Sabina Stanne Lauch

All images courtesy of Kuna Photography

Sabina Stanne was born in Europe and moved to British Columbia in 2008. Her mission?  Own a business and succeed as a fashion designer. The first step - studying fashion design at Lasalle College Vancouver - was complete in 2010.  The 2nd was taken on March 27th when she launched her first capsule collection. "Bridging the gap between classy and unconventional...," this tight grouping of feminine dresses were proof positive her dream had become a reality.

With the assistance of Rachel McHollister from Social Mod PR, the designer took over the enclosed mall walkway outside of Luxe Beauty Lounge in Yaletown. One end was blocked by a white curtain for the models to be prepped behind and to provide a backdrop for the runway show. The open area offered a chance for those attending to mingle, listen to great music spun by DJ Chelsea All Day and enjoy a glass of wine along with a tasty treat provided by Vivi's Cupcakes, Sweets and Treats.

Designer Sabina Stanne in middle.

Guests included friends, family and many from Vancouver's fashion/media industry - Andy Chu (Arc 2 Intertainment) and Natalie Langston (Novus TV), co-producers of the new reality show My Pet Diaries; Rony Walia from Darpan Magazine; Josh Langston of The Social Life; Vanessa Fors from Sugoi Performance Apparel; TV Host/Reporter Mandy Ross; Dominique Hanke of Hive Mind Millinery; fashion stylist Claudia DaPonte; Bernard of One1One Magazine; Christina Chan of Really Literal; and Jennifer Gray of Jennyfleur Loves Boutique.

The evening's fashion show offered seven looks ranging from body hugging to softly flowing.  Stanne embraced her European heritage, added a strong dash of elegance and finished it off with a selection of quality silk satins, chiffons and laces from Italy and Turkey. F/W '13 focused on high-quality, detail-oriented, elegant dresses that embrace a woman's curves and emphasize both her softness and strength. The designer shared, "I wanted to bring out the femininity in a woman and show her offer her the option to look elegant throughout the entire day."

I loved the flow, colour and print of the blue dress at the right. The soft fabric floated subtly around the model's curves giving a sexy hint of what was underneath.  Choosing to bare the shoulders was a great finishing touch.  Understated and bold at the same time, I think this design could be worn by a wide range of women. And it's versatile. Glam it up with dramatic luxury jewellery paired with bold makeup/hair and it could be worn at a high end event. With the same colour belt, more natural makeup and Bohemian jewellery it becomes the perfect for resort wear.

Details such as cut-outs and exposed backs were evident as seen in the 2 examples below - one more casual and one Red Carpet with a capital R.  The dress on the left was a statement making piece. Red is such a dramatic colour that the silhouette of the garment can be tricky. Colour and design must balance perfectly. The simple bodice shape, asymmetrical back cut-out, flowing skirt and high leg slit with button detail were great notes to pair with the dramatic red hue. Stanne found just the right blend to create a look that was smooth, sleek and show-stopping all at the same time. Reality TV star Mary Zilba's stylist was so impressed with the collection, she selected several looks for Zilba to wear during her upcoming appearance on The Shopping Channel.

Special thanks this evening go to all those who contributed to make this evening special: Geneva Biggers and Judy Wong who created the model's makeup, Nissa who styled the model's hair, the great volunteers and the evening's sponsors - Mirror Mirror Bijoux, Luxe Beauty Salon, Sunflower Florest, Aruhndara and Vivi Cupcakes, Sweets and Treats.

For more information on this collection please contact the designer through her website at