String Magazine Spotlight

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.


  1. That Chapel dress is to DIE FOR!

  2. You're right, those harem pants actually do look good!

  3. hey hey, decided to reply u here in case u dont get my comment on my post lol. but yea i never looked at it that way about disney princess dresses - you're right that it's marketing but i wouldnt be surprised at a few girls who want to actually have dresses that actually mimic their favorite fairytale princesses' dresses. living their childhood dream... but yea even so the dresses i posted aren't even that nice. not very dreamy at all.

  4. I love all the looks! That romper is quite adorable!

    La C.

  5. That strapless dress! One of my favorite color combos, too. If only I had the rack to hold it up ...

  6. yake! the disney outfit, i see what you mean i had no idea it might turn out like this, when i was creating this i was think bjork and ice princess, next time i ll use seal skin and vertebrae.


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