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VANCOUVER FASHION WEEK F/W'23 DAY 5 Highlights Eight Emerging Designs and the Nancy Mak Award Announcement

APRIL 17, 2022, VANCOUVER, BC - Vancouver Fashion Week (VFW) F/W '23 ended last night, highlighting eight talented designers. As always, VFW is a global platform for both local Vancouver and international designers.

Before the show, Eduardo Ramos was honored with the Nancy Mak Award.

Created in 2014 in honor of the late Nancy Mak by Vancouver Fashion Week’s founder Jamal Abdourahman, the award represents Nancy Mak’s benevolent spirit.

To continue Nancy’s legacy of creative inspiration and building through connection, the annual grant commits to invest in promising new fashion design talent, providing opportunities to showcase their collections and make vital contacts in major fashion markets worldwide, including New York, London, Milan Paris, and Tokyo.

Opening the final day of VFW SS23, ALEX S. YU creates womenswear collections that explore the fine line between reality and fantasy. His aesthetics rollick the happy emotions of childhood, nostalgia, and wanderlust; and ponder the very definition of femininity in a modern, quirky way through garments.

His line is sold at his bi-annual pop-up shops and various stockists worldwide in cities such as New York, London, Vancouver, Taipei, and Miami. ALEX S. YU is made with dreams and love.

Konoma Clothing Studio launched its collection at Vancouver Fashion Week for the F/W ’23 season.

Konoma Clothing Production is based in Kyoto. Shunsuke Konoma produces all the products of Kima clothing production.

The collection “Living” is also the philosophy of Konoma clothing production. The materials, details, and sizes are customized.

Marzio is a cutting-edge luxury Streetwear brand at the forefront of the fashion world’s embrace of the technological revolution of our time. Our vision was conceived last summer, and since then, we have been rapidly gaining recognition as a startup that is changing the game.

EMILY MEEL is new in fashion, not even commercially available, and making her international debut in Vancouver. Emily is establishing her brand while finishing her final year in fashion school.

TO SEE OR NOT TO SEE was inspired by Emily's traumatic experience as a child. When she was eleven years old, her eyes started hurting. It got so bad she turned blind for a few days. This made her reflect on what it was like to see, a sense many of us take for granted. Her collection features colors that, according to painter Edgar Degas, are the longest distinguishable when turning blind. These colors were fashionable during the eighties, so Emily combined the styles from that era with Victorian draperies. A planned trip to London got canceled because of her disease.

The LUKASHYK brand creates beautiful event dresses. Founded in 2014, the brand released its first author's collection of evening dresses in St. Vinnitsa.

In 2015, the brand presented a new collection at the International Fashion Week Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Kiev. The brand has been an official partner of the National beauty contest MISS UKRAINE since 2015.

LOTTE VAN STIJN is an upcoming brand with a unique view on modern femininity; voluminous dresses and handmade prints are combined with the influence of sportswear to ensure that the pieces are always comfortable to wear and will stand out wherever they will be worn.

L’unité dans la féminité’ is a collection about a new kind of power dressing: clothes designed to take up space in a masculine world and to make you feel powerful. It displays femininity and feminine dressing as something powerful and equal to masculinity. Lotte's version of power dressing was created by mixing voluminous dresses, elements of sportswear, and power suits. ‘L’unité dans la féminité’ reminds you to embrace your inner femininity and showcase this to the whole world.

Eduardo Ramos presented his captivating new collection.

Initia Nova focuses on the journey of rebirth. Using the phoenix as an inspiration, the collection goes through the colour palette of the cycle of the mythical creature. Gray and subdued tones emulating the ashes will hit the runway since we all start from dust. Followed by intense orange and red fabrics. Humans go through this process by burning our past; letting go allows us to be reborn, changing our energy, and attracting bigger and better things.

BLUETAMBURIN is one of the first Korean brands in the fashion industry to be invited to all four major fashion weeks. The brand's philosophy is to “Support beauty in mind, reveal the beauty to the world,” as they aim to make a social impact on the fashion industry daily. Blue Tamburin presents a collection incorporating personal uniqueness, self-expression, freedom, and boldness that harmonize with social formality.


Fall Winter 2023 Vancouver Fashion Week is sponsored by Jaguar @jaguarcanada, Kronenbourg 1664 Blanc @1664canada and Pokerhub

Makeup by Louise Kim, Sandy Na, Michelle Demissie using BULLY BLOCKER @bullyblockerlife @bullyblockerpro @louise_kim @sandytingtingna @eyesforzion

Hair by Reetu and Meera using Redken @redken @blushedbeautybar_ @meeradevi_mdhair

About Vancouver Fashion Week (VFW)

Fashion Week has been dedicated to cultivating the success of established and award-winning emerging designers with its global perspective and highly multicultural approach. Championing diversity as its greatest strength, Vancouver Fashion Week has become the second-largest fashion week in North America; and is one of the fastest-growing fashion weeks in the world. The team at VFW continues to provide its designers with a platform for their craft and ongoing opportunities for commerce and success.

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