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StreetScout.Me meets Jessica Jeehyun Lee & Le Monde Gris

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VFW is less than a week away! Jeremy and Sabrina are the dynamic husband and wife duo behind Vancouver-based street style blog, StreetScout.Me ( They love “Vancouver Fashion Week because it's a great way to bring fashion enthusiasts together and capture the best street style that will inspire us for seasons to come”. Sabrina is wearing a sheer pant by Jessica Jeehyun Lee and sweater and tee by Le Monde Gris.

Photo by Andrew Milligam

Eve Obayoriade meets Alex S. Yu

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Only ONE WEEK until the Fall/Winter 2015 showcase begins! We are so excited here at VFW! Up next in our blogger spotlight is Eve Obayoriade, a Personal Shopper for TOPSHOP, where she makes women look fabulous whilst making sure they feel confident. She loves Vancouver Fashion week for the opportunity to support local designers. She also says that “there’s some great talent in this city” and we couldn’t agree more! Eve is wearing a dress designed by ALEX S. YU

photo by Andrew Milligan

Patrick Mirlach meets Some Product

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With only 8 DAYS left until VFW, Patrick Mirlach is the next blogger on the countdown. He is a german fashion/commercial model & editor for Lilac and Vermilion, a brand-new international online magazine. He says that Vancouver Fashion Week is “the perfect platform to connect with brilliant creative individuals working in the local and international fashion scene”. Patrick also says that the VFW team is “constantly selecting a great mixture of women & menswear designers”. He is wearing leggings by Some Product.

photo by Andrew Milligan

Shaughnessy Keely meets Sara Armstrong

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Today marks 9 DAYS until VFW! Shaughnessy Keelyis a full-time cosmetic tattoo artist specializing in realistic hairstroke eyebrows and also, helps run Vancouver Style, an online style blog. She loves to attend VFW because “it is such a high energy, inspiring atmosphere and to see the latest creations from all of my favorite local and International designers.” Shaughnessy says she is “so honored to be able to view the shows alongside such incredible faces and icons in Vancouver fashion!” She is wearing a dress by a VFW designer, Sara Armstrong

photo by Andrew Milligan

Jessica Luxe meets Taran K. Cheema

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With only 10 DAYS remaining, Vancouver Fashion Week is just around the corner! Our next spotlight is on Jessica Luxe, a business marketing student behind the style blog Jessica Luxe, "where life is too short to wear boring clothes". She loves attending VFW "for the global approach to what's happening in the fashion world". Jessica is wearing a patchwork dress and tulle skirt designed by Taran K. Cheema.


Photo by : Andrew Milligan

Blogger Spotlight Countdown 13 Days Until VFW

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In a city finding its legs in the global stage of Fashion, the collaborations of eager young talent is a palpable one. Fostered by Vancouver’s premiere Design schools, and jettisoned out into international awareness at Vancouver Fashion Week – whose spotlights burn brighter, drawing a wider audience each year – emerging designers depend on the local community of stylists, boutique buyers and style savvy street stalkers to build a narrative around their creations and give them life.

In this spirit, and with Vancouver Fashion Week’s Autumn Winter 2015 season just around the corner, we invited fourteen of Vancouver’s style set to don the wears of some of our most exciting local Design talent: Sara Armstrong, Alex S Yu, Evan Clayton, Connally McDougall, Jessica Jeehyun Lee, Taranjit K Cheema, Le Monde Gris, Some Product, and Grandi’s Atelier. In the sprawling sunlit space of Blanche Macdonald Centre’s Atelier Campus, from whence many of Vancouver’s most anticipated Fashion offspring has sprung, bloggers, street style snappers and design scene doyennes alike gathered to incorporate last season’s coveted pieces into each of their unique style equations.

You will find all the Blogger Features on:

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Sue Randhawa meets Alex s yu.

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Sue Randhawa is a business owner, wife, mother and fashion icon. She says that “people don't realize that Vancouver is a very cosmopolitan city when it comes to fashion. We have amazing schools with amazing talent coming out every year,” and we at VFW, couldn't agree more! Sue loves Vancouver Fashion Week because it is the “perfect platform for designers to get international exposure” and show her support. She is wearing a white sculptural dress by our VFW designer, Alex S. Yu. Today marks 11 days until VFW….

Photo by Andrew Milligan

Chris Weber meets Sara Armstrong

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With 12 days left, our countdown continues! Chris Weber is a hairstylist & style blogger on He says that Vancouver Fashion Week is "the perfect platform to meet and connect with so many creative people in the fashion industry, to stay inspired and to see the newest trends from local & international designers”. He is wearing a double-layer top and pants designed by Sara Armstrong, a VFW designer. , photo: Andrew Milligan meets Vancouver Fashion Week

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Today marks 13 DAYS until Vancouver Fashion Week! Every day we will be spotlighting a Vancouver-based blogger that partook in a special photoshoot at the Blanche Macdonald Centr! 

Be sure to check out the video and stay tuned for the countdown!

