Friday, October 10, 2014

Couture Fashion Week 2014

Couture Fashion Week 2014


Couture Fashion Week was founded in 2005 by Andres Aquino. CFW presents a series of couture and luxury fashion shows in New York City and other selected cities.


*Fine designers from around the world presenting exquisite garments and accessories

*World class entertainment

*Exhibits of art and luxury products and services

*Parties and receptions

Picture taken by Roman Zygmunt Kajzer

Pictures By: Ron Carr below

Monday, August 4, 2014

Go Fund Me!

The Kelowna Daily Courier

Jill Setah, Broadway bound

Jill Setah is trying to raise enough money to show her designs on the runway in New York Fashion Week’s Couture Show in September.

Posted: Sunday, August 3, 2014 6:00 am | Updated: 6:00 am, Sun Aug 3, 2014.
A little more than a year after graduating college, Jill Setah is headed to Fashion Week.
The Westbank resident is one of four First Nation designers selected at National Aboriginal Fashion Week to have her designs go down the runway at Couture Fashion Week in Crowne Plaza at Times Square in Manhattan from Sept. 5 to 7.  
Since finding out she was selected, the half-Chilcotin, half-Shuswap mother of four has hit the ground running to come up with the money to get to the show less than six weeks from now in New York City.
Setah estimates she will need to raise $5,000 to cover travel expenses such as flight and hotel as well as the $2,800 entrance fee for the show, which will ensure she will have models, hairstylists and make-up artists.
“I’m not afraid to work for donations or sponsors,” said Setah. “I’m going to do whatever it takes to get to New York.”
Setah’s path toward fashion design began 10 years ago when she hand-sewed a traditional outfit for her son for First Nation traditional gatherings. She was inspired to create and sew regalia, which led her to consider fashion design school.
She looked into the Centre of Arts and Technology in the summer of 2010 and got the funding to attend that October.
Two and a half years later, she graduated with a diploma in Fashion Design and Merchandising.
“Fashion design means everything,” she said. “I love that I can incorporate my First Nations culture into my clothing without it being overwhelming.”
Setah is passionate about fashion design. She loves clothes that are elegant and form fitting, sexy but not revealing.
“I get excited about having an idea in my head and then bringing it to life,” she said.
Fashion design is a labour of love for Setah.
It takes about two days for Setah to make a simple dress from scratch from manipulating the pattern on paper, tracing the pattern onto the fabric, cutting, serging and sewing. 
She works from her Westside home on her serger and sewing machine her band bought for her graduation gift.
Setah’s participation in National Aboriginal Fashion Week July 24 and 25 in Saskatoon alongside designers from across Canada and the United States was filled with firsts.
It was her first major show, her first trip on a big plane and her first time in Saskatoon.
Setah said it was both exciting and nerve-racking to see her fashions on the runway.
“My dream is be to one of the world’s top First Nations fashion designers and to make it to New York,” she said.
Setah is looking for donations including any type of gift package that can be used for a loonie auction such as a free car wash, gift cards or nail service.
Setah has a couple of fundraisers coming up at the Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society at 442 Leon Ave. in Kelowna.
There will be a Loonie Auction fundraiser Aug. 20 from 5 to 7 p.m. As well, every Thursday in August from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. the Ki-Low-Na Friendship Society will host an Indian Taco fundraiser. Tacos cost $7 and all the proceeds go to send Setah to New York.
“I’m just determined to get there,” said Setah. “Any little bit helps.”
Setah hopes to open her own business on the Westside when she returns from New York.
If you can help Setah out with a donation or sponsorship, call 250-859-1604 or email:
Check out Setah’s fashions on her 1st Lady page on Facebook.

Friday, August 1, 2014

CHBC New Interview!!!

A huge THANK YOU to Denise Barnes, Kristeen Lyseng, and Lesley Villeneuve for volunteering their time to come out and do hair and make-up!!! OUTSTANDING WORK!

Denise Barnes
Makeup Artist
(250) 215-5046

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Okanagan Fashion Designer takes her fashions to the Big Apple!

First Nations Fashion Designer, Jill Setah, takes her fashions to the Big Apple!

Westbank fashion designer, Jill Setah, is headed to the city that never sleeps!  Okanagan Woman Magazine featured Jill and her 1st Lady fashion line in the Winter 2013 issue – and we are thrilled to tell you that this young woman’s hard work and dedication has earned her a spot at Couture Fashion Week in New York City!

Just a year ago, Jill graduated from The Centre for Arts and Technology with a Fashion Design & Merchandising Diploma and had a dream to become one of the world’s top First Nations Fashion Designers – and it seems she is on her way!

Earlier this month, Jill, attended National Aboriginal Fashion Week in Saskatoon.  “I had a chance to be one of four designer's chosen to attend Couture Fashion Week in Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan,” says Jill.

And yesterday, Jill got the good news.  Her fashions will be going down the runway in New York.
Jill is a talented and inspirational Okanagan Woman, mother of four, who has the opportunity of a lifetime – and Okanagan Woman Magazine wants to help her get to New York City! And you can help, too!

Over the next two weeks, Okanagan Woman Magazine will give 100 % of its subscription sales toward Jill’s travel costs and other expenses. Yep, we’re on a subscription drive to New York!  When you buy a subscription to Okanagan Woman Magazine from now until August 15th, not only will you get a pretty good magazine delivered right to your door, you’ll help Jill follow her fashion passion to the big apple.  That’s a win win!

A subscription for one year is just $15.75 and two years is an even better value at $24.15. Want to know more about Jill? Read her story here. Then subscribe here to support Jill's trip to Couture Fashion Week!

Monday, July 28, 2014

To Whom It May Concern:

My name is Jill Setah and I am First Nations Fashion Designer from the Chilcotin Nation my reserve is located 90 km west of Williams Lake, BC Canada and my people are the Yunesit'in people however I  reside here in the Okanagan Valley on the Westbank First Nations reserve HOWEVER I AM NOT Westbank First Nations need to make that clear!. I recently attended National Aboriginal Fashion Week 2014 July 24 and 25, 2014 in Saskatoon, SK. By attending this fashion show I was able to be one of four designer’s chosen to take part in New York Fashion Weeks, Couture show in Crowne Plaza Times Square Manhattan September 5, 6, 7, 2014. And guess what I was chosen!!! Now I am in a mad dash to get support of funding to attend the Fashion Show! So please I am asking for help in any way possible even if it’s just getting the word out or helping me in finding sponsor’s or donations. Please help me make my dreams come true!!!

In Friendship,

Jill Setah
3501 White Tail Way
Westbank, BC
Cell (250)859-1604

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