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Heads up, cameras at the ready, everyone in line and order? Fabulous, because here we go Vancouver I’m about to show the world just what an unrealized fashion gem of a city you have.

Every week from today I will be writing about the local scene, covering all bases from trends, styles and faux pas to the people, who live, breathe and die for fashion. You’ll be provided with tips on shopping, dress-sense and advice with a full guide to all that is Vancouver’s fashion industry. If there’s some fashion help you need, you don’t know what to wear then ask.

I’m here for the fashionistas of Vancouver and those that want to be but aren’t quite sure how. I’ll be writing features on inspirational people, getting beneath the chiffon and layers to find the naked truth of what makes Vancouver’s fashion houses and retailers tick. I will be honest and straight forward and tell it as I see it. You may not always agree and I would encourage you to question and tell me your opinions, my aim is to learn as well as inform and guide.

However, before I start providing opinions about this very influential market I feel we should get a little bit acquainted so you know who I am and what has lead me to this point today. Firstly, I am a Vancouver noob, having landed from Down Unda’ at the end of September and discarded the 97% of my wardrobe which wouldn’t fit into my forcibly stretched suitcase.

But the culling was healthy intervention for me to bring only the most durable, re-workable and absolute favorite pieces from my collection while keeping a cold climate in mind. My designer icons include Sass and Bide, Christian Dior, Jean Paul Gautier, Oscar De La Renta, Stella McCartney and Emilio Pucci. I adore Art Nuevo and Art Deco as well as impressionist, surrealist and contemporary art with special admiration for Van Gogh, Frida Kahlo, Salvador Dali and Jeff Koons.

I personally wish I’d lived in the F. Scott Fitzgerald Great Gatsby era of the 1920s to 1930s due to the revolutionary and highly glamorous feminine style and growth of female liberation which inspired designers such as Yves Saint Laurent and the birth of the Le Smoking tuxedo in 1966.

My mother is my courageous confidant and it is from years of sitting and watching her sketch, paint, think, mix and match color, conceptualize and produce masterpieces that creativity, imagination, art, the scent of mineral turpentine and design are my friends.

When it comes to fashion, I have always had a great admiration for the industry. Having been heavily overweight in my youth and adolescence I felt jealous, excluded and embarrassed by my size and therefore made myself aware to dress appropriate to my body shape until 4 years ago when I re-structured my eating and exercise habits to drop 5 dress sizes.

If you’ve ever done this you know the feeling when you’re finally given access to every piece of clothing at the front of the rack without fear of muffin tops, disapproving glances or harassment. I learnt about accessorizing and makeup when I couldn’t wear what I wanted and have learnt since to dress according to what I am trying to achieve. Many of my friends are designers, retail managers and models while my partner is an Interactive Media Award winning web designer, media agency founder and photographer.

Oh and just so you know I did not go to journalism school and I’m damn proud of this fact. Instead I began writing in childhood finding solace in documenting my thoughts, emotions and experiences. I am inspired and educated by life, mentors, research, trial and error and great literary icons to create articles from passion of people, art, truth and understanding.

So let’s get this show underway and enjoy the ride together. As you’ll come to see I have great hopes to bring you interesting, educational and entertaining posts to create an up-to-date reference point for Vancouver’s fashion and the industry in general. Welcome dear reader to Fashionably Forward.

 

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