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Videography: McBain Production

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Our countdown starts with Marena Skinner! She is an artist living in East Van with her own t-shirt line called Quiet Liar Clothing. She loves Vancouver Fashion Week because “It’s a time to see what local designers envision as the latest trends and to see beautiful hand crafted clothes you wish you could own!” Marena is wearing a black architectural top designed by Jessica Jeehyun Lee, a former VFW designer.


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Words by // Laila

The spotlights of 

Vancouver Fashion Week

s Emerging Designer night shone brightest (literally) on 

Niche Magazine

Sponsored Designer 


. The clean, structural silhouettes of his band of ‘Lost Youth’ melted like mercury under the lights, white neoprene studded with rainbow iridescence and skirts trimmed in glass-like plastics.

That one is actually a reflective fabric for life vests that comes in clear,” says Alex, referring to a spectacular blue-green tunic. “I went to a fabric factory in Taiwan and said, ‘OK, I really like this but do you have it in another colour?’ They had some samples of the other hues and I ended up taking the orange one which I used as a trim, a piece of pink, a piece of green. I just love how it shines under the light. It’s actually see-through; it’s a thick plastic with a reflective coating on it.

A lot of the fabrics that I use are not materials that are usually made for garments. I used a lot of netting that’s used for window panes, a lot of outdoor materials used for things like lawn chairs. I liked the concept of taking these odd materials and making them into wearable clothing. I think that,

as a young designer, it’s my time to explore, to play with different things, and experiment.

I actually have a tattoo of a triangle, the symbol of change in chemical reactions, to remind me to keep challenging myself.”

Alex has only just returned to Vancouver, here to showcase how far he has come to the city that first fostered his foray into the world of fashion. With the full support of prestige lifestyle publication Niche Magazine, Alex plodded out an army of youthful baby doll poufs atop jelly sandals, his reflections on his time spent with the scrappy, politically inclined youth of London and Paris.

I lived in East London for one and a half years; it’s a bit more down beat – some people will say ghetto – but there’s a lot of artists, fashion designers, young people there. There are loads of people performing on the street; street art, graffiti and all of that.

I went to Paris also five times in one year – all the young people in both London and Paris are really aggressive but they do it in a sort of passive way. They are resentful of their government. I wanted to take that negative, powerful, resentful mood and use that as a starting point for my collection.”

That the collection, packed with punchy hues and shimmering surfaces, was centered on such acerbic concepts may come as a surprise. Take a closer look and gritty vinyl trim, the handsewn patches of overlapping metallics on neoprene take on the the unapologetic air of torn murals, of shredded flyers on sullied street walls. Yet Alex still insists that still it remains a “very happy collection.”

My process is really dark and the textures are quite harsh, but I wanted to wrap that with a more optimistic mood. I turned to my favourite author Dr. Seuss; I have like


book by him. I flipped through all of it and was inspired by all of the shapes and colours of the characters, and the scenery in the books.

For my overall design aesthetic I always want to bring out the childish, naive side of people. I design


wear but I believe that inside every woman – no matter how old you are, how mature you are, how sexy you are – there’s always a little girl. I like all of my designs, my clothes to bring her out. Put on a dress, have some fun and forget about the pressures in life, jump around… that’s my main design aesthetic. I don’t believe that flaunting your curves and showing off your body is the only way to be sexy  – it comes from an attitude. When I was explaining this backstage before the show one of the models asked me, ‘So you want me to walk on my tippy toes?’ and I said, ‘No darling it’s just a


’ ” laughs Alex.

When asked about his segway into Fashion Design, Yu shrugs and relates that it had never really occurred to him in his youth. His aunt, who had studied Fashion Merchandising in LA would always be about reading Vogue and so he became interested in styling, but growing up in an Asian family there were “certain expectations.” He enrolled in a Computer Sciences program at SFU.

A lot of times when people were designing websites, I’d be making stuff for fashion. I started taking a part time course for fashion; there was some merchandising, some sewing...when I began the sewing class I picked it up really quickly. I learned to sew and pattern cut and I started making some of my own dresses. Once I had a bit of a portfolio I decided to apply to

Blanche Macdonald

. I applied

and then

told my parents,” he chuckles knowingly.

After a year spent with Canada’s esteemed Fashion Design program at Blanche Macdonald and a subsequent course with the London College of Fashion, Alex launched off into a spree of globe trotting that would go on to inform his future collections, visiting over twenty countries. For the fledgling designer, one urban centre stood head and shoulders above the rest.

Definitely Tokyo. I’ve been to Tokyo over ten times now. It’s a city where people aren’t afraid to dress up and the fashion there is crazy.

People can wear candies on their clothing and nobody would stare, but then you’ll turn around and see a flock of businessmen wearing full proper suits and you turn around again and there will be a group of girls wearing skin tight sailor suits, dressing up as Sailor Moon

. It’s a really crazy place but nobody really judges anyone. It’s just full of inspiration and the fashion there is insane. Tokyo is where I would go for fashion, and pretty much anything else.”

Alex might have been whisked away to this candy-coloured craze forever had it not been for a very special call from

Editor in Chief and Creative Director for NICHE magazine, Tracey Drake.

I wasn’t planning on coming back anytime soon.

I’ve volunteered with Vancouver Fashion Week before but his year it was very impressive

. The Emerging Designer sponsorship opened a lot of new doors. Not many knew who I was before here in Vancouver.”

