South Asian Fashion Week returns to Vancouver this March

Feb 21 2019, 12:03 am

South Asian Fashion Week (SAFW) is back for its second year of runway shows from March 1 to 3 at the Plaza of Nations.

SAFW brings together some of the best South Asian designers in the industry. The three-day event kicks off on March 1 with an evening gala, featuring luxury brand Falguni Shane Peacock.

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“Priyanka Chopra, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Beyoncé and many Bollywood celebrities have worn couture pieces by Falguni Shane Peacock,” says co-founder Cindy Khella. “At SAFW, our goal is to showcase the versatility of South Asian fashion. We invited the design duo behind Falguni Shane Peacock to open the runway show because of their seamless ability to blend Western cuts with Indian embellishments. We’re honoured to host the brand’s first runway show in Canada.”

 

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Participating designers at this year’s SAFW include:

  • Falguni Shane Peacock (India)
  • Deepak Perwani (Pakistan)
  • Armaan DBG
  • Bombay Couture
  • City Lux
  • Don’t Doze MIL
  • Heran Design
  • House of Raina
  • In Vogue Fashion Haus
  • Lux Collection
  • Market Clothing
  • Maynn Men
  • Mehnaz Fine Jewels
  • Wellgroomed
  • Sim & Saara

 

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Runway shows take place on Saturday, March 2 and Sunday, March 3.

This year, guests will also be able to visit 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.

“Visible representation matters and clothes are one of the best ways to showcase a touch of culture. We feel so proud when we see South Asian clothing on people from various cultural backgrounds,” explains co-founder Farah Hasan.

“By celebrating South Asian fashion on the runway, we hope that our non-South Asian friends will feel inspired to add South Asian pieces to their wardrobes from local designers and boutiques.”

Tickets are available now.

South Asian Fashion Week

When: March 1 to 3, 2019

Where: Plaza of Nations — 750 Pacific Blvd.

Tickets: Available online