String's founder, Maria Jose Hernandez Cos, makes a speech.
The Vancouver fashion industry and well-wishers alike gathered at the Metropole last Friday for the String Magazine Spotlight, a party celebrating the online publication's one-year anniversary. Founder and editor, Maria Jose Hernandez Cos, welcomed everyone warmly and spoke of the magazine's mission and its experiences thus far. Contributors Leanne Yu and Kari Chellouf were also present and full of glowing praise for their editor as they made speeches.
The evening's highlight was a 5-part fashion show featuring local labels and designers: Flora & Fauna, Morena Clothing, Nixxi, Chapel Couture by Alicia Grunert, and Drew William. Flora & Fauna kicked things off with a collection of casual jersey separates. Morena Clothing featured full skirts, fitted tops, and dresses with quirky one-of-a-kind details and embellishments.
Pink and orange strapless dress by Flora & Fauna
Morena Clothing's opening look was feminine and whimsical.
Nixxi's collection of draped jersey tops and leggings in eco-friendly fabrications was a pleasant surprise--wearable, on-trend, and with just enough detailing to keep things interesting. Out of the pieces that Chapel Couture presented, the most memorable ones for me were the rompers, particularly one risque number with an open front and a bare back--definitely not for the faint of heart! Drew William wowed the crowd with his slouchy deconstructed menswear; the jumpsuit and the delicate cutout vest were particularly eye-catching.
Drew William's jumpsuit for the men
Nixxi's surprisingly wearable interpretation of the harem trouser
Chapel Couture's saucy romper
Congratulations to String Magazine on a great party and a successful year!
Runway photos by Stanley Lau. Photos of Maria and of party-goers by Yvonne Chew. This post also appears on Stylefinds.