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Columns : Style Drama - Edward Quan
Summer’s Hottest Look is the Maxi Dress - Jun 5, 2015 - 12:26:57 AM

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We don’t have to look too far to see that this summer’s hottest look is the Maxi dress. We are seeing it everywhere, especially from the designer runway collections of Diane von Furstenberg, Ralph Lauren to Versace.

For fashion is never the same the second time around. This summer’s Maxi dress caresses the body and falls some where between the lower shin and the ankle, rather than skimming the floor.

Diane von Furstenberg’s collection is all about having fun this season. Flirtatious Maxi dresses in bright colors with thigh high leg slits will make you feel that you are the life of the party...
Columns : Style Drama - Edward Quan
Louis Vuitton Resort 2016 - Hotter than the dry desert heat - May 21, 2015 - 10:01:18 PM


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To inspire the fashionably chic for their next travel adventure, Louis Vuitton’s artistic designer Nicolas Ghesquiere unveiled his Resort 2016 collection in Palm Springs California at the legendary Bob Hope Estate.

Located on a hilltop overlooking the Coachella Valley desert, Bob Hope’s residence resembles a giant round spaceship made from glass and concrete that covers 23,000 sq. ft. of luxurious living space. Built in the late 70’s, the outdoor garden area partially sheltered by a huge overhand with its unique circular pool was the runway for 500 invited guests...
Columns : Style Drama - Edward Quan
Sophisticated eco fashion by Murva - Apr 30, 2015 - 11:00:50 PM

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Murva fashion collection introduced at Eco Fashion Week has been a life long process for Ivana Knezovic, Creative Director / Designer. This was not only the 29 year old Croatian designer's first collection, but also her first international performance.

She debuted her eco-friendly collection titled Rust & Flow on the runway at Eco Fashion Week in Vancouver, Canada. Her pieces are all made from eco-friendly wool flannel.

Ivana Knezovic made interesting use of symmetrical lines, and I admired the draping from the shoulders framing a dress low-cut in back...

Columns : Style Drama - Edward Quan
Fashion beat of an electronic generation - Nov 12, 2015 - 9:55:22 PM

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Inspired by her own generation, Seven Crash is a fashion line that crosses over classic and edgy, urban and fresh. An amazing imaginative print collection introduced to me by Taipei fashion designer Enchi Shen at Vancouver Fashion Week.

On the runway was her Resort 2016 collection, which encompasses unique patterns and a lively flower design to celebrate the beginning of a New Year.

“My spring collection is all about the electronic generation,” says Enchi Shen. Using electric charged colors on a palate of black and white, she incorporates cultural street style – past and future - into each collection...

Columns : Style Drama - Edward Quan
Old world craftsmanship with the exotic of distant lands - Apr 12, 2015 - 2:17:43 AM


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Paloma Sanchez’s love of precious gemstones and diamonds has made her one of the top thirty jewelry designers in the world today. Featured at Vancouver Fashion Week Fall Winter 2015 collections, she displayed a luxury collection that truly lives up to her reputation of fine European craftsmanship within the art of jewelry making.

As a GIA Gemologist and jewelry designer, she scours the world for rare gems to create her one of a kind necklace, earrings and bracelets. Exploring underground mines in remote corners of the world from Vietnam, Myanmar, Morocco, China to Madagascar.

Breathtaking is the only way I can describe her jewelry collection, as she has the ability to meld gems in their rough form into her jewelry designs.
Columns : Style Drama - Edward Quan
Momma Mia! Dolce & Gabbana features mothers and babies on the runway - Mar 13, 2015 - 12:51:57 AM

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In a tribute to mothers everywhere, Dolce & Gabbana presented an astonishingly romantic and feminine collection for winter 2016.

According to Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, the recent Milan Fashion Week show was titled “Viva la Mama” to the tune of Spice Girls’ “Mama”. It wasn’t your typical catwalk of gorgeous fashion models; it was loveable and playful as the models were featured with their own babies and toddlers, many in matching outfits. There was even a pregnant model.

Red roses were the signature motif of the Dolce & Gabbana collection, appearing as prints and embroidery on dresses, from spring pastels of light blue and pink to rich reds and blacks...
Columns : Style Drama - Edward Quan
Valentino creates bohemian chic for spring - Feb 26, 2015 - 10:32:50 PM


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takes us back to the free spirited hippy 70’s era with a more luxurious bohemian look for spring 2015. Picture fine silk patterns, cutout lace fabrics, and fine beaded embroidery for the warmer days ahead.

