Vancouver Fashion Week S/S2015 Highlights

September 29, 2014 6:34 pm

It was a whirlwind last week in Vancouver and I have just now caught my breath enough to post about what happened. This is just a quick ‘taste’ of what I got up to – there is plenty more, trust me!

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I was so used to the feel of Australia, its smell, and colours. Early in my visit, I was able to discover the new backdrop of a different continent and land. Here was my first experience of an on-the-land photo shoot with model and socialite, @SkyeBerryPie aka Skye Natasha Lintott.

Model: Skye Natasha Lintott

Hair: Jennifer (Grassroots Hair ecosalon)

Make-up: Hailey and Stephanie (She’s so Eco)

Photographer: Zuhal Kuvan-Mills

Raising the Hemline

The Public Art project coordinated by Patti Desante, Raising the Hemlines, was launched. My blank canvas dresses were decorated by the public, with the first piece of artwork done by myself and placed on the dress worn by a model at the Downtown Vancouver Farmers Market.

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Amanda Prepares for Paris

My evenings were also busy, starting with a fundraising event for Amanda Oiom, my gorgeous model who is going to hit the Paris runway with Green Embassy at World Fashion Week Trade Show.

Amanda runway

backstage

 

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Behind the Designs

My amazing host Helen Siwak of Kitsilano Kitty’s Closet, my lovely friend Patti Desante, Australian Vancouver Honorary Consul Kevin Lamb, my new Vancouverian Team and my lovely models. This was at the Behind the Designs artist talk.

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Zuhal and Helen

Zuhal Behind the Design Talk Vancouver Zuhal Kuvan-Mills of Green Embassy behind the design

Opening Gala

The Opening Gala. I am accompanied by my lovely models: Ben Williams, Katie Stuart, Lollie, Martin, Amanda Oiom (amongst others), back stage.

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It was an amazing week – and now it’s Paris to continue the whirlwind! Follow my social media to keep in touch: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

The Province: Vancouver Fashion Week S/S 2015 – Green Embassy

September 27, 2014 1:50 pm

Ed Ng hotography Green Embassy

Australian-based Green Embassy had its first Vancouver runway show last season at Vancouver Fashion Week F/W 2014 with couture proffered more as great works of art than mere fashion, and setting the bar high for eco-friendly designs. Zuhal Kuvan-Mills is the artist behind the canvas — she prefers to be recognized as an artist rather than just a designer — who specializes in handcrafted textiles made from organic alpaca and merino fibres, from animals raised on her own farm in Western Australia.

Read more herehttp://bit.ly/1rrulpL

Metro Living Zine: 12 Days to the Runway! VFW S/S 2015 – Green Embassy

September 27, 2014 1:41 pm

Helen Siwak Green Embassy

Ten minutes later a curious woman approached and asked me a question about something which I do not remember now but we started talking and found we had a common interest in animal welfare and rescue groups – her in Turkey and myself in Greece, the environment and healthy eating. She was charming with her accent and the rest, as they say, is history. She was Zuhal Kuvan-Mills of Green Embassy and I was taken with her drive and her fantastic life story. We talked forever and I even modeled one of her gorgeous cruelty-free organic dresses off the runway and in many photos that evening.

Read more herehttp://bit.ly/YnNjCl

Posing in Vintage: Green Embassy SS2015 Collection

September 27, 2014 1:35 pm

Posing in Vintage VFW Green Embassy

It’s no wonder Vancouver Fashion Week gave the closing honours to this show. Green Embassy embodies the spirit of sustainability and ecostyle and transforms it into couture fashion that anyone can appreciate.

I anticipate to be seeing much more from this amazing beacon of organic fashion.

