VANCOUVER FASHION WEEK’S FALL/WINTER 2014 COLLECTIONS, PRESENTED BY COVERGIRL, PANTENE AND OLAY, STARTS OFF WITH A TEASER OF DESIGNERS’ COLLECTIONS AT THE OPENING GALA

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Whoever said there’s no diversity on the runway has never been to Vancouver Fashion Week. Tuesday’s Opening Gala was a celebration of ethnic and stylistic diversity. From flamenco dancers to classical pianists,designers from Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas, with models short, tall, and of all ethnicities, the Fall/Winter 2014 Collections kicked off with a bang.

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Musical group Les Noces Gitanes started off the night with their fusion of flamenco, Balkan and Middle Eastern music. They were followed by pianist duo Scott Meek and Clare Young, who by the way had the privilege of wearing a design by Australian label Green Embassy, and Alina Kozlovskaja, who serenaded the crowd with her performance of “Endless Dreams and Butterfly”.

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Make-A-Wish BC & Yukon’s Nancy Tardioli then took to the stage to introduce the lovely design created by Vancouver label Nina Tan for VFW’s Make-A-Wish collaboration, modeled by Alicia, the lucky girl who’s dream we were able to make come true.

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And then the moment everyone was waiting for – 44 designers sent a teaser of their collections down the runway.  One at a time, standing at the entrance to the runway like proud parents, they watched as models strutted their creations to the beat of the drum.

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