Styles wow at Couve Couture

Sold-out show featured 10 Vancouver designers

By Ashley Swanson, Columbian features news coordinator

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Downtown Vancouver celebrated a fashionable ode to spring during Saturday’s Couve Couture. Ten local designers showcased their different design perspectives during the fashion show held at the Red Lion Hotel Vancouver at the Quay. It was also Seth Aaron Henderson’s last Vancouver show before his upcoming move to Los Angeles.

“All the feedback that we’ve had so far, especially online, has been great. People are already excited for the next show,” said Alisa Ann Tetreault, one of the show’s organizers and designers.

Other designers included Nike Pappas, the recipient of the show’s junior designer scholarship, newcomers Kate Beeman, Nicole Smith of Sweet Spot Skirts, Carlie Bailes and Caryn Stockwell. It was a strong showing from returning designers Lydia Wagner, Dawn Elise and Kelsey Lovelle.

All 600 seats that could fit in the venue were filled with attendees. The event was a community effort, said Tetreault, with a volunteer staff of 200 models, hair stylists, makeup artists, caterers and audio-visual crew working to transform the hotel space. Local catering was provided by Bleu Door Bakery, Compass Coffee, Niche Wine Bar and Willem’s on Main.

After the show, designers set up tables to sell and take orders for their designs. “You couldn’t even get to the tables, because so many people wanted to talk to the designers,” Tetreault said. “To get encouragement from the people in the audience, that’s such an honor for a designer.”

“Brett (Allred) and I are already talking about next year,” Tetreault said. And if someone happens to have a warehouse Couve Couture could borrow, she said with a laugh, they’d loved to take it over for their next show.