Vancouver Fashion Week (VFW) will celebrate a brand new decade, when it launches its 11th Spring/Summer shows from November 1st â 6th, 2011. This season is set to highlight the hottest emerging local and international talents, who have helped attract the most global media partnerships VFW has experienced in its first decade combined.
âVancouver is a metropolitan city is like no other place in the world,â says founder Jamal Abdourahman. âHere we have a unique community of sophisticated, intelligent and artistic people. They know and understand quality, and have an appetite and appreciation for international design.
The first decade for VFW was spent building up international presence and exposure. After 10 years of growing global media coverage, we have over 50 world-wide media partnerships, and over 20 international designers exhibiting. We are living the dream that we envisioned years ago for VFW to be part of an international fashion destination!â
This season, up-and-coming designers showing at VFW Spring/Summer 2012 have already signed on from Canada, Poland, Mexico, Korea, Brazil, Germany, India, Ireland, with more signing daily. New for VFW, the upcoming season will also launch a VFW Awards component, with awards going to Emerging Talent, Womenswear, Menswear, and International Designer. With incredible exposure to international and domestic media, celebrities and major retail buyers, VFW Spring/Summer 2012 will help successfully launch the new faces of fashion.
Founded by producer Jamal Abdourahman, Vancouver Fashion Week has been world-wide renowned since its launch in 2001. Taking place bi-annually during spring and fall, the week focuses on celebrating both local and international designers, and emerging talent.
VFW has grown to showcase fashion designers from around the globe, and international media coverage including Le Monde, The Guardian, Elle Canada, Flare and Sina. 2010 attendees included Hollywood stars such as Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, as well as Canadian music giants Sam Roberts and Alanis Morrisette.
In April 2011, VFW was proclaimed Vancouverâs official fashion week by its Mayor, Gregor Roberts.