Read more herehttp://bit.ly/1pxpPAL

Olio by Marilyn: Vancouver Fashion Week S/S 15 – Day 3 Shows

September 27, 2014 1:31 pm

ed ng photography Green Embassy Vancouver Fashion Week

I love Green Embassy and all it stands for. Founder Zuhal Kuvan-Mills also has an amazingly soft heart and during our interview, her deep passion became oh so apparent. She comes to the fashion industry through a totally different route.  A trained vet who raises her own herd of Alpacas, she has an abiding love for all animals.  She has also been an educator and is an established artist with many installations to her name – some with strong social statements.  Her textiles led her into the fashion world when she started draping them on models and they were taken for gowns. That was a year ago and she has since shown in London, Vancouver, China, New Zealand and is shortly off to Paris. Excerpt from her VFW bio – “Zuhal Kuvan-Mills is a Turkish-born Australian Visual artist, Textile and Organic certified ( GOTS) haute-couture fashion designer The Western Australia -based creator has two unique eco-sustainability labels to her name – Atelier Zuhal, an artisan studio specialising in handmade textiles using certified organic alpaca and merino fibres, and Green Embassy, a cutting-edge ‘slow fashion’ clothing label employing earth-friendly, hand-crafted techniques…Both labels also intensely celebrate the spirit of sustainability. They fuse zero-waste production, ‘conscious ethics’ and ancient techniques with luxurious, sumptuous and alluring works designed to be passed down from generation to generation.”

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Robin Whachell Blogger: Green Embassy returns to Vancouver Fashion Week

September 27, 2014 1:22 pm

Zuhal Behind the Design Talk Vancouver

I was honoured to attend an Artist’s Talk hosted by Helen Siwak of Kitsilano Kitty’s Closet over the weekend to hear Zuhal Kuvan-Mills (seen above left)  a Turkish-born Australian visual artist, textile and organic certified (GOTS) haute-couture fashion designer speak about her product and inspirations, “Beyond the Design.”  The Australian Honorary Consul Kevin Lamb even attended to show his support.

I met Zuhal last season at Vancouver Fashion Week and was in awe of her unique pieces made from felt and weaving of the alpaca she raises in Perth, Australia. “I am a farmer and a scientist first,” she said.  Zuhal graduated in 1986 from Istanbul University as a veterinarian surgeon.  She went on to lecture in animal science and conservation.

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She’s So Eco Blog: Haute Couture with an organic artisan heart

September 27, 2014 1:17 pm

Zuhal Kuvan-Mills of Green Embassy

Zuhal Kuvan-Mills may be a Fashion Week Darling (she just showed her designs in New Zealand, is about to do it again here in Vancouver, and then it’s off to Paris), but don’t call her a fashion designer.  “I’m an artist who makes clothes,” the Haute Couture visionary explains, adding that she has no formal education in fashion and that she sort of stumbled into the industry by accident. (She was inspired last year to turn her textiles into clothing, and Green Embassy was born.)

Read more here: http://bit.ly/1qF1glN

The Bahamas Weekly: VFW kicks off with 70 international designers on the roster

September 27, 2014 1:13 pm

Raising the Hemline

VFW founder Jamal Abdourahman is hosting the biggest fashion week Vancouver has ever seen. The Opening Gala was definitely a taste of the week coming with plenty of emerging talent, and innovative fashion.

Returning this season is Evan Clayton, Green Embassy, Connally McDougall, Hong Kiyoung, Nikkie Babie, Pappillon, Shelly Klassen blushing boutique, Dawson & Deveraux and others. LaSalle College, a design school in Vancouver will be showcasing on Wednesday evening.

Read more here: http://bit.ly/1Cuy0a3

Press Release: GREEN EMBASSY Set to Take Over Runway

September 27, 2014 1:08 pm

Skye Nastaha and Zuhal Kuvan-Mills of Green Embassy

Captivating fashion organic couture line, GREEN EMBASSY, (http://greenembassy.com.au/), has just announced that they will officially be participating in the upcoming Vancouver Fashion Week taking place in Vancouver, Canada from September 15 to September 21.  The semiannual event will feature award winning designers from over 30 fashion capitals around the world, and will host around 2,500 guests that includes industry professionals, buyers, editors, media and VIPs.

Zuhal Kuvan-Mills, designer and creator of GREEN EMBASSY, will be presenting her women’s and men’s S/S 15 collection, “Connected to Land”, which has already garnered great feedback from its showing at the PLITZS New York Fashion Week China, and just recently in July at New Zealand Eco-Fashion week.  With each fashion week presentation, GREEN EMBASSY’s collections become a strong source of conversation for the slew of unique elements that the line adds to the fashion industry.

Read more here: http://bit.ly/YnFQmV

VanCity Buzz: Article on Amanda Oiom, Model

September 27, 2014 1:02 pm

Amanda Oiom Green Embassy Model

The last few years Amanda has had amazing opportunities from shoots to runways and worked with many talented people. She has been invited by an amazing designer from Australia,  Zuhal Kuvan-Mills (Green Embassy), who will be showcasing at Vancouver fashion week again in September, to go to Paris with her at world fashion week at the end of September.

Read more here: http://bit.ly/1xq607j