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Local designers shine at Vancouver's South Asian Fashion Week

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Simran Singh Mar 02, 2019 4:00 pm 3,627

Vancouver isn’t known for being one of the style capitals of the world, but the same can’t be said when it comes to the city’s vibrant South Asian fashion scene.

Until Sunday, some of the best local talent in South Asian design will be on display at the second annual South Asian Fashion Week (SAFW). 

Several local designers will be showcasing their creations during the highly-anticipated event, including Wellgroomed, House of Raina, Singh Styles, Lux Collection, Mehnaz Fine Jewels, and Sim & Sara.

The event kicked off last night, with a beautiful gala and fashion show featuring the stunning designs from Indian luxury brand Falguni Shane Peacock.

The husband and wife team crafted a dazzling gown for Beyoncé when she performed a private show in India in December 2018. Rihanna, Priyanka Chopra, Lady Gaga and many Bollywood stars have also worn couture pieces by Falguni Shane Peacock.

 

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This weekend, guests can expect runway shows from Metro Vancouver-based designers who are transforming how South Asian fashion is seen around the world.

Years ago, Vancouver’s Punjabi Market located on Main Street and 49th Avenue was the only place that South Asian fashion was accessible.

Small mom and pop shops run by immigrant families would stock their shelves and racks with saris, salwar kameez, and lenghas.

But now, Metro Vancouver has become a hub for Indian and Pakistani design. Most businesses have relocated to Surrey to occupy bigger showrooms and retail spaces filled exquisite, heavily bejewelled pieces that could be fit for any red carpet event.

 

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Metro Vancouver’s local designers are truly the highlight of SAFW, as they are a prime example of how the industry has evolved here in British Columbia.

This year, SAFW has also expanded and includes the Art Gallery Lounge, which features a collaborative art exhibit of canvas art, painted fashion, and poetry curated by artists Don’t Doze.

Guests will also be able to enjoy the flavours of Indian, Pakistani, Afghan, and Bangladeshi cuisine at the SAFW Cafe.

For those who have premium tickets, SAFW also offers a VIP Lounge that will serve handcrafted cocktails between shows.

Tickets for the weekend shows are still available online.

South Asian Fashion Week

When: March 1 to 3, 2019

Where: Plaza of Nations — 750 Pacific Blvd.

Tickets: Available online

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