VFW Social Team takes Seattle // Seattle Sewn

This past Tuesday, our Social Team – Nancy Deol and Lexy Dien – sped off to Seattle to attend Seattle Sewn.

Seattle Sewn is a not-for-profit collaborative initiative led by Muses and Seattle Made, to re-energize the Seattle sewing industry.  There is a growing demand for locally and ethically made garments, with designers struggling to find qualified sewers and manufacturers.  As a result, Seattle Sewn is providing training to qualify individuals, but giving them a skill they are able to utilize.  They are doing so by providing apparel production training, job placement services, studio space for freelance sewers to collaborate and research, and find employment.  They are hoping to provide flexible, well-paying jobs to lay a new foundation for an industry to succeed.

Seattle Sewn has trained over 57-low income immigrants and refugees as commercial sewers coming from over 10 countries.

We feel so privileged to have been part of this event, as VFW holds diversity and inclusion as some of our highest values.  Supporting events such as these in Seattle are so important to us as we have supported multiple Seattle designers in the past.

The event was held at the Riverter – a spacious industrial space in downtown Seattle, Washington.  The event showcased multiple local apparel, backpacks, hats and jewelry lines.


Supermodel Skin on a Vancouver Budget

You won’t be able to hide under your umbrella forever! The days of long hours in the sunshine are approaching and we want to look our best, and that starts with strong healthy skin.

Here are some affordable high end gems and budget-friendly options to jumpstart your skin care routine.


Oily Skin

Oily skin can make your face feel very heavy, and may also be accompanied with some acne.

You want a cleanser strong enough to rid your skin of those bad oils, yet gentle enough that it won’t irritate your acne, or cause any to form. Try Garnier SkinActive Clean+ Shine Control Cleansing Gel ($8)

A toner will help purify and tighten your pores, preventing more oil from surfacing, and prevent dirt from getting in. Try CLINIQUE Clarifying Lotion 3 ($18)

If you suffer from acne, follow step 2 with any spot treatments or serums with acne controlling medical ingredients.


Dry Skin

If your skin ever flakes, feels tight, or looks like it could use a glass of water, this is routine is for you.

Your skin needs some love! A hydrating cleanser would be best to restore your skins moisture barrier. Try KIEHL’S Ultra Facial Cleanser ($27)

Skip the toner, the amount of alcohol in most toners will only dry out your skin even more. However, rose water may be a good alternative as it will help keep your skin hydrated. Try the Eau Roma Water Toner from LUSH  ($11)

If your skin is still parched, you could follow this step with a face oil, gel eye cream, or a hydrating sheet mask.


Normal Skin

If your skin is neither oily nor dry, and acne isn’t a consistent problem you face, you can classify your skin under this routine (lucky you!).

For normal skin, a gentle cleanser Is all you need. Since your skin seems pretty good at taking care of itself, harsh products or chemicals could interrupt this natural balance. Go for a gentle foaming cleanser, strong enough to remove dirt and makeup, yet gentle enough to keep your skins natural barrier intact. Try Fresh Soy Face Cleanser ($20)

Since your skin is naturally balanced, only use toner when you really need it. Go straight for an SPF moisturizer if you’re heading out.

If you do your skincare routine at night, follow your cleansing with any serums or creams you may have for any targeted concerns.



10 High-Fashion Hair Trends To Try This Spring/Summer 2017

1. Deliberate Negligence

Intentional messiness by Dion Lee, Zac Posen, & Sportmax

Put away your flat iron! This look seems overtly natural, but you didn’t just wake up like this. We think this style is worn best with a structured shape in order to balance out an otherwise disheveled appearance. Zac Posen used this style effectively during his Spring showcase in combination with bright colours and feminine silhouettes.

2. Throwback to the 60s & 80s

Retro hair inspiration by Anna Sui, Gucci, & Brock Collection

Go for small bangs and a bouffant this Spring/Summer with lots of volume at the roots and soft curls laid on each side. This style was frequently seen on Gucci and Topshop Unique models in the 80s! Anna Sui brought this look back in the 60s as well, with her models rocking Brigitte Bardot’s iconic beehive — perfect for an event or stylized party!

3. The Lateral/ Side Part

Michael Kors, Philosophy, & Prada Hair Side Parts

A Prada inspired side part is a way to instantly change your look with minimal effort. Parting your hair on the side is perfect for an easy style that will give your look a chic touch without taking up hours of your time —  suited to long or short hair!

4. The Middle-Part

Middle Part by Tibi, Roberto Cavalli, & David Koma

Pair a middle part with a low ponytail or bun to get the most out of this look.  Make sure to style the sides neatly for a sleek and flattering style. Roberto Cavalli’s  Spring show combined this hairstyle with patchwork dresses.

