate from a London college with a Bachelor in Fashion Design and Technology, we can’t wait to see what this womenswear designer brings to our runway.

VFW: What colours are you drawn to work with more than others?

Inae: At this time, BLUE.

Oloh Inae

Oloh Inae

VFW: Thoughts on ruffles?

Inae: I’ve found that the ruffle of this season is the starting point of the neutral item. At this moment, I have been thinking that the ruffle is the best example of a feminine atmosphere. But, I think everybody has a feminine side and a masculine side at the same time. When I mix materials or ideas that are active and sometimes masculine, a romantic and loving atmosphere is also created.

Oloh Inae

Oloh Inae

 

VFW: How do you handle your stress?

Inae: I like to have time be completely alone, to separate myself, so I see my stresses behind me. For example, I will have a bath on a day that is not well solved. I separate myself from the space, leave tired moods and worries in front of the bathroom door and try not to think of them. I focus on feeling the temperature, the incense and the quietness. After that, when I go out again, my tired mood disappears and it’s like my first thoughts were not such a big issue. Sometimes, I am able to find a solution with different view. This is how I adjust to the stress I have in a simple and short time every day.

Andre Kao

Striking patterns and structures are only part of what makes up Andre Kao’s label. With designs that are uniquely their own, this Taiwanese label will appeal to everyone.

VFW: What is something that you need everyday?

Andre: Inspiration.

Andre Kao

Andre Kao

VFW: What is the hardest part of being a designer?
Andre: The most difficult thing to do in designing is the process of realization.

Andre Kao

Andre Kao

VFW: What led you to pursue a career in fashion?

Andre: The true, the good and the beautiful.

 

Don’t miss seeing the beautiful designs of Inae Sung on September 21st and Andre Kao on September 22nd!

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Get to Know Anna Francesca

Artist, visionary, rebel with a cause, wants to change the world through her brand “ANNA FRANCESCA – Fashion Revolution”. Believing in the power of imagination and following her urge to create, Anna is always looking for a new challenge or a way to express herself. From painting to film, sculpture to fashion, she’s been involved with the arts from a very young age teaching herself to sew at the age of 7. She’s been in multiple fashion weeks in Panama and New York and has been invited twice to the Dominican Republic as an international designer. Her motto in life is “Me sabe a CAKE” (I don’t give a damn), which she made into a huge campaign last year for fashion week recruiting #AFrebels to join her #AFrevolution.

Anna Francesca

Anna Francesca

VFW: What is your favourite trend of this season?

AF: I don’t really believe in trends. I believe in an idea or a feeling and I follow it through. I do love texture though.

Anna Francesca

Anna Francesca

VFW: What is the toughest part of being a designer?

AF: It’s not really tough, it’s more of an adventure. An artistic journey. Maybe it’s tough if you limit yourself and follow a trend.

Anna Francesca

Anna Francesca

VFW: What is one thing that you couldn’t survive a day without?

AF: Creating!

Anna Francesca

Anna Francesca

Anna Francesca will showcase her collection at Vancouver Fashion Week this SS2018 season, on September 21st, 2017 at 8:45pm.  Don’t miss out on this event, and join us in meeting the talent behind the beautifully designed pieces.