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VFW Competition – 1st place winner, Jessie Liu

The Vancouver Fashion Week competition is held once a year. Emerging designers get one chance at having a full sponsored runway collection at VFW. With so many new designers emerging and having new talent every year, it is a very hard decision when choosing the 1st place winner. Choosing is not easy, you have to take many things into consideration such as, commercial viability, technical awareness, originality, innovation, and that is just naming a few of the judging criteria.

Although, this year Jessie Liu had just that. Her collection “The Incense of Color” was nothing but refreshing and inspirational. From her abstract silhouettes and vibrant colors this designer proves to us you can create wearable art.

Jessie Liu colors Look

Her collection is the result of an ongoing collaboration with a well-known Chinese artist by the name of GuoFeng. She used her artworks as her inspiration.

The vibrant colors of his work really spoke to me in a way that no other art work have done before.

Jessie Liu white Skirt

Jessie Liu White Look

The signature of his art is a type of abstract or mosaic images with pixilated strokes. Most of his works are inspired from women or people’s portraits. But they are created in a way to elicit a surreal and mystical feelings.

I took parts from some of his paintings and reconstruct them into new motifs for our collection. My design philosophy is to infuse the abstract artworks into wearable designs. It is like creating wearable arts for my customers. 

Color print White

Colors Mosaic Jessie Liu

My target customer is a lady who has unique tastes, who is curious about the world, and lives in a sophisticated life style. She is not afraid to go for what she wants, and shows it. 

Jessie Liu Black & white

White & color Blazer

The fabrications of the collection are heavy weight silk crepe back satin, silk crepe de chine, silk chiffon, silk charmeuse and silk jersey. The accent fabrications include silk wool, stretch cotton, ponte and leather. All the prints are generated by digital and screen printing techniques. 

Blue & Pink look


Blue & Pink dress Back

Jessie Liu Print dress

We are excited to have Jessie Liu show us her S/S 2015 collection down the runway at Vancouver Fashion Week this year and can’t wait to see what her future holds.

You can see her work here: http://www.simplepairfashiondesign.com/


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