Inside Fashion’s Night Out’s pre-party in Vancouver: Jason Matlo’s stellar fall showcase, stylish partygoers and more!

Photography by Peter Jensen
Photography by Peter Jensen

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Vancouver announced it’s coming out of the closet and into the streets and stores to throw its own official Fashion’s Night Out (FNO) on September 6 of this year. The invite for the launch-come-fashion show decreed “afternoon elegance” as the dress code to suit the Shangri-La Hotel location, and most attendees obliged.

At the press conference, details of the event were announced by Vancouver Fashion Showcase, the licensed local organizer of the global initiative instigated in 2009 by Anna Wintour, and advisory team Alexandra Suhner Isenberg of Searching for Style and designer Jason Matlo. The September event is expected to include the participation of 90-some fashion and beauty retailers, as well as restaurants.

Since press conferences aren’t exactly titillating, there were pre-cocktails and an après fashion show for Matlo’s Fall 2012 collection (he’ll show his Spring 2013 collection on the evening of FNO). Guests that heel-shuffled from lobby to front row of the outdoor runway included actress Carly Pope, stylist Leila Bani, and FASHION Style Panel contributors Alicia Quan of Alicia Fashionista and Niki Blasina of A Haute Mess. Fittingly, some of Matlo’s black over white lace overlays seemed to create a cityscape outline. Perhaps that’s what we’ll wear to shop till we drop come September.