LCV at Vancouver Fashion Week March 2015

Students Use Geology as Inspiration

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September 3, 2015

Five LaSalle College Vancouver (LCV) students will be showing their collections on the runways of Vancouver Fashion Week. Each collection is themed on the various facets of geology, including mapping and minerals.

Showing at the Emerging Designers Night on October 1st, this will be LaSalle’s 12th consecutive season as a VFW partner. Acclaimed Vancouver fashion stylist Tracey Pincott is once again serving as Artistic Director, working closely with the student designers to share her industry expertise. Lizbell Agency models will help the students showcase their designs on the catwalk.

“Participating in VFW gives LaSalle’s student designers a taste of what it is like to put on a professional fashion show. This year, students have really let their creativity run wild with the geology theme as a foundation for showcasing their technique and craftsmanship,” says Diego Do Livramento, Director of LaSalle College Vancouver. “VFW is also an opportunity for the broader student body to gain practical experience- from student-designed jewellery that will accessorize the catwalk looks, to our volunteer student dressers, the LaSalle show is a team effort. We are very proud of the students, and we are excited to see the collections make their runway debut.” 

From a blank sheet of paper and a drawing pen, to fabric sourcing and pattern-making and finally sewing the final product and model fittings, the five presenting students have each created a collection of 8 looks within a short 4 month period.

Miona Nikolich was inspired by the lines and textures of architecture, combining urban aesthetic with the concept of utility to give a graphic and relaxed silhouette to her collection. With geometric cut outs and her own digital print she has created a monochromatic and youthful spin on the modern urban warrior.


Laura Torrella’s collection is inspired by minerals, particularly from Labradorite. The Inuit believe Labradorite is a “Stone of Magic” which strengthens Aura and protects against the negativity and misfortunes of the world. It is treasured for its play of colour... peacock blues, greys and various shades of green are most prominent. The collection evokes this special stone through it’s hand-crafted feeling and use of colours and materials.



Ellen Legro found her inspiration in Navajo Turquoise, which said to bring happiness, luck, success and health. In Navajo culture, the various colours that can be seen within turquoise- blue, black, white and green- represent the natural world. Ellen’s collection is informed by the stone’s natural patterns and variations, including crackling. 



Amy Herndon’s collection combines the natural beauty of vibrant minerals and the depth of geological contour maps, which is represented with stitching and the structure of geometric lines and patterns.


Nathatly Barbeiri looked to the future for  inspiration….. wanting to mix futuristic shapes with the geometry of architecture, mainly from brick, therefore cutting brick shaped rectangles and then sewing them back together to achieve the appearance of a brick wall. She created very structured pieces such as the high collars creating a futuristic look. She also hand painted the her fabric to replicate brick and emulate emeralds.

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