BY EMMA NEWTON @EMM.BELLISH
When you think of west coast style, you probably think easy, laid back, and casual. Lots of Lululemon, lots of Blundstones, and lots of beach cover ups. But the truth is that we have so much more to offer besides that! At Victoria Fashion Week, we're excited to be including an experimental, avant garde fashion element to our runway. Our next two designers are bringing chic, couture pieces that are designed on the west coast, for the west coast. Breathtakingly innovative but still totally accessible, these are collections that you definitely won't want to miss.
Originally from our hometown of Victoria, Sarah Runnalls is currently based out of Vancouver. Her love of fashion pushed her to attend the Blanche McDonald Centre for Fashion, where she has since graduated with the Special Achievement in Design Award. Since then, she has continued to hone her skill as a designer and seamstress, being featured in several publications and showing collections at Vancouver Fashion Week for three consecutive seasons, before showcasing her latest collection at our very own Victoria Fashion Week. Her handmade pieces stand out on the runway with sleek, structured silhouettes which are strong while still maintaining a delicate air of femininity. Sarah's Spring/Summer 2017 collection incorporates contrasting natural fibre textiles such as lush silks and wool crepe, in sophisticated muted tones.
Also bringing couture to the runway is Teresa Lindsay, the creator of the GeoFashion line and, more recently, Tribute Trousers. Though she has been designing since the age of 12, Teresa was more recently honoured with the 2016's Unlimited Woman of Style Award. Her garments are designed to fit and flatter every woman, regardless of size, and without sacrificing style. Her unique approach to design is all about the fabric, creating effortlessly flowing gowns which are made with as little fabric waste as possible, and pants which are meticulously tailored to be the perfect fit for any woman. Her Spring/Summer 2017 collection entitled “Risk” uses silks, cotton bamboo, and shimmering blends to create a line of gowns which are all about elegant, tasteful seduction, and feminine movement.