If they didn’t then, they certainly do now. Alex has been the hot topic of the ss 2015 season, gaining extensive coverage with local publications such as The Province and sending the Vancouver style elite into fits of blog-asm. He even had star stylist and Elle Italia Correspondent

Deborah Latouche hanging out with his Lost Youth backstage before the show. All of the ado has changed his opinion about Vancouver’s ever growing fashion scene.

It is


different compared to two years ago when I was studying at Blanche. There wasn’t The Room or anything like that. The only true fashion you could find was on the internet or else in a very limited selection in store. People weren’t open to anything really new; you’d go out dressed up a little bit differently and people would be like, ‘Oh are you crazy?’ I mean just looking around at Fashion Week, I see that there is a lot more style now;

people are actually willing to wear and acknowledge emerging designers and more experimental fashion, so I think that’s a good sign.”

Alex has made fond memories of his sponsored experience back home, yet the lead up to Fashion Week was far from a nostalgic amble.

Time was really the big issue. I had gone back to Taiwan from London at the end of June to take some time off and then went to Tokyo for a mini vacation; that’s when I found out that I had received the sponsorship. Prior to that I hadn’t been doing anything with the collection; I had some ideas in mind and a few sketches but no actual garments made. I had pretty much one month to make the collection. Thank god I was in Taiwan because it’s really easy to find manufacturers for fabrics and I was able to get a lot of different textures.

There’s not really a specific method for translating a concept to a collection. I’ve done four collections so far and each time it’s quite different. Most of the time I am very visually inspired. I try to take my visual inspiration into my head and use my imagination to reorganize that into my own vision.

I feel also like I never quite grew up; I’m still a little kid inside. I love colours and textures, volume but on another side I am quite dark and so I like to use both sides of this imagination


I will sketch...sketch, sketch, sketch, sketch, find fabrics and then from there just go on and create the collection.”

Design vision, says Alex, comes from engaging with the culture that surrounds him.

I am really inspired by street art and younger, more avant-garde artists. In Vancouver we don’t have a lot of that but in London and Paris there are loads of galleries all over. I would be going to different galleries every week, finding pieces I like, trying to find out more about the artists. A lot of them are young designers working in the city. I made a lot of my friends this way, through finding a piece of art and then looking up the artists through Instagram, connecting with them to see more of their art, to be inspired by their vision and how they see the world.” 

This fresh perspective is a souvenir we’ve certainly taken delight in. All the same, Yu recognizes that as a star on the rise, he has a ways to go.

Right now my fashion is more experimental. I do believe that there are people that would wear it to go out, but not everyone. Going forward I’m looking for that middle ground between the experimental and wearable clothing, that will be accessible to more style types.”

That’s for next season, but for now Alex invites us to fete the end of a thrilling week with a one-day pop up frenzy at Vancouver’s recently re-branded collective


. We can’t wait.

I want to make my collection available to all people, not just in a tiny room for media only. It will be a one day only pop-up with my entire ss 2015 collection there. I’ve made a limited amount of tee-shirts that will be for sale. Each one will be different as I will be personally sewing the reflective patches on and there will be both men’s and women’s sizes. I’ve made three types of iPhone cases, and the bags and the hats are for sale too!”

The Alex S. Yu one day pop-up runs from 12-7pm at the Chinatown space (434 Columbia St.)//

Think and wonder, wonder and think.” - Dr. Seuss

Images courtesy of

Marshall Heritage

& VFW // Lauren Ray

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Youth is: a heart-shaped pizza, shirking two-day Levis on pit stop tarmac before a show, a pasteboard of sunbaked florals, and a condom on a plate. It is a daze of wonderful, disgusting, hilarious and disappointing moments that oft go missed in the flurries of heathen exalt.

Cue Lauren Ray, Vancouver's sassiest up-and-comer, and lens master of the seemingly mundane. Each shot snapped is an intimate and prolonged glance, a privileged perspective on something you quite frankly, would have ignored completely. She is ultimate finesse in the unpolished, a composer of everyday happenings, and without a doubt, one of my top favourite local photographers.    

Less than a week before she's set to toss open the doors on her very first group art show at SBC Restaurant, I sat down with Lauren to talk security guard swindling, mixed CD diaries, and those necessary things in life that make you feel blue.

Let’s begin with a hypothetical end; you must stop everything that you are doing now and present your work created up to this point with a retrospective show. What do you entitle it?
“I’d probably call it something really lame like "fun places I go, cute people I see" or something cheesy. Something lighthearted anyway- nothing too heavy.”

What is the purpose of your photography? Are you documenting something? What is it that you are trying to do?
“I guess I just find the world around me so dazzling; I'm fortunate that my friends, the people I encounter and my surroundings are just so beautiful and interesting to look at. I take photos out of fear of forgetting those things. That’s the biggest thing- that sometimes I don’t trust my memory to properly archive those the way that a photograph could. I hate the idea of forgetting all of those special, specific details of everyday how someone looked with a missing tooth when they were smiling, or how certain old wallpaper was peeling in a weird way."