5. Natural curls

Fausto Puglisi, Brock Collection, & Marchesa Curly Hair Styles

Curls are “in” this season and we think the more the merrier! Curls are pretty and even better if they look effortless and natural. If you want to try out this trend, avoid adding too much volume at the roots and have the curls naturally come down the sides. Fausto Puglisi had his models walk down the runway with this carefree look.

6. The Wet-Hair Effect

Wet hair Effect by Givenchy, Altuzarra, & Balmain

This wet hair effect can be done on loose hair, or paired with a low ponytail. Try wearing this style with a feminine flowy dress like in Balmain’s show. Alternatively, take note from Givenchy and grunge it up with a dark suit.

7. The Low Pony/Half-Bun

Monique Lhuillier, Chanel, & Josie Natori Hairstyles

This one’s for those with a round or square face. Add a casual, cool, adds an interesting vibe to an everyday outfit! This trend looks more interesting than simply tying your loose hair or a ponytail. If you want to experiment, this Chanel inspired look is for you!

8. The Braided Bun

Creatures of Comfort, Erdem, & Kenzo Hairstyles

This trend is a low plait braided into a long bun and is well combined with both feminine and masculine outfits! Pair a delicate braided bun with your favourite blazer, t-shirt, jeans, and heels for a versatile and collected look. Kenzo and Erdem’s models epitomized this this hairstyle on the runway.

9. High-Bun 

Pamella Roland, Thakoon, & Adam Selman Hairstyles

Just like the low bun, the high bun is also “in” this upcoming season. This style is one of the most functional in everyday life – it’s easy! You’ll find this trend modelled on the runways of Thakoon and Christian Dior.

10. Baby Hair

This trend is best showcased on the runway of Christopher Kane and involves letting those wispies down! We love the way this technique decorates the face and delivers intricate detail to a minimalist makeup look.

Baby hairs backstage at Christopher Kane Spring 2017



VFW F/W17 Spotlight Sponsor: Shibue Couture Inc.

Shibue Couture Inc. was the undergarment sponsor for the Fall/Winter 17 Vancouver Fashion Show this past march.  They provided us with no-line strapless panties, seamless panties, Shibue Silicone Concealers, and shibue coverup classics. These undergarments allow you to wear whatever outfit you’d like, without having to worry about panty lines or bra straps showing.  Not sure how these products can benefit you?

We’ve outlined the skinny on why you need them below.


Shibue No-Line Strapless Panty

“Shibue Couture is the inventor and creator of the world’s first and only No-Line Strapless Panty and we have redefined the lines in fashion!

Shibue’s are held in place by a washable and re-usable soft silicone gel adhesive across the top front and top back of the panty leaving nothing but a smooth, clean silhouette on your sides. When you are not wearing your Shibue’s, a storage liner is supplied to protect the adhesive the panty.

Shibue’s are being worn in the movies, TV, red carpet and even on the runway, and now they’re available for everyday!

We didn’t cross the line… we erased it!”

Shibue Cover Up Classics 

“Shibue Cover Ups are not only cute, fun and sexy…. they’re washable and reusable too! All Shibue Cover Ups have a soft, silky silicone adhesive, with a soft center liner so there’s no adhesive on the nipple and it doesn’t hurt when removed! You’ll Love them!”

Shibue Silicone Concealers

“Shibue Concealers are soft and sleek under any outfit and they are washable and reusable too! Our concealers have a soft, silky silicone adhesive that is gentle to the breast.Our concealer itself blends with most skin tones leaving you look flawless in whatever you wear! Loved by designers and models all over the world!
*Remember: NO lotions, oils, powders and so on in the area of application! Clean dry skin only!”


*All product information taken from Shibue Couture’s website


Written by: Lexy Dien

Building a Weird Empire: The Pin Movement to Live Freak or Die

Based in Charlotte, North Carolina, Rebecca Henderson founded Weird Empire in 2015: an online boutique specializing in “weird wears” for the “uncommon customer”. In this exclusive Q&A, we asked Rebecca about the growing lapel pin trend and her self-described mission to “represent subversive weirdness” through pin culture.

Love Myself Pin       Live Freak Or Die Pin

Q:  What is “pin-culture”?

A: Much of pin culture is born from fan art: tons of pin makers I know make a living by creating new artwork and narratives from cultural touchstones and cult classics that they have a real deep abiding love for. It’s a way of being able to say “Hey I like this! Do you like this?”, and helped create a kind of social aspect behind wearing pins. That’s not really our mission at Weird Empire, but I respect the groundwork of collecting + sharing that those makers helped to form.

Q:  How did Weird Empire start and why?

