Vancouver Fashion Week S/S 17 - LaSalle College Vancouver

Runway photos by Harry Leonard Imagery

One show I look forward to every season is the LaSalle College Vancouver's (LCV) student showcase. The number of students and the focus changes each season. Usually they are Vancouver students, but one season the school even brought in collections from LC institutions around the world.

For this runway show, five of LCV's student designers hailing from Canada, Ghana and China were challenged to find inspiration from various different elements and forms in daily life such as withered flowers and architecture. Fabric choices ranged from handmade crochet and lace, chiffon, psychedelic art print on double knit, luxurious sequin, dupioni silk to metallic vinyl and no two collections were the same.

From the press release - "Acclaimed Vancouver fashion stylist Tracey Pincott is serving as Artistic Director, working closely with the student designers. Lizbell Agency models will help the students showcase their designs on the catwalk and Nimbus School of Recording Arts will produce the mixing of the music for the show with their engineering class.

Kudos to all involved on another great show this season!

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Zory Sun | China

COLLECTION INSPIRATION This collection is inspired by Psychedelic Art. This collection incorporates a lot of prints to depict the inner world of the psyche. You can also see this collection as a visual display of mind manifesting in Fashion.

SHORT BIO Zory studied visual arts and sculpture in China prior to pursuing her fashion design dream. Combining the skills and knowledge she learned from both sculpture and fashion, Zory creates garments with unique shapes and structure.

Hannah Vanderveen | Canada

COLLECTION INSPIRATION This collection is inspired by a warm summer evening at the lake; the colours of the sunset dancing over the gentle waves and ripples of the water.

SHORT BIO Hannah recently moved to Vancouver to pursue her interest in fashion design at LaSalle College. Originally from Manitoba, she has lived the past number of years in Calgary where she taught high school math and science. Her recent career change is the result of her love of adventure, her need to be challenged, and a love of learning.

Erica NanaAma Fouillard | Ghana

COLLECTION INSPIRATION “Soft Power” was inspired by sun beams creating silhouettes that combine both warm and soft elements. The fabrics mimic the strong and forceful nature of the sun.

SHORT BIO After graduating from university with a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration (Marketing), Erica worked in the fashion and hospitality industry in Ghana. She came to Vancouver in 2015 to pursue her passion in fashion design at LaSalle College Vancouver

Mona Zhao | China

COLLECTION INSPIRATION This collection is a play on two contrary inspirations; the beauty of imperfection and the idea that sometimes things are perfect the way they are. All flowers on the garments are handmade and sewn on somewhat unfinished. This creates a contrast against the elegant fabrics and fitted silhouettes.

SHORT BIO Mona studied fine arts in China before arriving at LaSalle College Vancouver to study fashion design. She would like to use her experiences in life as her muse to create garments as she enters the industry.

Zi Xia “Zee” | China

COLLECTION INSPIRATION This collection is inspired by the clean lines found in Zen architecture and the silhouettes from the Tibetan Buddhist robe “Kasaya”. The garments are designed to evoke calmness with a hint of modern class. Various materials are used to mirror Zen architecture and minimalism including cork, layers of translucent vinyl and metallic fabrics.

SHORT BIO Before beginning her journey in fashion design, she studied at UOIT in Social Policy. While in Toronto, she performed frequently as a singer in the Chinese Community, as well as taking part in a collaborative album “My Ears Only Hear Fine Sounds.” In China, Zee also runs a business selling Buddhist fine art, boutique fashion and home furnishings.

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About LaSalle College Vancouver (

Established in 1998, LaSalle College Vancouver (LCV) is a boutique design school accredited by BC’s Private Career Training Institutions Agency (PCTIA) and meets the provincial British Columbian Education Quality Assurance (EQA). Offering diploma programs in Fashion Design, Fashion Merchandising, Interior Design, Jewellery Design, Graphic Design, Professional Photography and 2D/3D Animation as well as a certificate in Artistic Makeup, LCV has doubled its student population since it inaugurated its new campus in Yaletown in 2014. LCV also offers e-learning programs in Fashion Marketing, Administrative Assistant, Video Game 3D Modeling, Interior Design, Graphic Design – Branding and Event Planning and Management.