3.31.2015

{ THE GREAT BIG } FW 2015 VANCOUVER FASHION WEEK POST --- part one

FRIENDS!!
HELLO!!!
THE FIRST INSTALLMET OF MY FASHION WEEK POST IS HEREEEE
UHHH
{ I realized it made more sense to divide it up by day instead of one big post! }
 
This season was incredible. Stunning collections, outfits, and people. I've made so many new friends and connections it's unreal.
 
I was not able to attend all 6 days, seeing as I am a full time student & my studies have to be the priority.
{ I know, studying! blegh!! }
 
However, I had 3 magical days of shows, wine, photos, and friends.
Leeet's GO!
 
 { DAY ONE }

The Outfit
 


 
Gown - Sally Anne's
{ This dress was in the $5 bin!! I had some alterations done for under $30 to update its look. }
Sequined Blazer - Nasty Gal Original Collection
Shoes - Spring, from Ronner
Bag - Sally Anne's


Tassel Earrings - H&M
{ I am going to do a post specifically about all of my ear bling, but that's for a later time. }
 
The Experience
 
Courtesy of Kuna Photography
 
Courtesy of StreetScout
 
Courtesy of Ed Ng Photography
 
The Collections
 
Featuring my favourite collections from Day 4.
 
VITAMIN A SWIM
 

 
Although I love swimming & spending time at the beach {underneath an umbrella, but at the beach nonetheless}, I find that my search for swimwear always ends in disappointment. Unflattering cuts, bland designs, and predictable colours leave me unsatisfied, wearing suits I frankly do not like. Vitamin A, however, was the furthest thing from that. The blend of patterns & styles, and the fact that most pieces had multiple layers, created a dimensional look that was unique but universally flattering. I find that it is quite difficult for me to wear a low rise bikini, as I am tiny but not toned, leaving me feeling exposed and uncomfortable. This collection, however, beautifully balanced coverage; whether it was a long sleeved lace overlay with bikini bottoms, or high rise briefs with a bustier style top. This collection is therefore extremely wearable, as I can see myself (and other women) gladly strutting these designs on beaches everywhere. The use of colour and texture was brilliant, my favourite piece being the strappy neon bikini underneath a black lace long sleeved crop top. The versatility of each individual piece allows for easy pairing; each piece doesn't necessarily match, but definitely goes together, allowing for a plethora of unique combinations. 
 
Brunette Showroom
 


Autumn! Autumn!! Brunette Showroom's FW2015 collection is the embodiment of the season, with the overall lookbook reminiscent of my own closet. I love designs that are blaringly different, yet pair together effortlessly. It's the method to which I have created my personal wardrobe. The use of curve hugging cuts creates the ideal feminine silhouette, while the various patterns and autumn colour scheme creates a eclectic mix of youthful looks. Velvet & silk coordinated in floral and plaid patterning offered the luxurious warmth one craves in Fall attire. Dark cherry lipstick finished off the looks for the perfect pale grunge aesthetic. Cosy and playful, edgy and dressy, I saw many hints of inspiration from Native American art, baroque period gowns, and Coachella festival attire, which created a one of a kind, multifaceted collection.
 
aniimiism
 

 

Easy silhouettes and layering, while playing with the pattern and texture of fabrics created the effortless aniimiism collection. I find that many F/W collections tend to focus on the more than the F, making many articles wearable for only a few months. I was pleasantly surprised to see that the pieces worn could easily be a staple in any fashion girl's closet for the transition period of summer into autumn. The airiness of this collection is what really grabbed me, along with the matching sets of pants & dresses. The use of flowy fabrics that were lightly draped and synched, with the addition of fringes & calf height socks made me feel late summer, while the colour pallet of warm neutrals & a hint of burgundy combined in ornate patterns on multiple layers screamed autumn. The combination of these aesthetic choices allowed for a casual, yet polished, effortless and chic FW collection.
 
 
NIGHT X DAY

 

Boxy cuts, brow brushing Pharrel Williams hats, & clean, simple lines with just the right pop of colour. NIGHT X DAY was more than just a collection of clothing, but a thought provoking show to witness. The collection, accented with hints of gold and pink for a dainty, feminine touch on both men and women, beautifully contrasted with the stark, severe naturure of the ominous hats. I greatly appreciate the juxtaposition of men in tighter, "feminine" silhouettes, with the addition of pink accents & flowy shirts, with women in traditionally "male" attire of wide, boxy suit coats. The idea of gendered clothing {whether certain articles should be gender/sex specific} is currently a popular discussion within fashion and equal rights activist circles alike. What makes a colour, fabric, or design appropriate for a certain gender, and is this judgement fair? The same attire in photo #6 was also worn by a female model; the hallmark of easy androgyny.
NIGHT X DAY was a wonderful, subtle avenue for reflection; creating an atmosphere of normality around gender neutral dress.
 