What is your favourite film, and the camera model that you are currently toting about?
“My favourite film is called Fuji 400 Superior. It sounds fancy, but truthfully, the reason that I use it is that one of my favourite photographers and biggest influences, Martin Parr uses it. I know this jewel of information because I crept the Q&A's on his website to figure it out [she snickers]. I use lots of different types of film though, as long as it's color. As for the camera, I just got a "new" one, cause my old one finally bit the dust after I took it out in the wilderness with me for a month- RIP lil' guy. I pretty much use any second-hand film SLR with a flash- I rely on flash to make colours look nice and bright- that I can get my hands on, that is relatively cheap. This one right now is a Pentax MZ-7!”

Nice Thrasher sticker.
“Gotta keep it jazzy and personalized ya know. My poor cameras always take pretty good beatings since they get jostled around in my backpack all the time, so this sticker feels appropriate.”

What was the moment that you knew that photography was what you wanted to get into? Was there an ‘aha’ moment?
“To be honest, I started doing photography because I didn’t know what else to do with myself...does that sound pathetic? I was never very good in school and I was too much of a space-cadet to excel at my after-school minimum wage jobs, but I caught myself always looking through old photo albums of family pictures, or taking silly pictures with whatever kind of camera I had in my possession at the time, whether it was my Spice Girls Polaroid camera or a $6 disposable from the drug store. Like most people, looking at photographs created feelings for me upon viewing them, and it was as simple as hoping I could create something that might be able to do the same for somebody else. I very last-minute entered a really ghetto ten month diploma program (before I was at Emily Carr as I am now), bought a little digital SLR as I was required to and noticed, when I forgot my camera at home, how sad I felt. It was like forgetting to put on pants; I’d feel this void. This is when I decided that this was something that I was going to try my darndest to pursue. I take photos because I get really bummed if I don't, and if I miss a shot, I really feel blue. So I guess I am constantly living in an 'aha' moment, I know photography is special to me, because it is one of those things I've implemented into my daily life and could never get rid of."

I’d say that’s a good enough reason! So you grew up in Tsawwassen, and I’m wondering how that may have informed your style. Do you find that it influences your work now?
“You grow up in Tsawwassen and it’s so perfect, like this sparkling bubble of joyous magic, and everything from the outside looks pristine. There is nothing controversial about Tsawwassen from it's exterior; it's all newly weds and nearly deads, upper class type people living there. I was always a bit on the angsty side, with no good reason except this frustration that I didn't feel like I was good enough for the perfect town I lived in. Sorry to get so after-school special about it but, I started listening to a lot of 80's hardcore punk. I never lived the proper lifestyle of a punk - because, let’s face it, just because I listened to Minor Threat on the way to field hockey practice didn't make me a true punk- but the attitude and messages behind that music really resonated with me at the time. I related more to the unpolished things in life, and really appreciated what this music had to say; it was people who were bored and uninspired by this image of perfection that everybody tries to uphold.

For example, there's a ferry terminal in Tsawwassen and when I'd go there, I’d see billboards of perfect families wearing khaki outfits on a beach, showing their pearly whites, and I thought ‘Man that’s so boring, you can see that anywhere. What about the weird guy who couldn’t get on the ferry because he didn’t have money, and now he’s lost and has to camp the night at the beach? How come he doesn’t get his photo taken?’ I see images of colorful flowers and brilliant sunsets on postcards in gift shops...of course that's all pleasant, but I almost sympathize with, or want to see the other things behind all that pretty stuff that gets missed, and give them importance by photographing them.

Looking through your work, you are really quite fantastic at capturing these small mundane moments that most people would probably miss, and making them seem lovely and almost urgent. What is it that draws your attention to these details?
“I feel a lot of the time, especially with social media, Facebook and Instagram, that people are only ever going to post a photo of themselves on a good day. For the most part, many people only post a photo of themselves after a visit to the salon or whatever, when they’ve had the most perfect day and won some trophy. I don't blame them - I do it as well sometimes - but I think it's important to be vulnerable and to show the less thrilling or polished moments that we all experience. I think that those less desirable or aesthetically pleasing details of everyday life need to be brought to attention, too. They need just as much documentation as the "good" stuff that gets filtered through what we share and talk about with others. They are just as much a part of human nature as the other stuff is.”

Tsawwassen was your first home, but now you are very much ingrained in the East Van hub. Do you have a favourite East Van place, time, situation?
"Well - this is going to sound a bit strange and voyeuristic but I really like going into different people’s places, because I always find the best weird little details, like an family reunion photo on a mug or a sassy magnet poem on the fridge, or whatever. You see the personalized, little things that they decorate their environment with, and it shows a lot about what they might not present to the everyday world. Seeing another side of people, and seeing the things that they choose to surround themselves with- I find that really fascinating.

And, not too surprising of me to mention, I really like going to shows too. I love the DIY venues (like SBC) that keep popping up because it’s people who are passionate about keeping something alive. They don’t have some big daddy funding it; it’s just these people who want bands to play, who want to have art shows, or whatever else they believe is important. I think it’s really cool and noble of them to do that. It’s inspiring. These places sort of fill me with hope, if that's not too cheesy to say.”

