The energy has just shifted in the city; with the early spring we have received we seem to welcome changes with open arms and an open mind. This spring in particular will be highly anticipated, as the 2015 Vancouver Fashion Week (VFW) has teamed up with Blueprint to be the official sponsor of the celebration that not only embraces fashion, but as a local arts festival, which include hair, makeup, music, and expressionism to name a few. In the past, VFW has held after parties at past legendary venues like the W2 Storeyum in Gastown, that doubled as a museum and an arts/gallery space. This is a huge breakthrough for both VFW and Blueprint, through accessibility and some of the events and venues it works with anyway, yet also due to the artistic and visual appeal that VFW always brings to the table.
This year will surely have a stronger buzz on a larger scale, and as local events coordinator Yana Petrova put it, “fashion and music go hand in hand… the Blueprint after parties give a chance carry the energy of Vancouver Fashion Week to the general public who did not attend the shows and give them the opportunity to connect with the fashion industry here in Vancouver”. The partnership between this local, week-long event and the expanding promotions company is said to be planting the seed for what will be a long term collaboration, “which will include connecting members of the fashion industry with members of the music industry in Vancouver as well as providing entertainment to our international designers visiting from across the world”, Petrova continued to explain. Two out of the three after parties will take place at weekly events that go on in Vancouver nightlife, including Celebrities famed Tuesday night and L.E.D’s REUPTRIPPYSHIT on Wednesday. The third and hugely awaiting after party will take place at M.I.A. in the throat of Gastown, opening its rejuvenated doors.
The space has always been interesting, but what M.I.A. will do differently is more on the unconventional side. A project that took a year in the making, the nightclub will have an underground and house party type vibe (Blueprint has kindly announced that the space would like to refrain from photography for an ambient full effect), geared with Funktion One sound systems, a sake bar, and L.E.D light installations. The masters behind M.I.A. have also released some interesting abstract photography of areas around the nightclub; near the damp railway tracks along the waterfront, an exposed skytrain whipping by on the platform, and the busy street corner on Cordova at the brink of dusk. All of these shots are enhanced with three futuristic cubes in mid-air, yet blending in quite well with their surroundings. Maybe M.I.A .might not be all that hard to miss once it’s open.
Check out any of the three after parties starting tomorrow night: