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“The Bee’s Knee’s Fashion Show” Review

“Calling all Daddies and Dames! Escape into the dark side of the 1920’s at the Speakeasy Fashion Show Party..” And boy oh boy did they deliver!

Mar BCITMA board member

A super last minute invite from a fashionisto, and we made our way to Granville’s Republic Club.  By 9pm the joint was packed, atmosphere hyped up and the crowd buzzing with anticipation.

To my surprise, the crowd was a  mix  of BCIT, UBC and CapU students.  The $10 tix gave us a bird’s-eye view, 2 cocktails and 2 shooters.  Now these guys know how to get a crowd in the mood for a stellar night. Definitely No Prohibition!

Promptly at 9:35pm the lights dimmed, Ella Fitzgerald filled the room and the show began- STRONG.  The first model captivated every single person in the club!!

Show Opener

This pic doesn’t do it justice- but take it from me, this was a stunner!  What a great take on the LBD (little black dress); Sequined, one shoulder, A-lined finish (all very typical of the era) but with the added fuchsia flounce!! SHUT UP. Talk about a balance between inspired and not trying to re-invent the wheel… haha like adding spinners to the wheel.

These next gowns took the glam factor up a notch with intricate bust-line detailing, lux satin fabric and lovely lady hats. (aheeeeem people… 2010 year of the hat!!)

Emerald Madam

Black & Butterscotch Gown

A quick song change initiated the next wave of garments.  This collection took us through the closet of the modern-day flapper.  The bright colors and use of nude underlay gave the impression of barely there frocks that were topped off perfectly with pin curls and feathered head bands- all to the sounds of Chicago’s “And all that Jazz.”

Flapper Girl

The finale was by far my fav.  All the standout garments made their way out for one last applause and snap shots from the string of paparazzi. This image left a strong impression of a well thought out theme that was executed flawlessly.  It was fun, bright, sexy and glamorous.  As a whole, it was costume-e, but with a little vision, pieces from all collections could easily EASILY be worn everyday.  The show left me wanting more.

The designers (as listed on the invite) were Emily Heaps (Kwantlen), Meagan Squire (Kwantlen), Annching Wang (BCIT), Karsten Ergetowski (Kwantlen), JYstar Apparel, Damsel in Dis Dress, Dream, True Value Vintage Clothing. BCITMA did a fantastic job not only organizing this event, but creating an event that showcased Vancouver’s up & coming designers and models.  This city may be small in comparsion to fashion capitals like NYC, London and Toronto but we are definately NOT void of talent and vision.

On a side note: I’ve just been invited to the year end show in April and I can’t wait 🙂

Fierceness witnessed!! I am inspired. Bravo.

~Frank Fierce

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