Working in the media, while challenging at times, definitely has its perks. I am a huge lover of fashion. If I ever have a chance to go to a fashion show, I’m there. This year I had the opportunity to cover the Kwantlen Polytechnic University Fashion Show. I was really excited when I got the invite because it was an event that I have always wanted to attend.
The fashion design program is located in Richmond, B.C., so it was only fitting that “The Show” took place at the River Rock Casino in Richmond. The venue was great. It had theatre seating as well as seating along the runway. As part of the media, I was lucky enough to have a front seat view of the collections.
“The Show” is a really cool concept. These designers have been in the Fashion Program at KPU and when they debut their collection, they are in their final year. As their last big project, they have to design three different outfits to hit the runway at the end of the semester. As part of the Chip and Shannon Wilson School of Design, these students have the best of the best, and are well on their way to making this design program one of the best in Canada. Chip Wilson himself, founder of Lululemon, was front row at the Show to see how the students have progressed.
This runway collection featured the upcoming Spring and Summer trends. The 39 students took this challenge, working with their teachers throughout the year, to bring three of their best outfits and creations forward.
One of my favourite designers was Blair MacDonald. Her designs had classic, lady-like elements that brought back a sense of the 1940’s. MacDonald’s inspiration came from her late grandmother. This homage to her grandmother worked really well. You could tell how much love, time and effort went into the thought process and putting her pieces together.
Another designer that really struck me was Laura Psutka. One of her designs I would have bought right there and then. It had a Blair Waldorf (from Gossip Girl) essence to it. The colours and fabric that she chose for this outfit are what helped bring it all together.
It wasn’t just women’s fashions that were showcased, there was also men’s wear, motorcycle wear, kids wear, women’s undergarments and maternity clothing. Overall, I was thoroughly impressed.
The grad class of Spring 2015 did an amazing job showing the audience their hard work. I hope to be able to see the next graduating class’s inspirations and designs, they have a lot to live up to. Congrats KPU Fashion grads of Spring 2015, you did great.