Banging right along in good pace! Music is clearly a huge part of your work, and of your life in general. As we speak you’re about to head to a show. What does music mean to you? What is your tie to that world?
“Music has always been one of those things; it has been a huge part of my life since I was very young, as I'm sure many people can relate to. With my first allowance when I was eleven, I bought a crappy little Crosley record player from London Drugs, and I cannot tell you how much joy it brought me. I still have it. I also remember my constant need to be making mixed CDs growing up (old habits die hard). I guess I was obsessive about this in the same vein of fear that I have attached to photography- that if I didn't archive the songs I was listening to at the time in some way, I felt I was doomed, that I'd forget who I had been at that time in my life. It seemed like an important thing to remember, documenting the phases that I went through. And still I’ve kept all of those embarrassing CDs and sometimes still listen, and they bring me back better than any diary ever could. I can remember specifically how I was feeling at the time, who my crush was, why that song meant something to me, and how it formulated my attitude at the time. I’m such an unsure person most of the time, so having something like music that I can listen to and be influenced by has always been a great source of comfort for me. It’s something that I can look to and it helps me to get out of my own head. I listen to the lyrics and sort of implement them into how I feel. It takes me to a different place, like a little tropical vacation for my mind.”

That’s nice I think, having music as catalogue for where you’re at. I can see that in your podcasts; the ‘Sad and Sassy’ one comes to mind. What does it take to photograph to music scene?
“Persistence is one; I go to a lot of shows. I've always had this strong desire to see bands in the flesh after I'd listened their songs to over and over again on my headphones, or at home. It's just nice to experience music in a live setting, simply because it's a chance for two senses to enjoy it, instead of only one. I remember in high school I even used to get my mom to drive me in her purple Windstar van to the Biltmore, or some place like that to see a show with my fake ID, by myself on a school night. I can't believe it worked- how dorky and obvious is that? I'm really lucky. I can't believe they'd let me in most of the time. She'd even honk the horn in a celebratory manner when she saw I had gotten in successfully, bless her! Everyone has their little escape, and I guess one of my biggest ones is going to shows.

I’m not a very confident person by nature, but one thing that I do believe in - not to sound like I’m bragging - is my passion for music. Not saying that I'm any kind of whiz or anything, but I do spend a lot of time listening to and researching all kinds of different types of it, simply for the reason that it brings me joy. I go to record stores a lot and I’m always looking, trying to find weird old compilations and stuff like that. I guess that’s why I do have that feeling of certainty when I’m in a show situation- because I have listened to the artist, and it's not hard to show appreciation for something you are genuinely excited about. I’m not just gonna go up and say ‘Hey! Oh my god, aren't you that girl from that band? Let's snap a quick selfie together! Wait... What are you called again?’ [recited in her best wheedling bandwagon band fan voice.] Knowing who you’re shooting, and appreciating them in a sincere way helps a lot. I hope that didn't sound rude! You can appreciate a band without knowing lots of their just helps, I think.”

At last month’s Mac Demarco concert at Vogue, you literally dove on stage and managed to convince security to let you stay up there and take photos. What is one of your craziest ventures undertaken to get at a perfect shot?
“[Chuckles] Oh boy... yep. I have done some pretty outrageous things. Most recently, I was at a music festival in Southern California and I really hoped to bring my camera in, but they won’t allow you to have it unless you have a little media pass. I didn’t have one and so I thought ‘What if i just pretend that I’m media? What if I just go up and say hey, I shoot for this magazine...’ They were either going to say no and I’d do the walk of shame, or they’d say yes and I’d get to bring my camera in (the thought of leaving it behind made me quite blue). I thought ‘What the heck, I’m going to try.’ So I go to the media booth table and I say ‘My name’s Lauren Ray and I think I should be on that list right there.’ They’re looking through the list and they even double check (bless them), but of course it wasn’t there. I told them that I shot for this magazine in Vancouver (I made up the name of it) and they were like ‘Well, we don’t see you on the list, but what the hell, we believe you so go ahead.’ Luckily for me they slapped on a wristband and let me through. So kind of them! All of a sudden I’m in the backstage cool-guy territory, they’re giving me free beer, and I’m like ‘What is my life, I don’t know what’s happening right now.’ There were all of these really intimidating people that I was too scared to talk to, and here I was, this weird girl hanging out in the corner who had totally swindled her way back there. But, it was fun. It was nice because I got that opportunity to take some photos that I normally wouldn't have had.”

We’re going to talk a little bit about the show, Fun is Fun... Short and sweet, tell us a little bit about it.

“Well thank you for asking about it because I’m trying to get the word out there as much as possible. Everybody, come! That is the whole thing; I want everybody to feel welcome. I feel that art shows can sometimes be very exclusive; you have to be some sort of fancy pants and talk about the concepts behind the works of ‘ah-rt’. Sometimes I think art shows could be taken a little less seriously, that discussion can be as simple as ‘oh that picture makes me laugh, that drawing makes me feel a little sad’ or 'I really hope nobody notices I am drinking red wine out of this Dr. Pepper can.’ Ideally, I'd like it to have the similar vibe of a backyard barbeque at your crazy Uncle's house. I'm pretty thrilled, because we've been granted free reign over the music at SBC, and we’ll be playing some nice fun songs, not that stiff, minimal-ambient techno shit you hear at a lot of art-type events. Oh dear, I hope that didn't sound rude...There's also a skateboard ramp in the back that people are welcome to use, so that's exciting!"

