Monique’s Vancouver Fashion Week Experience

*Model and friend of the magazine Monique Kerns checked out Vancouver Fashion Week for us

One of the first things you notice when logging into the Vancouver Fashion Week Website is the list of sponsors, the second thing you notice is that it is super social media savvy.  Vancouver Fashion Week, like many of the artists it represents, is very cutting edge. Trendy, artsy, and cool seems to be the underlining connection between each of the shows.

As for the venues itself ; a couple of make shift bars, and plastic seats in a building that has basketball nets on the ceilings doesn’t take away from the excitement the designers are feeling, or the pride the models have to walk for them.

If I were to pick one artist to focus on, one artist that seemed to encompass all that Vancouver Fashion Week is it would be Kristen Ley.  As a Fashion graduate she understands structure and blending textures. I assume she named her collection “The Unbearable Lightness of Being” after the the novel by Milan Kundera. I have high expectations for this young designer, and hope to see her on more runways.

As for the models, a young and uprising runway star is Vancouver’s own Ripley Freedom (or @ripple.chip if you IG) walking almost every night of the fashion week, she represents what people can expect from Canadian talent in this modern fashion world, and I expect to see her on the major runways around the world soon.

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Nadia Elkharadly

Nadia Elkharadly

Nadia Elkharadly is a Toronto based writer with a serious addiction to music. Corporate drone by day, renegade rocker by night, writing is her creative outlet. Nadia has written for the Examiner (.com) on live music in Toronto and Indie Music in Canada, and was a weekly columnist for Don't Believe a Word I Say. She has never been in a band but plays an awesome air guitar and also the tambourine. Nadia is the co-founder, Managing Editor and resident Music lover (and editor) for Addicted.
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