Last Saturday night I had the privilege of attending this years Victoria Fashion Show! Held at the beautiful Atrium building, it was a stunning spectacle jammed packed with local designer talent. Some of them I knew about, like the retro swim wear from Paradise Boutique. And others I had never seen or heard of before. It was a wonderful way to be introduced to a new world of local styles.
I found myself especially drawn to the eco-conscious brands without even knowing their back story beforehand. Like a good born and raised Vancouver Island girl should ;). Honestly though, they were beautiful for their design and even more beautiful after researching each brand. Aside from beauty, I think we can all appreciate the importance of supporting eco-warriors and local designers for the benefit of our planet and our community.
In today’s post I’ll fill you in on my 3 favourite designers from the show and give you a peek at some of the rest! Find out more about each designer and boutique featured in the show here.
This was my favourite set of the night! Not just because the dresses were a-maz-ing, but because of the styling that went along with them. Each model had on beautiful head pieces or like the model above, an over-the-top feather collar. It added the show in fashion show for me.
The collection of one-of-a-kind dresses were white or ivory and were all made with reclaimed materials. From vintage fabrics to table linens and lace curtains. This Salt Spring Island clothing company not only produces stunning dresses, they also have a wonderful message. Bringing the old to life again by re-purposing and re-claiming. Find them on Facebook @ReclaimTheEarth or on Instagram @ReclamationDesignCompany
Wawaha’s collection of dresses are designed on the Island and created in Bali by direct trade artisans. They all had an easy beachy, traveler kind of vibe that you could imagine wearing on any exotic holiday. Mostly constructed with linen and organic cotton they also had pieces with breezy, sheer panels that fluttered and flowed down the runway. Find Wawaha on Facebook @wawahanation or Instagram @wawaha_nation.
Shannon Munro’s jewelry paired beautifully with Wawaha’s collection. But in full disclosure, it was difficult to see in detail. I have since checked it out online and it is absolutely stunning up close. Her jewelry is available at Little Gold and Picot Collective or check her out on Instagram @shannonmunrojewellery.
Dani Dubois (creator of Ola Dubois) is also known for her use of up-cycled fabrics when creating her designs. Making each piece in her collection totally unique. All with a two-piece style and a vintage frock feel that still manages to remain current. Her dresses could take you everywhere from a summer wedding to a romp on the beach. A very wearable style that will suit every body shape and size, making it an easy favourite for me. Ola Dubios is available locally at Paradise Boutique.
♥ Check out the trunk show featuring her spring collection from the runway on March 11 from 4-6pm at Paradise Boutique!
That wraps up my top 3 picks! Here are a few more stunning examples from some of the other featured designers of the night: