A free fashion show is happening in Vancouver in August 2022

Ever wanted to rub elbows with the stylish folk at a fashion show? Now you can, for free! 

“Rose & Thorn: Where Fashion Meets Fun” will turn Robson Square into a runway on August 12 from 5-8 p.m., showcasing nine local designers and three downtown retailers.

Downtown’s first free-to-the-public fashion show is organized by the Downtown Vancouver Business Improvement Association (DVBIA) and will also include drag and dance performances, dancing, live music and a public modelling contest, where anyone from the audience can win a luxurious prize.

Inspired by fashion weeks around the world, the show will have pink florals trail along the runway with large digital screens overlooking the show, details a DVBIA news release.

A variety of Vancouver vogue will parade down the runway, from streetwear to unisex apparel, featuring iconic Vancouver brands like Dipt Kicks.

Vancouverites will also get a chance to show off their modelling skills at the “Walk the Runway” contest with prizes from Lumiére Spa, Lucid Motors, Mine and Yours, Good Co. Bars and Stock and Supply Vancouver.

Here’s the full designer lineup:

Local Designers

  • Carlie Wong
  • Pattern Nation
  • Thirty-Seven East
  • Sleepless Mindz
  • She Means Business
  • Oge Ajibe
  • Shawna McLellan
  • Uwi Twins
  • Lav + Kush

Local Retailers

  • Dipt Kicks
  • Shelley Klassen
  • American Eagle

Rose & Thorn: Where Fashion Meets Fun

When: August 12 from 5-8 p.m.

Where: Robson Square

Cost: Free

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Vancouver welcomes a niche UK-based sneaker brand with grand opening

The renowned sneaker and clothing brand size? just unveiled its outlet in Vancouver on July 30, only its second flagship store in the country.

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The store is located at 833 Bute Street. The move comes in after size? opened its doors for the first time ever in Canada two weeks ago.

It launched the brand on the corner of Queen and Ossington in Toronto on July 16.

The announcement read: “size? is looking to build Canadian sneaker and streetwear culture up to its full potential, and Toronto is the perfect launchpad.”

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size? was born in the UK in 2000 and takes pride in being a niche and sought-after footwear brand. After being in the industry for the last two decades, it has branched out on a global scale. 

The retailer, part of the JD Sports Fashion Group, explained its intention behind expanding its venture to Canada on its official website. 

“size? is now a global phenomenon with a growing innovative community who are proud to celebrate and support the culture that surrounds the product the brand stands for,” the website reads in part.

size? Vancouver is now open Monday through Sunday between 11 am and 8 pm, so grab your favourite pair any day of the week!

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