April 29th, 2016
REVIEW: New Fashion Festival
New Fashion Festival, a decentralized fashion festival took place in Vancouver from April 21st - 24th. The festival’s goal is to bring a fresh event to Vancouver’s fashion community, focusing on multidisciplinary fashion related work, such as photography, film making and fashion design. Featuring presentations by Vancouver’s own Tripartite: Sara Armstrong, Evan Clayton and Alex S. Yu, and new designers JB Gear and ADAM, the event took its audience to a new, experimental place within the fashion community.
The first designer to present during the showcase day was JB Gear. A curious mix of denim and jersey, t-shirts and space suits hit the runway with fiery energy. The collection is colourful and alternative; it seems to be made for only the most urban of “it” kids. Next on the runway was the inspired collection ‘Recluse’ by exciting newcomer ADAM. A bold mix of neoprene, black, silver, and white hit the runway with moody attitude. The collection masterfully boasts unusual leather straps, plastic pockets and incredibly baggy silhouettes; ADAM is definitely a designer to watch for.
The third installation for the evening was Tripartite. The models marched down the runway and continued in a circle to an eccentric tribal techno. Clothed in a glorious mixture of Sara Armstrong, Evan Clayton and Alex S. Yu pieces, the presentation felt incredibly satisfying and creative to the eye. This presentation felt less about the designers as individuals and more about who they are together as Vancouver’s hottest, young designers.
New Fashion Festival, though rocky at certain points should be considered a huge success. This alternative festival offers so much to the fashion community within Vancouver. A chance for young artists to show their work in an incredibly inclusive environment which fosters individuality and community spirit is a rare gift that artists of all genres are rarely afforded. Congratulations to Paperroute on a successful and inspiring event!
By Lana Linton
all images by Marshall Heritage for Paperroute