I was very excited to be invited to the first ever Vancouver Men's Fashion Week by my good friend Jorge Ramos. Both Jorge and his colleague Jun Ramos have worked in the fashion industry for some years now and their vision was to promote Vancouver's own designers via a fashion week focusing exclusively on men's design. Through Jun's company Ramos & Fortier, Jorge and Jun's team decided to build a fashion week from the ground up by recruiting volunteers, local and worldwide designers, models, photographers, bloggers and other fashion industry professionals. The fashion week not only helped to spotlight designers but it also acted as an opportunity for fashion students and professionals to get some real-life experience in the field.
Vancouver Men's Fashion Week - commonly known as VMFW - consisted of conferences and a fashion show at a Gastown nightclub called The PostModern. I will focus on the latter on this article. Here are some pictures of us at the event:
The event started at 5:30pm with a meet and greet with the models and designers. At 7pm the club was absolutely packed and you could definitely sense people's anticipation to see the event. The PostModern has three levels and the runway was on the ground floor. My only criticism about the event was the location - due to the really high number of guests it would have been more comfortable for everyone to have a runway that extended over a longer space in order to provide more seating along the runway. The runway that was used was quite wide but very short - this forced guests to cram together in a very limited space in order to be able to enjoy the show. At the same time, I am aware of the fact that this is the first men's fashion show of this caliber to be held in Vancouver and therefore I am certain that next year's location will be more fitting.
The runway show started promptly at 7pm with a few words from Jun Ramos (who seemed very proud of his team and the overall show). The music was very upbeat and it therefore helped to keep everyone in a cheery mood for the entire evening. Here is a list of the designers who showed their work last night:
Now let's talk a bit about the fashion trends I noticed at the show. Men's overall fashion seems to be moving towards a more classic look with retro-inspired tops, bottoms, accessories, and hairstyles. Oversized luggage-style bags were still very much present on the runway. Shirts with very deep V-necks will still be worn this fall. Suit jackets with patterns paired with a more neutral pant were also quite common across the various collections. Designers also seemed to make use of a few different metallic fabrics for their designs - whether this trend will cross over to the mainstream fashion is yet to be determined. The long slouchy sweaters that were so popular for women last winter are making a come back this year but now for men. Scarves and vests were also seen across various collections. Industrial boots with skinny jeans should most definitely be part of your look this fall/winter.
One of my favorite collections was from local British Columbia designer Frederick Fung. Frederick was able to showcase different fashion styles that I think could be quite popular this year. Here's a video for you to enjoy:
Overall, I am very proud of Jorge and Jun for bringing this kind of event to Vancouver. We are an extremely multicultural city that has a lot to offer when it comes to fashion and design. I am definitely looking forward to next year's event as I just read on Jorge's twitter timeline that he has already started planning it! (not even 12 hours after this year's event ended).
The one on the left represents strength and protection - that's why she carries a stick and has lost one of her eyes. The middle one represents abundance and prosperity - that's why she has a triple chin: the first chin is for health, the second chin is for wealth, and the third chin is for love. The troll on the right (my personal fave) represents fertility - that's why she has big hips and luscious hair.
I must say that I have never had as much fun during gay pride events as I did this year. It all started on Friday night with an awesome street party on Davie - a Vancouver street known for supporting gay people and businesses.
On Saturday I headed to the closing ceremony for the Vancouver Out Games headlined by Dragonette and the one and only Ace Of Base. I still cannot believe I got to watch AOB perform live in concert! And not only that... my friend and I were lucky enough to be able to stand right in front of the stage. A dream come true for me. Both Dragonette and AOB were AMAZING live.
Today the fun continued with the now classic Pride Parade in Vancouver's West End. There were lots of cool people around and festivities going on all day long. Overall, I couldn't have asked for a better weekend. This was truly an unforgettable one!
About a month ago my husband's grandmother passed away very suddenly and whether I like to admit it or not, her death changed how I view life in a few ways. Grandma Del was the most vibrant and energetic eighty year old one could ever met. She worked out regularly, dressed to the nines, and could even be reached via e-mail - needless to say I would have never expected for her to leave us so quickly.
Last night, my mother was admitted to the emergency ward as her right arm kept hurting terribly - with Grandma's passing being so recent the only thing on my mind was a heart attack... Thank God, after many hours at the hospital she was told it was not heart-related and that it was due to some sort of inflammation.
Both of these life events have made me realize that we must cherish those we love on a daily basis and that even though things may seem perfectly fine today, nobody knows what tomorrow may bring. Also, by having been more analytic of my own life and the life of those around me, I have recently started to think about the importance and implications of having a child. For that reason, my husband and I have been discussing the different options for having a baby - adoption or insemination. I am turning thirty this year and the desire to teach someone else all I have learned from life has become more imminent than when I was younger.
While going through my twitter timeline I came across faceresearch.org, a website in which anyone can digitally manipulate human faces. There is a demo on that website that allows you to see what the baby of any two chosen people would look like - a great concept for gay couples who may never otherwise be able to see what their own baby would look like. I encourage you to try it. Here's ours:
Now... Did I say gay couples may never be able to have their own child earlier on this post? Well... think again! This article explores the possibility that same-sex couples could bear children using entirely their own DNA in the not so distant future! Having read that I am even more excited than ever before to have a child with my husband.
However, even though science progresses quickly... it is always a good idea to have a plan B in place. For that reason, Cassidy and I have also discussed the possibility of adopting a child or perhaps using one of his sister's eggs in order to have as much DNA of our two families as possible.
Right now we are still young and we don't know what life may bring in the next few years but if nothing else we have the right car in place! I recently traded in our 2007 Pontiac Wave (a.k.a. "Chupa-Chup") for a brand new fully-loaded Nissan Rogue. For as long as I can remember I have wanted to drive an SUV or cross-over. I set a goal in my mind years ago to get one and I can happily say that now more than ever it feels like I am really accomplished and that our life is fully on track.