Vancouver Fashion Week: Opening Gala

Two loves of my life are traveling and fashion. This week I got the fabulous opportunity to pair the two together by attending Vancouver Fashion Week. On Monday (after 3 hours of sleep post Drake and Lil Wayne) I took the 7:20 AM train to Canada and arrived in Vancouver at about 11:30.  After checking into my cheap hotel and frantically stuffing a vegetarian crepe into my very hungry self, I headed to the fitting for the opening gala of this fashion event. Although I was originally supposed to walk in OLYA's show, which didn't end up happening, I still ended up finding  a designer who needed a model so disaster was avoided!

Different sizes of shoes for the models
Loved the sheer detailing on my dress!

Before the complete jumble of people...
After my fitting with Mode Laboratory  I had a little bit of time to meander before hair and makeup and so I decided to head to Starbucks to get some coffee (and wifi). While on my way to get this caffeine I was stopped by   who wanted a snap of my outfit. Seeing as I'm obsessed with street style blogs I was quite happy to have been spotted for my own personal style! So stay on the lookout for that on his blog.

A view inside the backstage magic.

When I got back to the tents for the hair and makeup section of the evening I can tell you the atmosphere was very very busy inside. I'm not sure if I should call it organized chaos or just chaos, but there were definitely a huge amount of people rushing in and out, each with their own business in mind. But since I had only one look to worry about I only had to focus on staying with my designer and making sure we were in the correct spot for the show. As far as for the actual runway portion of the show I think I did a good enough job of walking and since there were no wardrobe malfunctions or falling I would have to count it as a success!

Overall I had a great time at the Opening Gala of VFW, and I loved seeing all the stylish people inside, each with their own personalized looks. Not to mention it was really interesting getting to see so many photographers and video camera crews in action...

Oh and the makeup look of the day ( aka post show i-phone shot)
Now stay tuned for Day 1 of the shows and a little bit of rambling about Vancouver in general. Oh and be sure to read my article on Shinya Yamaguchi's collection I wrote on TOOVIA: