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Modline 2010 Spring / Summer Show Features Flora and Fauna, Red Jade, Nicole Bridger, Hawks Ave, Hardihood, Dope.Girl.Fresh and Killa

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It is the first time the label has released a female line with Creative Director Angus Wong saying “The Hardihood woman is sassy and strong – she’s the type that can change your mind without saying a word.”

With bold text Such as the Cheeky Kiss Tee (ie kiss my ass) the women’s line was simple and fantastic for everyday chilling and play in the summer months when you want that edgy top to pair with jeans.

The collection also provided uni-sex versions of a number of tops with both men’s and women’s versions of the Mandala Tee, which stems from the Hardihood Clothing label’s roots within Tibetan culture meaning “essence or completion” and the label’s slogan of I Am What You Are Not. Colours included bright coloured prints on neutral tones, the re-emergence of the men’s Familia Track Jacket in blue and black and V-necklines for men’s tops.

Cheeky Kiss Tee - HardihoodButterfly skull tee - Hardihood

For retro ‘I wear whatever the hell I want’ funk came Dope. Girl. Fresh. Attire.

 Loud, unconventional and out of the box styles mixed with rave culture and pride meant for a line of absolute protesting to the traditional Vancouver fashions – no conservatism here. Owned by childhood friends Laina Rauma and Angie Gill, the pair sources out vintage clothing and accessories from un-disclosed locations saying “its top secret, we don’t even tell our girlfriends (where they buy their stock).”

But they don’t just buy and re-sell pieces, Rauma is also a seamstress and the pair add their own detail, personality and independence to garments by re-working the old into something new.

There was no saying “no” in the line they prepared for the Modline show.

Immediately. music industry leading ladies when on tour or in music videos came to mind such as Beyonce, Madonna, Kylie Minogue, Gwen Stefani, Rhianna and Lady? Ga Ga.

Inspired by everything, the clothing is “fly from head to toe” and included a full body sheer milk playsuit, sheer fluoro green and yellow halter mini-dress with bandu cotton top, captain’s jacket with rhinestones paired with Daisy Duke faded denim shorts, a cropped halter neck satin tutu with champagne hot pants and my favourite piece a pair of high-waisted re-worked Calvin Klein jeans with black lace detail on the sides.

Sheer fluoro mini halter dress - Dope. Girl. Fresh.Sheer milk white playsuit - Dope. Girl. Fresh

Finally to tie off the show was the death stroke of Killa.

Big photo-graphic images of wrestlers, tattooed individuals and medusa characters in grey-scale on black tee’s were mixed with 1950s Architect logo preppy baseball jackets.

The jackets added the spice in bright cherry red with black pin-stripes and fleece grey with old-school buttons to produce a juxtaposition between the rock’n’roll bad boy James Dean with that of today’s gangster-rapper, making for a historical statement of changing societal images of the North American rebel without a cause.

Killa tee and jacketRound up

I had a blast.

With great music and great people I forgot about anything else as I watched and took notes.

Full of life and passion the Spring / Summer 2010 collaborated event expressed the diversity and independence that Vancouver Fashion has.

I have to congratulate Amanda Panes and the entire Modline Crew for putting together such a fantastic night of fashion and entertainment and thank both Nicole Stewart for the invite and Mark Ingram for the photos. I know I’ll definitely be keeping an eye on what these featured designers do next.   

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