Vancouver's fashion scene is very small in comparison to the industry's capitals like London, Paris, Milan, and New York - but it is definitely growing... and quickly too! Last week, I was invited to the second installment of an underground event called VANCITY STREET - a night of fashion and style featuring local talent, and street style brands. And when I say underground I mean underground as the show was hosted at MIA, a local nightclub in Gastown that is situated below ground level where you are immediately greeted with tunnel-like hallways before entering the main room. The space also has a makeshift cave in the back, which I thought was so sexy. I mean, the models hanging out back there probably added to that as well.
The night kicked off with the usual pre-show mingle, baddest hip-hop beats, and drinks (everyone's favourite ice breaker at events) where I got the chance to go back stage and talk to a couple of the designers, sneak some peeks, and catch up with some familiar faces. VANCITY STREET featured designs and clothing by local brands VNCVR, Duchesse Vintage, and Rude Gallow with performances by recording artist Tyler Skyy (his spoken word piece entitled "Women" had the crowd constantly cheering and is exactly what the world needs right now), This is Blueprint's very own dance crew and apparel, and visual artists Pattern Nation. Closing the show was a runway segment by headliners, and the absolute highlight of my night - BOI Culture: an androgynous movement of THE sexiest human beings I have ever seen. They believe in souls having no gender, masculinity not belonging to "men" and femininity not belonging to "women" - which really resonates with me. BOI Culture's models had so much confidence and swagger that it was so captivating I didn't even want to blink. I don't think I've screamed that loudly in a long time.
I'll have to admit though, when I was invited by krystalkay and Skylar Love, the minds behind VANCITY STREET, I was a little hesitant as I wouldn't exactly use the words "urban" or "street" to describe myself. Everyone knows I'm vanilla AF and that night I was one hundred percent Julia Stiles in Save the Last Dance. But I must say, I was honestly so impressed with how well the night went and blown away by all of the passion, talent, and love that was felt in the room. The energy was just so fucking good! Although this is a fairly new event, I can definitely see VANCITY STREET blowing up and becoming a big deal in Vancouver's street style scene. Krystal and Skylar already have my friends and I wanting to see the next one and the one after that!
For more information about This is Blueprint and BOI Culture's VANCITY STREET, or any of the artists and designers featured that night check out the following links!
www.thisisblueprint.com / www.boiculture.com
photos by: John Bello | http://www.johnbello.ca