Who are these artists?

"I'm really stoked on the people I've got to agree to do this with me. I am lucky that they've believed enough in me to say yes, so thanks guys. Many of them are old friends, which is cool because I've known some of them since before any of us even had an interest in pursuing art, so I think we're having a bit of the proud-mom feeling for one another to be doing this together. It's nice. They are all incredibly talented artists, and exceptional people who I feel very privileged to know."

What has it been like organizing your first ever group art show?

“It’s been way more chill than I expected! I haven’t had to go in and measure anything, or do anything too fancy like that. I had really nice friend design a poster for me and it looks really great! It almost looks like the cover of one of my favourite photography books, ‘Life’s a Beach’ by Martin Parr- I didn’t even tell him, it just magically happened! I guess I’m only in the beginning stages of it so maybe I’m not yet in the rapture of stress that comes with putting on an art show, but so far it’s an enjoyable experience!”

To all of the strange and wonderful people that will be coming to see the show, Fun is Fun is BYO__?
“Bring your families, your crushes, your pals, and bring your lovely selves. Just come hang out, scope some art, have some beers. Bring your skateboard if you're into that kind of thing! I think it should be a gay old time!"

If you like fun (don't kid yourselves, of course you do!) check out the Fun is Fun: A Casual Group Art Show.

Words by Laila xx

Happy Birthday Barbarella Babes

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THE HYPE WAS HIGH BUT THE HAIR WAS HIGHER. The well-fringed fan base of Mount Pleasant's favourite hair haunt, Barbarella Hair Saloon, gathered under the neon glow of the Fox Cabaret to fete 15 years of style.

A humble six chair, sunlit joint, Barbarella nonetheless boasts a roster of hard-hitting hair talent that has long held sway over the Main Street Community. (Do come here for water witch flow, a daze of slurpee hues, and the baddest bowl cuts in town.)

The presentation pulsed in rather than kicked off, with the softly percussion-ed soundscapes of emerging art band Star City, fronted by Barbarella co-owner Laure Elaine. Low chants and ebb-and-flow riffs lulled models down towards the stage, sleep-limbed and spectral, swathed in the beach baked, forties housewife in disarray-esque vintage wears of costumer Dandilion Wind Opaine, trailing garlands of disused curlers.

Aptly entitled 'Memory Lane,' the show's stunning centrepiece creations, perched atop dreamy faces (with pinched-cheeks and dolls' lips courtesy of Makeup Artist Jette Scherzer) were crafty and masterfully dishevelled, soft halos of wave and krimp gently entangled about antlers, strung in webs of fine crochet, and studded with toothsome sprigs of candy coloured florals. The show closed with an avant-garde piece, a breathtaking structure which unfurled from root to cascading branch of sherbert fringe, into a towering weeping willow. As the procession padded down the runway for one last glimpse - here a dusky lavender, here a froth of blonde - there could be no wonder left (if ever there were) as to how Barbarella has claimed its stake as our favourite salon. 


Whether you made quick with your Kevin Murphy goody bag straight after the show, or flailed into the after hours to Trevor Risk's dance party tunes, a good time was certainly had by all.

Hats off to all of the Barbarella babes for their spectacular creations this night, and over the past few years. Cheers to another fifteen of fabulous style!

Words // Laila Fox

All photos courtesy of Cory of Lindsay’s Diet // MORE HERE.

Creative Direction

Nessa Pineda

Artistic Team



Chris Weber



Make up
Jette Scherzer Team 


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With the constant bump of rap emanating out to the Main Street passersby, print packed racks and shelves stacked with nostalgic bric-a-brac, F as in Frank has long been considered a hot spot for urban vintage in Vancouver. Just a few months since the viral craze of their Fill a Bag alley sale which saw guest numbers in the thousands and a newly launched sister project, the spotlight is burning brighter than ever on F as in Frank, proving that used is certainly not old news.

We sat down with Manager Angela Tchang to talk pride in vintage, upkeep on the urban scene, and four things to get worked up about for the summer still to come!    

Short and sweet, tell us a little about F as in Frank: F as in Frank is owned by two brothers, great guys, Drew and Jesse Heifetz. This will be their fifth year. They had a shop opened up in Whistler for a couple of years and have just recently expanded to Toronto. Their dad has been in the vintage game since the early 70’s and was one of the sole vendors at Woodstock- they’ve definitely grown up knowing their vintage!
For the shop itself, we specialize a bit more in 80’s, 90’s vintage clothing, fun and relating to now. We like to lean towards the urban crowd. The website, sells all over the world, and they have a couple of store vendors in the States.

We’ve also just launched Frankie Collective which is our women’s line and have hired on Sara Gourlay to run all of the blogs for the site. It’s doing pretty well so far! It’s been open for a couple of months now.

How are you all brick and mortar FaiF-ers collaborating with Frankie? We all work together. This shop is a little more independent as it’s catered to Vancouver and the Main Street crowd, but we all participate for our Instagram and other social media feeds, as well as with our blogs and fashion shows.