The 70’s were one of the most significant cultural periods in recent American history. Young people were filled with optimism and idealism; it was about ending the Vietnam War and marching for social change such as civil rights and women’s equality. A generation that rebelled against the establishment, fashion became free flowing and softer, more romantic and exotic with influences from North Africa and Middle Eastern cultures.

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Gianni Maanaki Haute Couture - Feb 17, 2015 - 7:57:49 PM

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How does haute couture, elaborate and traditional hand made fashions with five-figure prices continue to thrive in a world of disposable fast fashion?

“It’s all about making women happy,” said Gianni Maanaki who is one of the most talented haute couture designers from the Middle-East.

Just before the holidays, I had the pleasure of attending an exclusive Gianni Maanaki haute couture fashion show, part of a star-studded fundraising gala in support of the Chimo Community Services at Birks...

Columns : Style Drama - Edward Quan
Pantone color of the year 2015: Marsala - Feb 5, 2015 - 8:45:43 AM

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The word Marsala originates from a region in Sicily which produces a naturally robust and earthly red wine. Back in the late 60’s is when Marsala first appeared as a hue on the European fashion scene, which brings back fond memories as I grew up with this color palette. I affectionately remember my mother purchasing me an Austrian made parka in Marsala to wear while traveling the narrow cobblestone streets of Paris on the back of a scooter.

The versatility of Marsala allows it to make an elegant statement on its own or as a compelling accent when paired with many other colors. This shade works well with neutrals such as navy and black...
Columns : Style Drama - Edward Quan
Ugly Christmas Sweater craze inspires the ultimate holiday suit - Dec 17, 2014 - 12:12:58 PM


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The ugly Christmas sweater, a fashion phenomenon that invaded Britain's upper crust in 2001 with Colin Firth wearing his reindeer head sweater in Bridget Jones Diary has now inspired the ultimate holiday suit.

People have gone mad with the ugly Christmas sweater craze. Second hand clothing stores are filled with shoppers looking for that special sweater. Street stalls are piled high with red and green polyester as I walk along downtown Vancouver.

You can now purchase official licensed NHL Ugly Christmas Sweaters for your favorite hockey team such as Boston, Chicago and Vancouver.
Columns : Style Drama - Edward Quan
Stella McCartney offers cool chic for spring summer 2015 - Nov 20, 2014 - 5:29:52 PM

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For fashion designer Stella McCartney, it’s all about being sexy without trying too hard. A relaxed chic look for spring summer 2015.

Overall, this fashion collection exudes fluid and motion. How her garments flow, as a woman moves, catches one’s eye.

Delightful are her mixed print organza dresses, embroidered with floral and koi fish patterns. Tastefully subtle colors sewn together in silk, creating a very sensual look. Perfect for your next roof top pool party or evening walk along the beach...
Columns : Style Drama - Edward Quan
Oscar de la Renta, Master of Romantic Elegance - Nov 8, 2014 - 5:56:52 PM

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The recent passing of legendary designer Oscar de la Renta aged 82 marked the end of a dramatic fashion era of romantic elegance for some of the most beautiful women in America.

Many referred to him as the “the sultan of chic” as he dressed many of the First Ladies including Jacqueline Kennedy, Nancy Reagan, Hillary Clinton and Laura Bush. More recently, he created the wedding dress for George Clooney’s bride, Amal Alamuddin for their Venice wedding.

Born in the Dominica Republic, he began his training with Cristobal Balenciaga in Spain and then worked at Lanvin in France....
Columns : Style Drama - Edward Quan
Italian girls gone bad: Miu Miu Spring Summer 2015 - Oct 24, 2014 - 12:31:05 PM

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As the sister label of Prada, Miu Miu for the younger woman has always intrigued us with their chic Italian fashions. For next season, designer Miuccia Prada has put us on notice that trouble is coming, as she’s all bad.

Miu Miu brings us a single concept for spring

At Paris Fashion Week Spring Summer 2015 shows held in October, Miu Miu had a multitude of looks based on a bad girl theme made up from three pieces, a midriff top, the high waisted pencil skirt and a housecoat.
Columns : Style Drama - Edward Quan
Green Embassy captivates with eco-couture fashions - Sep 25, 2014 - 3:28:14 PM

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Zuhal Kuvan-Mills of Green Embassy has always called herself “an artist that makes clothes,” and upon viewing her latest men’s and women’s S/S 15 collection at Vancouver Fashion Week a few days ago, she is going to have to get comfortable being referred to as a 'couture fashion designer.'

