Hands up anyone who attended VFW S/S 2015 and cannot remember the insanely complex and uber-creative designs that owned last season’s runway from LaSalle’s Barcelona campus. Three designers – Elisenda Oms Selva, Talia Baker, Jon Mikeo – blew attendees away with their couture collections that merged art and fashion.
On the evening of March 18, four LaSalle College Vancouver students – Su Yang, Shunan Zeng, Yicheng Chen, Adam-Lin Bungag – will be showing their 1920s inspired collections as part of the Emerging Designers Night. Each student has created a collection of eight looks within a four month period started with an inspiration, a blank sketchpad and will end show day when the last model steps off the runway amid applause.
“Participating in VFW really gives LaSalle students a taste of what it is like to put on a professional fashion show. The 1920s theme is a perfect vehicle for the students to showcase their creativity, technique and craftsmanship,” says Diego Do Livramento, Director of LaSalle College Vancouver. “This year the students are working out of LaSalle’s beautiful new Yaletown campus. Their wonderful new learning environment and equipment added an extra dose of inspiration, and we are very proud of the students and the work they have done.”
Adam-Lin’s collection is inspired by the art of Piet Mondrian. Fusing Mondrian’s strong lines with nods to 1970s Yves Saint Laurent, streetwear and 1920s silhouettes, Adam-Lin creates a sporty collection with modern fabrics including neoprene, mesh and laser cut finishing.
Su’s collection evokes the 1920s by using the movie The Great Gatsby as her inspiration. The decades luxury is interpreted in a fresh way with boxy silhouettes, dropped waistlines and menswear references.
Shunan found his inspiration in the strength of the post World War I woman. A woman experiencing freedom and hope after the bleak brutal war years. Shunan’s designs reflect the times with a nod to a more comfortable silhouette, dropped waists and a modern boyish look.
Yicheng’s collection evokes a sense of extravagance and irreverence with sparkles, feathers and the low hip lines of the Roaring Twenties. This is Yicheng’s second showing at VFW and his collection embraces this golden age of prosperity and is reflective of the lavish extravagant parties that defined the era.