Tuesday, May 3, 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.
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