A: Weird Empire started because I saw the opportunity to to infiltrate the world of wearables to help represent the subversive weirdness that I live for. There is no shortage of what I call “bland brands” floating around in the world : a lot of things that say nothing. I came up with the the Weird Empire motto “Live Freak Or Die” because it’s truly the foundation of why I am driven to create. It was also important to me to build a platform to help support artists working outside of popular aesthetics: to find my fellow freaks and bring their vision to life as well.

Q: Why do people collect pins? How do they differ from other accessories?

A: Personally, I collect pins because there are so many creatives who I want to support: I love Tuesday Bassen, Big Bud Press, Weekender Supply, and Frolick Studio. Being able to essentially collage together a number of pins allows people to tell a story about themselves without speaking. It’s basic self expression, but because of the scale becomes a little more hilariously passive aggressive: you have to let people get close enough to be able to discern exactly what is going on, and by that time some kind of interaction is bound to happen.

Unapologetic Pin
Q: What does “pin-culture” mean to you?

To me it means makers + collectors + enthusiasts who are directly supporting, celebrating, and connecting over the things that they love.

Q: Where do you get your (p)inspiration?

I am a recovering stand up comic, so some of my pins are based off of concepts I had explored unsuccessfully in that phase of life. Just a reminder: if at first you don’t succeed, hide it from your parents and try again. I also am really inspired by the friends I am lucky enough to have as contributing members of the Weird Empire: Taylor Williams, Dustin Harbin, Griffin Glaze, and Hnin Nie are just a few of the talented folks that are a delight to drink a beer and brainstorm with.

For more wonderful weirdness and products visit https://weirdempire.com/


6 Must-Watch Shows on Netflix for Every Fashionista

With the endless series options that are now on Netflix, how does one decide what to watch?  We’ve scoured every inch of Netflix, and compiled a list of six shows on Netflix for every fashionista.


If you’re looking for an inside, behind-the-scenes look into fashion then The September Issue is the one for you. Follow Anna Wintour, Grace Coddington, and many more, as they figure out everything from themes to layout for the coveted September issue of Vogue magazine.


If you’re more of a series-watcher then check out Mr. Selfridge. Mr. Selfridge a drama series about a man opening a department store ‘Selfridge & Co’, in London. The series is set from 1908 -1928. Everything from the old humour, and the drama filled lives of everyone involved with the store will keep you watching.


The Paradise is a similar series, in that it also takes place in an old-timey UK setting, 1890’s Newcastle to be exact. Denise is a young country woman, looking for work in a high-end ladies’ shop. Denise faces many challenges being surrounded by people who are so much more wealthier than her, but their may still be some room for love.


If you’re a history buff, watch Dior and I, this film goes through every little detail, from sketches, to production, all while staff narrate step-by-step, and share the history of Dior.


The First Monday in May is a chilling documentary about the Met Gala. See what the fashion industry sees, beyond just looking at the celebrities on TV. This film takes you inside the Met, showing you the many different definitions of ‘art’. The film is narrated by fashion elites, and also covers the effect of Alexander McQueen’s death on the fashion industry. “The show must go on” is an understatement in this enlightening film.


If your only tie to fashion is as a consumer then The Confessions of a Shopaholic is a classic. This movie is based on the best-selling series of novels Shopaholic written by the UK author Sophie Kinsella, so if you love the movie, maybe pick up a book!

Written By: SARAH SIDHU 

5 Instagram Worthy Cafes in Metro-Vancouver

1. Milano Espresso Lounge

Choose to sit at a wooden table, or one with a white counter (perfect for cute pics of your coffee, and flat lays with your favorite magazine). The Milano café is perfect if you don’t like to study at home. With long tables, and benches, the open layout of the Milano Lounge is the perfect place to meet up with large groups, or find a corner to have some time to yourself. The white tile stairs outside are also a cute backdrop for an #ootd.


36 Powell St

Monday-Friday: 7AM-9PM

Saturday-Sunday: 8AM-9PM

2. Beaucoup Bakery

If you drink coffee solely for the purpose to dip some cookies in it, then this is the place for you! With fresh baked pastries like croissants, peanut butter sandwich cookies and tartes, you won’t be able to decide! Beaucoup Bakery is bright and open with pops of flora throughout, perfect for some spring vibes!


2150 Fir Street (on the corner of Fir and West 6th)

Closed Mondays

Tuesday to Friday: 7AM- 5PM

Saturday & Sunday: 8AM- 5PM

3. Bellagio Café

Don’t let the name fool you, this café is more like a restaurant. Bellagio has a classic rustic feel, with its wood panelled walls covered in framed art. So, if you’re looking for a cute classy place to get some lunch with your mom, this is the perfect spot!


