LCV at Vancouver Fashion Week March 2014

Student show at Vancouver Fashion Week SS15

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This Vancouver Fashion Week (VFW), four our students will be showing their collections, all revolving around the theme “Modern Architecture”. This will be the college’s 9th consecutive season as a VFW partner. New this season, acclaimed Vancouver fashion stylist Tracey Pincott is serving as Artistic Director, and she is working closely with the student designers to share her industry expertise. Models from Lizbell Agency will help the students showcase their designs on the runway.

From a blank sheet of paper and a drawing pen, to fabric sourcing and pattern-making and finally sewing the final product, the four presenting students - Jesper Annerstedt from Sweden, Sonya Jang from Ottawa, Yicheng Chen from China and Rachel Liu from China- have each created a collection of 8 looks within a short 4 month period.

Jesper Annerstedt found his inspiration in the northern parts of Sweden, more specifically, the Ice Hotel in Jukkasjärvi. A combination of the structural aspects and the cold textures, Jesper came up with a futuristic, minimalistic collection with a muted colour pallet and graphic prints. Sonya Jang found her inspiration primarily from container homes and classical paintings. She admires the work of local designer Joanna Staniszkis (for her beautiful and organic textile dying) and Australia’s Toni Maticevski (for his masterful blending of tailored and draped garments).
Yicheng Chen views fashion as art which is why he choose to find his inspiration in the architectural works of Frank Gehry, most importantly the Disney Concert Hall. Gehry feels that “buildings are powerful essays in geometrical form that can sometimes exude a sense of sweetness”. Yicheng wanted to capture the essence of that one phrase and create a statement of vision. Rachel Liu`s designs are an apparent reflection of the famous modern architect Santiago Calatrava. She wanted to show how Santiago’s work mimics the shapes and motions of organic entities that at times, suggest flight or spiritual uplift.

The LaSalle College student presentation is on Thursday, March 20th, 5:00pm at the Chinese Cultural Centre. For additional information please visit

To view the video on last September's runway show, please click this link.

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