Noe Bernacelli


 If you're an avid follower of my blog {or happen to know me personally}, it should come to no surprise that this Elie Saab-esque collection was my favourite of the whole week. This collection, designed by the brand's namesake, was a visually orgasmic display of colour, texture, sparkle, and craftsmanship. With an obvious appreciation for careful precision, the hand beading, stitching, and appliques were evident even from the audience. When I saw the gowns up close backstage, however, the attention to detail gave each piece a royal air. One could not help feeling like a princess even just in the presence of these works of art.
Along with full gowns, the collection also included capes with matching pants, cocktail-length dresses, and shirt-skirt combination covered in fine feathers. The addition of these accent pieces acted as a perfect balance, showing the full spectrum of the Haute Couture aesthetic.
Sophisticated & mature, yet youthful in its timeless, Bernacelli offered a plethora of inspiration as well as princess worthy eye-candy.

ALL RUNWAY PHOTOS COURTESY OF
KUNA PHOTOGRAPHY
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There it is !
Day One!

Day Two will be out soon, I'm feeling MUCH better now, I'm able to sit up!! And blog!!!

xo Cass

3.26.2015

VFW Pseudo Post

hello friends,
due to an unexpected bout of pneumonia, I've been unable to power through my VFW master post.
It seems as though I went a little too hard last week, as I am quite ill.
:-(
 
here are some other photos of my {new} friends and I looking gorgeous
 
 
 
Paul & Jerome, VFW Models { Insta @yako_paul @jmendoza09 }
Helen Proskow, fashionista & Makeup Artist { Insta @helenmarley }


Emily Esmaili { Insta @emilyesmaili }
Kirsty Lesperance { Insta @kirstylesperance }

 
Minal Sapra { Insta @minieminal }
 
Denai Johnson { Insta @denaijohnson } &
Tereza Anne { Insta @teeteerex } 



^_^ ~~
 
the official post will be focused on the F/W 2015 collections themselves, so I am trying my best to get it done { even though I'm dying in bed }
CONSIDERING IT'S BASICALLY THE MOST IMPORTANT PART OF THE FASHION SHOW! THE FASHION IN THE SHOW!!
 
forgive me, it'll be up ASAP!
xo Cass

3.23.2015

FW2015 FASHION WEEK PREVIEW

hello friends!!!
ALAS,
FASHION WEEK HAS COME TO AN END
{ here's a little sneak peak of my week ! }
 



 
I am overwhelmed & delighted & exhausted & lost for words. my life is wonderful & I will never get over how lucky I am to have these experiences. I've made hella sick friends and fashion-world connections so I'm just the happiest girl alive!!! Fashion! !! Yah! !
 
{ Full Post will be up soon! Stay tuned for fun fashion week things!! }
 
xo Cass

3.18.2015

leather & velvet

hello friends!
here's a little outfit I wore out on Saturday night
 


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leather skirt - H&M
velvet crop - F21
Necklace - Ardenes
platforms - Y.R.U
satchel - sally anne's
 
eek!! fashion week!!! is coming up!! this Friday!!!!
I'm excited & YOU SHOULD BE TOO
 
CHECK OUT MY INSTAGRAM:
@cassandraphillipsgrande
 
I'LL BE POSTING HELLA PHOTOS OF MY FRIENDS & I LOOKING HOT, DRINKING WINE, AND CRITIQUING FASHION DESIGNER'S AESTHETIC CHOICES
 
XOXO CASS

3.17.2015

HOW I GET SILVER HAIR !!!!

hello friends!!
THE SILVER HAIR { Q&A } IS FINALLY HERE!!!
 


WATCH THIS!!
HOPE THIS HELPS EVERYONE!!
xoxo Cass

3.13.2015

{2} chainz

hello friends!
I am currently procrastinating on an essay by blogging.. what's new?
 
Yesterday's Outfit
 







lately I've been landing some great deals from the UBC Women's Clothing Exchange facebook page. So many stylish ladies getting rid of their cute clothing for hella cheap!!
I'm talking like.. a few dollars {in some cases}
If you're a fellow UBC lady, check out the website
You will not be disappointed!
 
Striped Shirt - UBC WCE
Shorts - UBC WCE
Tights - Target
Boots - Seomyeon Market, Korea
Chain - Ardenes
 
xoxo Cass


3.12.2015

platinum

hello friends!!
Last weekend, my UBC Ballet girls & I had a Competition!
We won Platinum for our team dance!!
{ THIS MEANS OUR SCORE WAS HELLA HIGH }
this was my competition attire.
 
 

 


 
Cardigan - Thrifted
Pants - H&M
Bodysuit - Dance Supply Store
Space Shoes - Thrifted
 
 
yay go us!!!
love you girls!!
 
xoxo Cass