How does the picking work for F as in Frank? We have designated pickers that we hire- it’s kind of a secret thing that they don’t like to talk about too much, about where we source our product - but we do wholesale, so we pay by the pound. We’re not buying off of the general public. We have people to search for these things. They have ‘rag yards’ all over the country, and even internationally. When military was really big in they sourced a bunch of stuff from Europe because we wanted all kinds of camo from Switzerland, to Germany, from anywhere you can really think of- we’ve even got Thai!

We love to find branded stuff. It’s huge. Sometimes we get really high end brands like Versace, and Jesse himself (he’s the older brother) loves his Polo- he’s all over that. You see a big difference in the time that people spent on actually producing the product back in the day. The stitching and the quality were just so on point. Now, things are more mass produced. Everything’s made in China!

We pay a lot of attention to what vintage is. We will carry the odd branded product that is a little more modern and contemporary, but we definitely take the time in learning about what actual vintage is. We try to make sure that everything in the store is at least fifteen to twenty years and older. We take pride in being vintage.

Straight up vintage is not your only trade at F as in Frank though... No, we do do our own house brands as well: SNAP and FAIF. SNAP, our women’s line, is all vintage clothing that we’ve reworked and made more modern, and the same goes for the mens counterpart FAIF. We’re taking vintage clothing and making it now.

How important is ‘now’ when you’re dealing with vintage? Is keeping current with trends a big thing for F as in Frank? It is. I think it’s definitely something that we’re growing more familiar with. Trends are changing constantly, and we definitely need to adapt to that, bringing in more product and catering to what people are wearing now.

Tell me why the 80’s and 90’s are where it’s at: The 80’s and 90’s are always going to stick around. There are different trends from these decades, like shoulder pads, that are not necessarily big right now, but they might come back in a couple of years, or they might come back next year. They’re important either way because the 80’s and 90’s had such a huge influence in colours and geometrical shapes. We know it’s not going to stick around forever. Soon it will be the early 2000’s that will be cool, but right now that’s what we think is big.

How does F as in Frank cater to culture? What ties do you have with the Vancouver scene? We work with a lot of the urban promoters and nightclubs in town, and we get reached out to to promote. We get some of the rap guys that come into Vancouver and come shop the warehouse which is really cool. We strive to help up-and-coming artists, and really the urban scene in general. It’s a dying breed in Vancouver I’m finding, but we really want to bring it back up there and get people in touch with new things.

How long have you been with the F as in Frank crew? I’m going on two years and I’ve been managing the floor since October. I love the brand, I love the people- we’re a really close knit family as there aren’t many of us working for the company. F as in Frank is constantly growing which is really rad. It’s been nice to have been there for that.

What is the all time best vintage or thrift pick that you personally have ever found? This is probably when I first starting working; I found this beautiful pair of early, maybe mid 70’s, YSL black nylon booties. The heel was rounded and pointy, and maybe ankle high- just gorgeous. They were my all time favourites!

Ears open, eyes peeled- what should we be looking forward to in the coming months from F as in Frank? We’re going to be having another alley sale (laughs)... hopefully! The one that we had last month just BLEW up. It went viral which was a bit scary for us- I mean I’ve been here for two years and last year we had three in the summer. We’d expect maybe three hundred people to come, but this one grew to the thousands. We’re planning to have another one in the next month or two if we can get things up to our customers’ expectations.

We’re also going to have a back-to-school fashion show at Fortune in September- it’s an annual thing for us and it’s always lots of fun and very playful. Look out for our booth at Squamish Fest in August too- excited for that!

Frankie Collective should be doing an official launch soon! We’ll keep you posted on that.        


Store Photos by Laila Fox
Styled Photos by Fernando Cysneiros
Clothing by F as in Frank Vintage


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Vancouver Style X Van Caissey

Erin and Talia Van Caissey just opened their first storefront in Vancouver! We couldn't be more excited for the two of them! Be sure to check out all of the new stock and their brand new retail location at 125 W Broadway. If you don't live in Vancouver, you can shop their items online at!

Here are a few items we had the pleasure of modeling as well as some photos from their Open House event! More outfit posts coming at you very soon!

125 W Broadway, Vancouver, BC


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USED House of Vintage launched their SS14 lookbook and invited us to celebrate with them at their Robson St. location! The lookbook was flawlessly put together and we are SO impressed with the workmanship of everyone involved! View the entire lookbook below!

Photos: Marshall Heritage Photography
Styling: Evan Ducharme Collection and Tannis Kirstuk
Hair: Chris Weber Hair and Nessa Pineda
Makeup: KelseyannaF Makeup Artist and Vanessa Wong
Graphic Designer: Madison Reid Graphic Design & Illustration

Caitie Campbell
Jessica Luxe
Willow Riley
Patrick Sherwood
William De Courcy
Kory Szotsak

Male models from Family Management


Aaaaaand here are some snapshots from the launch event!