My first introduction to the eco-friendly Green Embassy line from Australia was last March at Vancouver Fashion Week F/W 14 show, where she featured 16 exquisite women's dresses. She returned last week with a dramatic runway show of 38 pieces, worthy of any established European fashion house...
Columns : Style Drama - Edward Quan
Gray is the new black - Sep 6, 2014 - 12:21:29 PM

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I first reported in fall 2013 my quest for a lambskin gray jacket to bring a modern style to my wardrobe. Today, gray is the new black as it has gained huge popularity with men and women fashions and as we approach our twenty-ten midpoint, gray has become the color of the decade.

Since the 1980’s, black on black has been the preferred look of New York’s fashion elite. The look back then was black turtlenecks worn underneath black suits which became a uniform for arty types.

When visiting New York, I could always tell the locals from the tourist, as locals wore all black, and tourist wore color. This summer, gray has been
Columns : Style Drama - Edward Quan
Chloe Trujillo adds French flair to Rock & Roll - Aug 27, 2014 - 7:40:39 AM

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What happens when French fashion designer Chloe Trujillo takes on the influences of rock and roll? It results in an exquisite collection of fine French silk scarves with strong metaphors such as human skulls and mystic imagery.

Born of parents who were fashion designers, Chloe Trujillo today is an accomplish artist, fashion designer and performer who is married to legendary Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo.

You can see from her collection that she does have an obsession with images of skulls, for they are her inspiration as an artist...

Columns : Style Drama - Edward Quan
Giorgio Armani couture offers glamour, bold and sensual looks for fall - Aug 14, 2014 - 11:05:28 PM

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Giorgio Armani, master of old world elegance introduced his Prive Fall 2014 Couture evening collection of dramatic whites, blacks and reds with a softer touch of fluffy and layered looks that women will certainly love this season.

As with my earlier trend reports on Versace's softer look and Marc Jacobs' minimalist aesthetics, Giorgio Armani has seized on both of these trends to bring women a much more wearable collection this fall.

Giorgio Armani’s fall couture collection is all about softness, with a fair amount of texture, to fun loving polka-dot veiling, fringing and tulle.

His collection consists of several evening dresses offering both long and short lengths. Interestingly, shorts replaced trousers which were not as prevalent as with past collections...

Columns : Style Drama - Edward Quan
Multi-print Swimwear Hottest Look for Summer - Aug 2, 2014 - 1:44:56 PM

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Miami is even hotter when the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Swim show is in town and this year's collection of vibrant multi-colour pattern swimsuits and dazzling day-to-evening resort wear did not disappoint for summer 2015.

The big trend from Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Swim show are theses beautiful multi-coloured patterned swimsuits by fashion designers such as Mara Hoffman.

This is a new direction for Mara Hoffman, inspired by her recent travels to Guatemala where she embraced the influence of their art, culture and landscape for her new collection, resulting in a very striking swimwear collection of interesting colour tones, abstract shapes, and prints combined with jungle creatures such as parrots and leopards...

Columns : Style Drama - Edward Quan
Bright and fearless for fall 2014 - Jul 25, 2014 - 7:29:32 PM

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Each fall we normally take a turn towards darker colors such as browns, khaki and burgundy, but that’s all changing as fashion designers have now brought us a bolder color palette for fall 2014.

As with neon introduced last fall, this commanding trend is continuing with bright colors from designers such as Dior, Balenciaga, Thakoon and Emanuel Ungaro.

What we are experiencing is a color revolution where designers are wanting their fashions to be perceived more as pieces of art, rather than garments...
Columns : Style Drama - Edward Quan
World Cup travels in Louis Vuitton style - Jul 18, 2014 - 1:41:10 AM

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The World Cup trophy traveled the world in a bespoke trunk by Louis Vuitton, and it seemed only fitting that their Brazilian native brand ambassador Gisele Bundchen was clad in their latest collection during the statuette unveiling at the championship game between Germany and Argentina.

As Gisele Bundchen unveiled the coveted gold statuette before the championship game in Maracana Stadium, Rio de Janeiro last Sunday, she was joined by retired Spanish defender, Carles Puyol.

The 33 year-old supermodel was stunning in a thigh-skimming belted turquoise dress with a blue, reef like motif and a silver spike belt from the 2015 Louis Vuitton resort collection...

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