Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Obakki F/W 2011



Obakki Fall/Winter 2011 fashion show.

The evening began, and with quite a start. Through the media entrance side doors I went, and to discover such a setting. Lit was a demure, grand cathedral by a front facet of hundreds of faint white, flickering candles in staggering sizes, offset by a grand piano and central raised runway, surrounded by rows and rows of traditional wooden pews. I knew right then that this show was going to be unlike any other —it was going to be ethereal. I had forgotten about Spring at that point and entered another world —a glimpse into Autumn and Winter fashion to come. As the seats began to occupy with local shoppers, international industry, and representatives from top magazines and blogs, talk and the angelic sound of the piano filled the space, and my curiosity grew. It was said that this show would surely set a new standard for fashion shows in Vancouver. They were right.

The beautiful film you see above launched the evening, and established the tone to coincide; One of intrigue, of drama, of quiet thoughtfulness, of elegance. The dj stepped in, the music began, and to follow, was the Fall and Winter fashion show as presented by Obakki...








The sheer scale of the cathedral interior made it impossible not to feel overwhelmed by beauty, and as each piece was paraded down the runway, (with fabulous fishtail hairstyles) one just as special and unique as the other, I paused my own thoughts for a moment to listen to the sounds. Hundreds of cameras captured favorite looks, and whispers of notes to take were shared. My heart fluttered as new favorites made their way up and down the runway —I so wanted to reach out and touch the fabrics.

"Opulent fabrics of fine Japanese lace, delicate Italian silks, with angora and mohair accents. Collective neutrals of antique whites with complexities of dark ash were accented by a kaleidoscopic array of garnet red, umber brown, burnt petal, and ochre. Custom prints and washed vintage silk elevated the ornate nature of the collection. Silhouettes included sheer and billowed blouses, body conscious cocktail dresses, tiered gowns, and tapered trousers." They were stunning; and the draping —perfection. 







And after the last model made her way and overwhelming applause of appreciation was inevitable, a special surprise brought the evening to a close. (until the after party, naturally) A beautiful video showcasing where much of their foundation work occurs in Cameroon was shared and many eyes began to fill. (and all proceeds of the event were to contribute to such) An introduction to the contributing designers and closing words were spoken the owner and founder of Obakki, the lovely Treana Peake.

The evening was beautiful, and as I left, what lingered were thoughts and memories of film, sound, heart-felt giving and work, and memorable silhouettes of many, many pieces to look forward to...

Images: the talented Robyn Michelle-Lee Thompson (+ blog) Video: Filmgroup.tv via Vimeo Quote: Obakki news/blog

17 comments:

  1. so perfectly captured, sarah. i'm reliving the night again through your beautiful words... love. xoxo.

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  2. So sad to have missed it, love your re-cap, love the A/W collection. Great photos, too! x

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  3. How beautiful! It sounds like it was a truly exquisite event. Wish I could've seen it in person!

    xo Mary Jo

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  4. wow! this collection is gorgeous! i just love the neutrals. so amazing you were able to attend!

    xo.ashley

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  5. This must have been amazing to attend. Lovely photos. xx

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  6. Dear Sarah and Michelle-Lee, thank you both for beautifully sharing this amazing collection with us!

    Linda, xo

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  7. 2nd dress down: LBD with that hint of peekaboo lace! Divine. xo Lola

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  8. Such a beautifully crafted post! I love the clothes, but love them even more after hearing your thoughts!

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  9. Love this! The collection is gorgeous and what's behind it is even more beautiful! Hugs,
    Nancy xo

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  10. So incredibly beautiful - I could envision wearing every piece of this collection. Ethereal and amazing!

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  11. Obakki is wonderful isn't it?? That fringe dress is so beautiful!

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  12. It sounds and looks like a very special event, Sarah. I'm sure it was a wonderful experience. All those fine fabrics and elegant, romantic outfits form a beautiful collection. Ada

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  13. I love Obakki. it must have been wonderful to be there! thanks for sharing, Sarah! xo

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  14. It was an amazing event. Your post and the pictures summed it up perfectly!

    And what is makes it even better is the amazing Obakki team and Owner are so gracious and humble.

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  15. Lovely photos! Agreed, everyone was super nice!
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    On an unrelated note, tons and tons of merchandise! My feet hurt and are swollen. I was helping with the home products...so many pretty things! You will love it :D

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  16. felt like i was there with you. sounds beautiful and feels timeless! thanks for sharing x

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