Middle Sister Boutique welcomed style and fashion lovers, bloggers and television personalities to celebrate the arrival of the spring season with fresh new collections from Korea’s Ti:baeg and LIE (Love. Identity. Ego), and Vancouver-based MEZZI.
Ti:baeg designer Cho EunAe has been dubbed a rising star, showing her collections as part of Seoul Fashion Week‘s new designer series “Generation Next” for the past four seasons.
The 2015 Spring/Summer Collection was inspired by a garden tea party and brings those bright colours and charming patterns to each piece.
LIE – Love. Identity. Ego – is another Korean brand exclusive to Middle Sister in Canada and is designed by Lee Chung-Chung, the son of Korean fashion design Lie Sang Bong. LIE collection is inspired by the colour ‘scarlet’ and features bold geometric patterns, pleats and short hemlines in a myriad of bright red-orange hues.
Local handbag designer MEZZI‘s most popular styles – the Elletra clutch and the Cosima handbag – are available at MSB. This fashion-technology company outfits each of its hangbags with an in-bag USB cable charger and bluetooth tracking capabilities. The MEZZI app will notify you when you have been separated from your bag and the USB charger keeps you connected all day long! Why did it take so long for a company to turn our dreams into reality?
Middle Sister Boutique makes sure no one leaves empty-handed!
Celebrating one-of-a-kind designers from around the world and right here at home, Middle Sister is diversifying Vancouver’s fashion landscape so that everyone can embrace their own personal sense of style.
Oakridge Centre recently launched a Van Gogh Museum Edition Collection, which features a first of its kind initiative using “reliefography” to produce nine high-quality, limited-edition 3D reproductions that visitors are encouraged to touch and photograph.
The pre-launch, by private invitation, saw guests enjoying tables heaped with Mediterranean-inspired tableau’s along with cocktails from Remy Martin Champagne Cognac that guests swore tasted like champagne!
Steinway and Co. brought the music and model Emily Fortune Super delivered in a mesmerizing gown draped with Van Gogh’s signature sunflowers.
Willem van Gogh, the great, great grandson of Vincent’s brother Theo van Gogh, was the special guest of honour and participated in a “fireside chat” complete with faux fireplace and baskets of sunflowers. He spoke of his childhood and relayed witty anecdotes of his uncles Theo and Vincent.
“Through the utilization of cutting-edge technology, we are able to share my family’s legacy with new audiences across the globe, including here in Vancouver,” said Willem van Gogh, Advisor to the Board of the Van Gogh Museum and enthusiastic supporter of the Museum’s efforts to carry on Vincent’s legacy.
The walk-through installation was highly entertaining as guests delighted in touching the pieces and photographed themselves in the experience, all the while discussing the memories of viewing the originals at some point in their lives.
On display are nine of many art lovers’ favourites: Almond Blossom, Sunflowers, The Harvest, Wheatfield under Thunderclouds, Boulevard de Clichy, Undergrowth, The Bedroom, Fishing Boats on the Beach at Les Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer, and Landscape at Twilight.
The pieces were created using “reliefography,” which was developed by Fujifilm Europe. It has allowed the Van Gogh Museum to re-create the artworks in full three-dimensional, high-quality detail and resemble the original works as closely as possible.
Fujifilm & Van Gogh Museum – Technology meets the masters
While some may view the display as mere replicas, an argument must be made that this process makes the pieces accessible to everyone – whether the viewer is a world traveler or not, art lover or not, and imagine the thrill for the visually impaired being able to ‘see’ Van Gogh for the first time. Also, let us not forget those who feel compelled to touch the overwhelming beauty of legendary artworks (and bear the consequences!).
“Van Gogh often used thick applications of paint on his canvas, making his work well-suited to showcase the new technology used to produce the Van Gogh Museum Edition Collection,” explained Axel Rüger, Director of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. “These high-quality limited editions allow people to experience the power and strength of Van Gogh’s imaginative brushwork in an innovative new manner, as well as to acquire their own Van Gogh masterpiece.”
During the tour’s Vancouver stop, Oakridge Centre will also be hosting a number of initiatives, including an art competition, guided elementary school tours to further engage the community and share the Van Gogh Museum Edition on Tour and all the pieces are for sale. Details will be available upon request only.