773 Hornby St

8AM-10PM 7 days a week

4. Revolver

Revolver coffee’s Instagram account has an aesthetic so consistent, it’s an minimalist lovers dream (great for black and white shots).


325 Cambie St

Monday-Friday: 7:30AM-6PM

Saturday: 9AM-6PM

Closed Sunday  

5. Small Victory

White marble tabletops, white chairs, white walls, white lights…you get the idea. This is the perfect place if you love blank space in your photos, plus Small Victory bakery has the yummiest sandwiches and desserts!


1088 Homer St

Summer Hours:

Monday-Friday: 7:30AM – 6:00PM

Saturday-Sunday: 8:00AM – 6:00PM

Written by: SARAH SIDHU

Small Victory photo by Sarah Sidhu 

VKFW F/W17 Spotlight Sponsor: The Cake Mama

We caught up with The Cake Mama during Vancouver Kids Fashion Week in the hopes of scoring some tasty treats.  Jzabela showcased her amazing cake decorating skills at the fashion show, as well as her vegan cookies and meringue kisses.  The meringue kisses are available through her website in flavours such as: vanilla, strawberry, white chocolate raspberry, orange cream, chocolate mint, cotton candy, bubble gum, and key lime.  Her vegan cookies sold out before we could try any, but the meringue kisses were absolutely divine.

I have been baking from home since 2006; when my first child was born. During this time I worked with a fellow hobby baker making cakes and cupcakes for special occasions for friends and family. After years of creating on and off and realizing my love for baking and designing cakes, I decided to launch The Cake Mama on my 30th birthday to celebrate a new decade of possibilities. – About, Cake Mama

You can find dessert recipes for almost everything on her website.  She bakes cakes, cupcakes, cookies, macarons, cake pops, chocolate gems, and meringue kisses on her website, https://thecakemama.ca. Looking for birthday or event planning inspiration?  You can also find a whole host of ideas for events.  She has examples such as baby showers, children’s parties, rustic floral bridal showers, and swan lake ballerina parties.

Are you interested in learning how to bake?  The Cake Mama  is hosting a beginner cake decorating workshop.   You can also check out her ‘5 Go-To Recipes for Everyday Cooking and Baking,” on her blog.  You may even pick up some tips and tricks along the way.

Written by: Lexy Dien

Encima: Simplistically Unique Styles, Clean Cuts, & Contemporary Silhouettes

From Accountant to Designer:

Accountant in the past, designer in the present, Faiz Lalani founded Encima Clothing in 2015, and this season has shown his third collection at Vancouver Fashion Week (VFWFW17). Lalani, a young designer based in Vancouver, was brought up in a family of entrepreneurs while harbouring a love for fashion from a young age: “I liked dressing up and wanted to wear something that other people didn’t have. I think that’s where the designing aspect came in,” Lalani said.

He began designing for himself after he started working in an accounting firm downtown Vancouver. His very first piece was a cowl neck sweater, which marked the start of his own brand.“I had one sample and I was wearing it during the fall and winter months and people actually started really liking it,” Lalani said. The process of making the designs is challenging and time-consuming, but Lalani said the most difficult part is getting the right samples that adhere to his vision.“You can design something that looks great, but then if you aren’t using the correct fabric, so it doesn’t drape properly or if it doesn’t sit well, you have to change up,” Lalani said.

Last season, he opened the first day of the shows at VFW with his third collection, named ‘Maddox’. A fashion blogger from Seattle, Sarah Maberry said she loved the simplicity of the collection. “It had such great tailoring and the cuts on everything were just so clean and they were really great staple pieces that really spoke for themselves,” Maberry said.

Lalani works to create styles that will be wearable for seasons to come, which means not only mixing classical and contemporary together, but picking quality materials for his pieces. “Whenever I piece together a look, I’m almost thinking not necessarily what will look good now, but what can actually hold season after season,” Lalani said.

Recognizing the clients:

The very first collection Lalani designed and showed at VFW consisted of only six styles, only tops: shirts, sweaters and jackets. He said they were edgy pieces for a young street crowd, but if he wanted to have an actual business, the concept had to change. “I recognized who my clients may be, what price point they can afford and things like that. So I shifted the designs in the second collection to make it fit more mature. I think that has carried into the third collection,” Lalani said.

As he is using local distributors and fabrics, the price of the clothes is high and he has to fit his designs to what his potential clients might want to wear, as well as hold up to the brand’s principles.“I can’t design something that maybe looks a bit less sophisticated, but I also have to stay true to what the brand is about, which is creating clothes that are a bit different and unique.”

Writing & Photography by: VIOLETTA KRYAK