Middle Sister Boutique Brings Spring to Kits

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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.

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Who will be the first to dig into the desserts? | Helen Siwak

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.

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Too delicious looking to take the first bite? Take a photo!| Maxime Favreau

The 2015 Spring/Summer Collection was inspired by a garden tea party and brings those bright colours and charming patterns to each piece.

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Ti:baeg fresh looks | Maxime Favreau

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.

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MEZZI tech bags with colourful giftwares | Helen Siwak

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?

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Sue Randhawa of The Optical Boutique is all about patterns and shapes | Maxime Favreau
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R: Maxime Favreau, Eco.Lux.Luv contributor | Helen Siwak
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L-R: Middle Sister Boutique’s owner Linda Sin and stylist Lucy Yun of @Beyunique wearing LIE. C: Helen Siwak of Eco.Lux.Luv wearing basic black.

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.

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The parting gift bags! | Helen Siwak
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Oakridge brings Van Gogh to Vancouver

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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.

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Van Gogh front entrance | Helen Siwak

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!

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Remy Martin Sponsor | Helen Siwak
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Jinjara offering fine champagne | Helen Siwak

Steinway and Co. brought the music and model Emily Fortune Super delivered in a mesmerizing gown draped with Van Gogh’s signature sunflowers.

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Emily Fortune Super in Sunflowers & Willem van Gogh | Helen Siwak

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.

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Patron touching and recording | Helen Siwak

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

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Details | Helen Siwak

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!).

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For when feeling overwhelmed – relax here | Helen Siwak

 “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.

Van Gogh touring details | Helen Siwak
Exhibition details | Helen Siwak

(This article by Helen Siwak was originally published in a different format in VancityBuzz.com)

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KOKKO and ‘mastermind JAPAN’ launch Underground Pop-Up in Gastown

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The KOKKO pop-up concept combined local artwork with luxury streetwear apparel, performance art, a curated art gallery, a digital graffiti wall from Tangible Interaction and an insanely high energy host – YouTube star and comedianPeter Chao.

KOKKO X MASTERMIND JAPAN

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Peter Chao introducing Mason Wu & mastermind JAPAN| Helen Siwak

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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.

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Helen Siwak as interpreted by @TheCollectiveYou

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 with mastermind 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.”

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DJ & Posse | Helen Siwak

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!

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Tangible Interaction Digital Screen | Helen Siwak

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Interior Art Works | Helen Siwak

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.”

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Artwork by Ronan Boyle | Helen Siwak

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.”

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Emoji Masks designed by Dave Briker & Ronan Boyle | Helen Siwak

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.

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Guests & Gears | Helen Siwak

Article and photography by Helen Siwak of EcoLuxLuv.

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Allure + Prestige: Celebrating Valentine’s Passion the Latin Way

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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.

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Latin Dance Lessons with Latin Funk Dance at Allure + Prestige | Helen Siwak

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

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CW: Latin dance class; artist Tiarra Edmundson with her sister model Schyler Edmundson; Terminal City Club’s beautiful ballroom; FMA Entertainment’s Andy Chu with Helen Siwak (Eco.Lux.Luv) | Helen Siwak

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.

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Art Auction Paraphernalia; socielite Myriam Callot; Auctioneer Paul Becker; Dapper Gent with 269 paddle

The Kimoto Gallery brought a wide selection of pieces, including pieces by Michael Soltis, whose work had caught my eye during their December opening.

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Works by Aurelia Bizouard (26) & Michael Soltis (8)| Helen Siwak
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Sampling of artwork by Michael Soloman & Thomas Anfeld  (L) and Donna Giraud (R) for auction to benefit HealOurLives.com.

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.

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Salvador Dali & Roses | Helen Siwak

Follow the Belle Fusion website for updates from the event and read more about their upcoming events in their blog.

A warm thank you to the businesses that made this evening possible, either by sponsoring or by partnering with Belle Fusion: Terminal City Club, Auberge Hotel Vancouver, Chali-Rosso Gallery, Eric Becker Art, Butter Studios, Clearly Accounting, Alfa Renaissance Skin Care, VSO, Backstage Hair Studio, Latin Funk Dance, A&B Partytime Rentals and Deserres.

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