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The World’s Most Exciting Modeling Contest by

We are excited to let you all in on an AMAZING new modeling contest that is open to models ALL over the globe! Fresh Faces 2014 is a contest organized by, the fastest growing network in the world for models, photographers, model agencies and industry professionals! This year they are hosting their 5th annual Fresh Faces competition offering models the opportunity to win an exclusive modeling contract with a top agency in their country! This is a huge step in the right direction for any of you Vancouver models looking to start a professional career in modeling! All you need to do in order to apply is create a profile, then collect votes to advance to the top and be seen by an expert panel of agency judges!

Head to to view more details on Fresh Faces 2014 Canada and apply now! Can't wait to see all of your Canadian faces on there! Let us know once you've applied and we will cast our votes!


More details below:

"The expert panel of and 
the collaborating agencies will analyze each model 
carefully, taking into account the amount of votes 
received, and see if they make the grade and have 
what it takes to go to the Grand Finals! 

  In addition to winning a model contract the winners 
of the contest will also get amazing international 
exposure, just like previous winner Daniel Perez, who 
went on to walk the catwalks of Armani and Prada in 
New York and Paris, or Jessica, who was chosen by 
Karl Lagerfeld for the cover of Elle France! Not to 
mention the signing of an exclusive contract with one 
of the best model agencies in the world and the 
opportunity to start a Top Model Career! 

 Just like this isn’t enough, all local winners will be 
invited to take part in an exclusive worldwide final, 
where a panel of judges will judge their model 
potential and select 2 worldwide winners (one male 
and one female model). 

The model experts are already on the run to find out 
who will be the next fashion promise!"


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"Evan Clayton is a fashion designer who strives to marry art and fashion in such a way as to create political, personal and artistic expression. A graduate from the Blanche MacDonald Fashion Design program, Evan is trained in the art of tailoring and is well versed in the fluidity of drapery." ... "Evan is a skilled designer whose talents are ready to be shown on the world stage of fashion." We had the opportunity to talk with Evan during Vancouver Fashion Week after showing his latest collection! Read on for the full interview. We can't wait to see more from this up and coming Vancouver designer!

Vancouver Style: First off, we would just like to let you know that we loved viewing your collection at VFW this year. As a designer, what are your thoughts and feelings on being involved in such a large event?

Evan Clayton: Thanks! I'm glad you enjoyed the show! I'm usually pretty numb to the experience until a couple days before the show. By then I'm a bundle of nerves haha.

VS: So I know this isn't your first run at Fashion Week; how long have you been involved in the industry for?

EC: I graduated from Blanche MacDonald in 2011 and have been involved in the industry since then, but I've only been designing Evan Clayton as a label in the past year or so.

VS: When you are in the starting stages of creating a collection, where do you draw your inspiration from?

EC: I draw inspiration from everywhere! But when I'm working on a new collection I'll immediately be drawn to one particular image and I'll know that that's the feeling I want the collection to have.

VS: Your collection is very couture, how would someone in an everyday life situation incorporate one of your pieces into their wardrobe?

EC: I was very conscious this season about doing more wearable pieces. While the collection may be styled in a very austere way, the individual pieces can be easily translated into the modern woman's closet. 

VS: I want to congratulate you on being featured on British Vogue's website and selected to show your collection during Venice Fashion Week. How surreal does it feel for you to have both these things happen to you?

EC: Both of those things happened to me within a 72 hour period, so after I found out about Vienna, Vogue UK was just the cherry on top! I honestly feel like I'm watching all these amazing things happen to someone else!

VS: Being so young and already taking the fashion industry by storm, what can we see you doing in the next five years?

EC: 'm the kind of person that doesn't know what they're doing tomorrow! If someone told me a year ago what I'd be doing today I'd have told them to seek counsel for compulsive lying. I like to think that in five years I'll still be working in the industry and showing on the runway.

VS: Vancouver has built a slight reputation for not having the best style, being in the fashion industry, do you believe that the city can rise to be one of the best known fashion metropoles?

EC: I really do believe that Vancouver has all the blocks necessary to be  a fashion powerhouse. There's an influx, especially in the last 4 or 5 years, of a really talented local design scene. Young designers like David Jack, Sara Armstrong and Evan Ducharme really are starting to pave the way for fashion in Vancouver. And with such a naturally beautiful coastal setting, and being a port city, I find it hard to believe that artisans won't like it here.

VS: Thank you so much for taking time out of your busy schedule to answer our questions. We would like to close with one more: if you could narrow down what fashion is to you in three words, what would they be?

EC: I'll make your last question super easy and only use one word. Individual.

View more of Evan's work and stay updated on current fashion events at:


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We had the pleasure of attending the amazing finale of Vancouver Fashion Week FW14!
Here's a collection of looks from the runway and some behind the scenes photos. We met so many fabulous designers and onlookers and hope to connect with many of you in the future! We can't wait for the next VFW!

Posing with one of our fashion inspirations, Sue Randhawa of The Optical Boutique.

Gorgeous contrasting prints by SOOJIN LEE.

Amazing looks in the front row!

A few of our favorite pieces from today by Evolèt.

Chris Weber and Berlin

Noe Bernacelli closed the night with this absolutely beautiful finale!
Each one of these gowns are gorgeously detailed!
What a great night!

Photos by Shaughnessy Keely