The KOKKO pop-up concept combined local artwork with luxury streetwear apparel, performance art, a curated art gallery, a digital graffiti wall from Tangible Interactionand an insanely high energy host – YouTube star and comedian – Peter Chao.
KOKKO X MASTERMIND JAPAN
Invite only guests selfie’d with the immobile podium models, the products and each other while exploring the space and enjoying an open bar and complimentary headshots by The Collective You.
KOKKO, a luxury retailer based in Aberdeen Mall in Richmond, launched this 45 day pop-up in underground Gastown on February 18, with an party that coincided with the release of its collaboration withmastermind JAPAN – an iconic luxury brand that KOKKO has the exclusive rights to sell in Canada. After three years of departure from the fashion stage, the mastermind JAPAN label returned in 2015 and this event is the first of several planned KOKKO ‘moments’.
“It’s exciting to be the first to bring an internationally sought-after brand to Canada,” said Mason Wu, co-founder of KOKKO. “The first KOKKO moment will highlight our exclusive collaboration with mastermind JAPAN and will offer shoppers an interactive experience with the luxury brand and local artwork.”
The KOKKO ‘moments’ are created around the idea of “chasing infinity in a definite space”, where a series of pop-up stores will present fashion followers with different themes. The concept that combines a curated gallery of artwork with luxury apparel brands is designed to offer much more than a shopping experience. As the photographs reveal, this was not your usual popup!
Kokko endeavoured to, and found, an underground space that has not before been utilized for retail, and introduced guests to a physical space that emulated the look and feel of the mastermind JAPAN brand.
“KOKKO carefully curates luxury brands that aren’t offered by other Canadian retailers,” said Mason. “We’re excited to open up the temporary location to provide Vancouver shoppers with the latest in luxury apparel.”
Alongside exclusive fashion brands, the 3,000 square-foot space will showcase artwork by Michael Miller, Noel Hodnett, Natalie Reynolds, Yves, a special collaboration by Ronan Boyle and Dave Briker of Platform, and select art pieces from LUMAS Gallery.
Briker says “the two pieces in black were originally conceived and designed by myself as permanent art for Platform…An opportunity came up to show them at KOKKO pop-up and we thought it was a good place to showcase them as they fit well with a contemporary fashion forward type of aesthetic.”
When not engaging people’s minds in elaborate pop-up’s, KOKKO is a store features a growing collection of highly exclusive and internationally renowned brands that share KOKKO’s core aesthetics and values, including Rick Owens, Andrew Gn, Moschino, and Valentino and can be found in the Aberdeen Centre.
The gracious Sherri Cheung of Belle Fusion Art Facilitation Group reached out and invited Eco.Lux.Luv to attend the Allure + Prestige event at the historical Terminal City Club. The soiree in downtown Vancouver was held on Valentine’s eve was a wonderful way to celebrate love through charitable fundraising, sensual Latin dancing, tapas, bubbles and gorgeous art.
As guests checked in, they were immediately invited to show off their love of Latin dance and quickly joined the dance floor. Soon the hardwood was pulsating with salsa dancing aficionado’s, hip shaking and shoulder rolling.
The Belle Fusion Art Facilitation Group promotes art and welcomes everyone to introduce art into people’s lives. Exploring artistic culture and dance in the community with a beautiful way to share life experiences with those you love, especially around the international day of love, Valentine’s Day.
Allure + Prestige: beautiful night & event
I must admit that I took advantage of Valentine’s invitation and created a work/date night and invited my notoriously shy husband to be my photographer for the evening. Unfortunately for me, he was in a very social mood and abandoned his duties once he saw the works by Dali and Chagall.
Apres the dance floor, invitee’s enjoyed tapas, champagne, and a perusal of the artwork on display from Chali-Rosso Gallery and the Kimoto Gallery. Two of our favourite Vancouver based galleries who were participating in the Eric Becker art auction.
The Kimoto Gallery brought a wide selection of pieces, including pieces by Michael Soltis, whose work had caught my eye during their December opening.
The owner of the Chali-Rosso Gallery, Susanna Strem, was in attendance and discussing the pieces by the legendary Chagall, Dali, and Picasso, that were on display and available for auction.
Follow the Belle Fusion website for updates from the event and read more about their upcoming events in their blog.