Lauded as one of the world's most livable cities — with the Pacific Ocean on three sides and a mountain range shadowing it on the fourth — Vancouver's residents celebrate its natural wonders with an eco-centric spirit all their own.
"As a major cosmopolitan city on the Pacific Rim, Vancouver is at the center of international trade and tourism with a thriving port, the largest in Canada," explained Gary Balaski, general manager of Vancouver's Holt Renfrew, the prime luxury retailer in the region. "The [run-up to the] 2010 Olympics have encouraged unprecedented investment and growth in infrastructure, residential and business development, including the retail sector."
"We find Vancouver to be a city with a variety of international and local designers available to shoppers," said Dace Moore, designer for Vancouver-based dace. "The boutiques here are fantastic. The shopping is amazing. This is something we realize more and more coming home [after being] away from the city."
The past five years brought a convergence of fashion, film, music and art in Vancouver, or "Hollywood North" as it is dubbed, due to the influx of movie projects. That elevated the communal fashion sense from layered fleecewear with anorak raincoats to updated styling, with shoppers now sporting smart denim pants, trendy T-shirts and one-of-a-kind jackets.
The increased style awareness also accompanied the city's fervor for earthwise concerns and heightened demand for green-designed lines. This eco-desire, as well as the eight area design schools, provided a foundation for a vibrant crop of hometown independent designers.
"Given the geographic location, there are strong connections to Asia, a cultural diversity and beautiful natural surroundings," explained Debra Walker, executive director of British Columbia Fashion Week, next scheduled Sept. 22-26, and featuring shows by local talent. "Our designers are not afraid to try different things with design and fabric. We are a new city, testing standards as a teenager would, and creating new traditions."
@tradesy is turning the concept of a showroom upside down with its new space in Santa Monica. Here, the company plans to hold events, art exhibits and a showcase rare fashion pieces like this Louis Vuitton boxing set. Get all the details on Tradesy’s first showroom on WWD.com. #wwdnews
Spotted last night at the @erdem x @hm launch event: Kate Bosworth, Rashida Jones, Kirsten Dunst and Selma Blair. The party, which took place in LA, also marked the opening of their pop-up shop. “I was interested in creating a collection that wasn’t in any way disposable. It was about pieces you’d create and keep forever, things that have a permanence to it,” designer Erdem Moralioglu said. #wwdeye (📷: Katie Jones)
Renee Zellweger in yellow in 2001 and again in 2017. Chosen as one of the 12 @pantone Leading Spring Colors (and dubbed “Meadowlark”), it only makes sense that the bright hue stands the test of time and is making a resurgence this season, seen already on stars like @blakelively and @gigihadid. (📷: Donato Sardello & @rexfeatures) #wwdfashion #tbt
Dior’s 70th anniversary celebration continues with a new exhibition at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. “Christian Dior,” which is scheduled to run through March 18, takes a look at the founders tenure from 1947 to 1057 and feature 40 designs. Pictured here is an evening gown from the Ailée, fall 1948-49 haute couture collection. #wwdfashion (📷: Brian Boyle)
As one of the most recognizable models in the world, Christy Turlington Burns has an insider’s view of the fashion industry and the allegations of sexual harassment swirling around it. “I can say that harassment and mistreatment have always been widely known and tolerated in the industry. The industry is surrounded by predators who thrive on the constant rejection and loneliness so many of us have experiences at some point in our careers,” Turlington told WWD, along with her suggestions for how the modeling world should protect younger women and men. Read more on WWD.com. Link in bio. (📷: Tony Palmieri) #wwdnews
@asics America has tapped a new brand ambassador: famed DJ/record producer @steveaoki. This initiative is intended to set the tone for the new brand identity and philosophy and will include partnerships with influencers and in-store and off-line activations that will continue into next year. This is Asics’ most significant marketing effort in two decades, and is expected to attract younger consumers to the brand. #wwdfashion
24-year-old Jean Prounis is redefining the rules of jewelry. Formerly a studio assistant to Jemima Kirke and a design apprentice at Ghuran, she focuses on handcrafted subtleties and ancient goldsmithing techniques. “There was a really sterile feel in the environment and I wanted to have jewelry with character that shapes how you wear it everyday,” Prounis said. Each piece is hand made in New York, either by Prounis or three other jewelers in the district. #wwdfashion
“These collections continue to build on that vision, empowering differently abled adults to express themselves through fashion,” said @tommyhilfiger of his line of adaptive apparel, which launches today. The line consists of 37 men’s and 34 women’s styles based upon the pieces from the spring Tommy Hilfiger sportswear collection. #wwdnews