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Xsenia and Olya take fashion show to Autoform car dealership

Photo Courtesy of Raymond Chou of Vivid Moments Photography

I arrived at the Auto Form car dealership with my hair coifed in sexy-layered blowouts, wearing a pink silk lame dress.

Photo of Alice Zhou and Jennifer Yemu Li courtesy of Brian Graham

Under the iconic East Van sign, my eyes lit up at the array of lust-worthy cars like a GTE Mustang and a Red Maserati.

Who was I kidding? I was purely there for the fashion and people-watching. And boy did I get doses of both on Friday night, March 15, at 1885 Clark Drive.

Photo courtesy of Raymond Chou of Vivid Moments Photograph

The venue was very spacious, with smooth concrete floors and white walls.  It was the perfect backdrop for fashion. As I walked in further, I saw the area for coat check and the media wall for photos.

Just a bit further was the sexy-as-hell female DJ Adoriana, who was spinning hot beats that were leading the pace of the night's socializing. The food and booze station was packed with people, with salamis and fruits for consumption.

There must have been 300 to 400 people in attendance—men in sleek suits and ladies all dolled up in their best cocktail dresses. A lot of media were in attendance, from Fiona Forbes of The Rush and her entourage of five friends to Amy Yew of The Vancouver Courier, Catherine Barr of The North Shore News, Brian Graham of SNAP and fashion blogger, Nadya Vlassoff. All sitting in front row with moi. 

Photo of Nadya Vlassoff with her two friends courtesy of Raymond Chou of Vivid Moments Photograph

To give a little bit of background on the festivities, fashion designers Xsenia Runa and Olya Shishkina met at Central Saint Martins in London and have been promoting their line in Vancouver Fashion Week for the past two years—all to great reviews and a growing local following.

The purpose of the event was to invite local buyers from Leone’s and Holt Renfrew to check out the collection, as they were away in Europe on buying visits during past Vancouver Fashion Weeks. 

Runa and Shishkina's clothes are designed for the modern young woman in her 20s and 30s who displays confidence, sex appeal and empowerment. They're for the professional woman who appreciates quality and style as much as they do. Their trademark emphasis on striking digital prints and geometric forms is extremely eye-catching and breathtaking.

The show was divided into two parts. The first was colourful—turquoise, cobalt, aqua marine, silver, purple silk prints, mixed with sheer fabric showing the stomach or the upper back. The design was very romantic and feminine, and hugged all the curves to showcase the charm of the hourglass figure. One of my favourite pieces was "Miami", a one-shoulder mini-dress with purple haze over white silk. It was the perfect party dress to get noticed.

Photo courtesy of Raymond Chou of Vivid Moments Photograph

Another look that wowed the whole audience and got people clapping was "Naples"—a flirty two-piece that included a yellow silk halter top with a low back, with the "St. Petersburg", a pink skirt with a yellow haze that was all about movement, which also paid homage to the designers’ homeland.
    Photo courtesy of Raymond Chou of Vivid Moments Photography

One dress that came down the runway called “Buenos Aires” had a graphic print in the front and a low scoop back in silvery gray. It had women gasping for air as the photographers swarmed like bees to take pictures as if their lives depended on it.

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