In a storm of lights and smoke, Swedish indie pop sensation Lykke Li entered the darkly draped Vogue Theatre stage with a great flourish. Wearing a high cut Japanese-esque overdress allowing glimpses of a bodysuit, she was the epitmany of sexy and stylish.
Sulty and quirky at the same time, Lykke Li draws you in with her bold personality and infectious pop sounds. The sell out crowd was hanging on her every word (even though some lyrics are hard to decifer above the music and cheers) as she played her way through the 80 minute set. The crowd could easily have danced along for hours longer. Let’s hope that next time Lykke Li returns to Vancouver she plays a much larger venue, judging by how early this show sold out, there are probably a lot of people who missed out on seeing her. She is definitely not to be missed!
The 2011 Eco Fashion Week Vancouver kicked off with a great opening party at the Aveda Institute Vancouver. Aveda is a perfect presenting partner for Eco Fashion Week as they both have a great philosophy that fashion doesn’t have to forgo sustainability in the pursuit of style. The flagship Aveda Institute in the heart of Vancouver’s Gastown neighbourhood is a great venue for this (or any event) as the training area opens up into a large function space. Warmly welcomed with sushi from Sushi Zero One and a cocktail made with organic Schramm Vodka from Pemberton Distillery, a NatureLand Organic Lager or Painted Turtle Wine the event took on a convivial atmosphere. Add in an Aveda Hand Ritual or Stress-Relieving massage using the Aveda’s signature aromatic essential oil based products and the evening was off to a perfect start!
Eco Fashion Week President Myriam Laroche welcomed the guests with a few words to kick off this second celebration of environmentally conscious designers, manufacturers and retailers.
Witty banter, brilliant musicianship and great vocals highlight Brendan Benson’s set at Venue. Backed by a tight sounding three quarters of The Posies, Brendan’s folksy lyrics are perfect early evening listening. Being an early show (2130) and supporting headlining act The Posies, the crowd was a bit slow to grow to capacity but that didn’t stop the band from delivering an excellent 35 minute set.
Having only ever seen Brendan headline as part of The Raconteurs I hope to get to see a solo headline gig sometime soon. Until then I’m very happy with what’s delivered tonight!
I can’t think of many other actress / singer’s side projects taken as seriously as Zooey Deschanel & M. Ward’s ‘She & Him’ The buzz surrounding this project is huge! Since my friend David and I didn’t know their music very well we thought we’d check out what the buzz was all about. This gig at the beautiful Orpheum Theatre in Vancouver and the last one on their world tour, certainly lived up to it! Although we were a bit put off by the “No Photographs” signs posted on the doors and the hawkish security guards around the auditorium. Soon the poppy goodness of Zooey’s lovely folk inflected voice won us over. As she bounced around the stage with her tambourine, M. Ward displayed his serious guitar skills. Soon the ‘hipster’ heavy audience warmed up and the duo seemed to warm up too, loosening up onstage. Half way through the set Zooey invited everyone to get on their feet and dance, which the whole audience took to heart, many of them rushing closer to the stage. Security seems to have loosened up a bit too as they allowed the fans to crowd the stage as well as take photos. Zooey did make one point to ask people not to take flash photos so not to temporarily blind them on stage. The 90 minute set comprised songs from their two albums; Volume One & Volume Two, interwoven with some classic cover songs well suited to their alt-folk style. In fact their encore was completely covers; Fools Rush In, Roll Over Beethoven and I Put A Spell On You. The arrangements of the old songs blended well with the new and put the distinct ”She&Him” stamp to the whole set. Overall the cuteness of Zooey’s stage presence, combined with the serious musician vibe of M. Ward made for an amazing night. They said “we’ll be back” and I hope they are soon…I’d go see them again!
Eco Fashion Week Vancouver presented by Aveda begins this week, running September 27-30th, 2010 it is a gathering of eco-designers, fashion buyers and media. All come together to promote collections of environmentally friendly, trend setting fashion.
It’s mission statement is: To Celebrate Responsible Principles And Style To Identify And Refine Sustainable Industry Practices To Educate And Inform About Eco-friendly Fashion
As the Fashion Industry, like many others, shifts it’s focus toward environmentally sound practices, Eco-Fashion Week highlights designers committed to recycled, organically grown and locally produced collections.
In addition to runway shows at the new Creekside Community Centre, the week also features a tradeshow and lectures from Nobel Prize Winner Dr Andrew Weaver and model/activist Summer Rayne Oakes plus others.
Tickets are still available so check out some of the events and fashion throughout the week.