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Vancouver Fashion Week Kicks Off: Sept 15-21st

Vancouver Fashion Week Kicks Off: Sept 15-21st

Ladies and Gents the Vancouver Fashion Week begins tomorrow and it is definitely an event you will not want to miss showcasing international designers collections for Summer/Spring 2015 Fashion. For the 13th year in a row, Vancouver Fashion Week (VFW) is showcasing its spring/summer 2015 international designer collections throughout its weeklong celebration beginning September 15th, 2014 with its opening Gala.


The Fashion Shows officially kickoff September 16th, 2015 and are through the 21st at The Queen Elizabeth Plaza located at 649 Cambie Street. The event will be filled with collections from over 30 international designers. Let’s think fashion fashionistas, you have the opportunity to attend an event where you are one of few who can see the finishing product of international fashion designers. If that isn’t a big deal then we do not know what is.  The showcase will be expecting over 25,000 guest in attendance. 


Kontrol Magazine has the lineup of the countries that the designers are from:

France, Italy, Japan, India, Norway, Australia, Korea and Brazil are just some of the countries being represented by designers at this season’s VFW, not to mention, the United States.

Representing the US are Jessie Liu from San Francisco, CA, Swati Padmaraj from Seattle, WA, Sophie Karen from Seattle, WA, Rebekah Adams from Tacoma, WA, Wendy Ohlendorf from Portland, OR, and Mariely Pratts from Hartford, CT.

Jessie Liu

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With a Masters in Fine Art from the Academy of Art University, Jessie Liu brings light, color and imagery to her designs. Jessie has twice been selected to showcase her pieces at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week New York, most recently in 2012 with her graduation collection.

Swati Padmari 


Swati Padmari

Originally from Mumbai, Swati has spent the last 23 years in the US composing a style that reflects the femininity and beauty of both American and Indian cultures. Dubbed as ‘Traditional with a Twist’, the Atiz collections combine the alluring silhouettes of Asia, the opulent textiles of the east and the classic cut of upscale American daywear. Based in Seattle,

Sophia Karen 

Sophie Karen

At the fashion crossroads of London and Paris, Dawson & Deveraux was brought to life by creative director and lead designer Sophie Karen. Built on quality construction, clean lines, and an international perspective, Dawson & Deveraux strives to make women feel beautiful in every piece. This Seattle-based brand has previously been featured at the FW2014 Vancouver Fashion Week and looks forward to another gorgeous show at the SS2015 event.

Rebekah Adams 


Rebekah Adams, a world traveler with a degree in Science in Fashion Merchandising and Design, was recently selected to compete in the Independent Designer Runway Show on the Vogue magazine Runway during Bellevue Collection’s Fashion Week in September 2014.

Wendy Ohiendorf 


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Wendy Ohlendorf has been a storeowner for over 20 years in the Portland community. Her love of fashion design came from her time in school at the Art Institute of Tampa where she focused on architecture and received her degree in Interior Design. As a collector of vintage apparel, being able to repurpose fabric is an important element in creating her designs.

Marley Pratts

Marley Pratts

Markey Pratts Design


Mariely grew up in a home where her mom sewed and her uncle was a local designer, so it’s no wonder she fell in love with fashion design at a young age. Her collections focus on basic pieces for sophisticated young women, with a luxurious feel. For Mariely, the foundation of her designs lay in the basics, which are always chic, with the right fabric, and forever classic.


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