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By Aleesha Harris,
Vancouver Sun
September 25, 2015

The Vancouver fash­ion scene is grow­ing — and there’s no bet­ter way to ex­plore the city’s best and brightest new and es­tab­lished de­sign tal­ents than with a vis­it to the up­com­ing Vancouver Fash­ion Week.

The event, which re­turns Sept. 28 to Oct. 4 at the Chi­nese Cul­tur­al Centre (50 E Pen­der St.), show­cas­es a di­verse se­lec­tion of wares from lo­cal and inter­nation­al de­sign­ers for the spring/sum­mer 2016 sea­son.

Stumped on which show­cas­es to see and which ones to skip? While we’d rec­om­mend checking out as many as pos­sible, we also re­al­ize this may not be a pos­si­bil­ity, so we’ve round­ed up five de­sign­ers to see dur­ing this year’s event.

Get all the de­tails for this sea­son’s VFW, in­clud­ing de­sign­er bios and a com­plete sched­ule, at

Eli­za Faulk­ner

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There are fash­ion schools — and then there’s Cen­tral St. Martin’s College of Art & Design in Lon­don, Eng­land. The in­sti­tu­tion, which boasts some of the fash­ion world’s top de­sign­ers among its gradu­ates has an­other star alum­nus in lo­cal tal­ent Eli­za Faulk­ner.

The de­sign­er’s pieces have been spot­ted on ce­leb­ri­ties and cele­brat­ed by the Canadian fash­ion set, so it should come as no sur­prise that her spring/sum­mer re­lease is full of clos­et clas­sics that are not to be missed.


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De­sign­er Cas­sie Dee’s cre­ations take lo­cal to a whole new level with hand-sewn pieces that are all con­structed in lo­cal fac­tor­ies. The latest col­lec­tion, which fea­tures re­laxed sil­hou­ettes and play­ful prints, is a nod to boho-chic fash­ions, in­clud­ing wide-legged trou­sers, faux fur vests and but­ton-front midi skirts.

Al­li­son Won­der­land

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Don’t let the fairy tale-in­spired name fool you, de­sign­er Al­li­son Smith cre­ates fash­ion­able, yes, but main­ly func­tion­al wom­ens­wear pieces for her line Al­li­son Won­der­land. Smith, who debuted her line in 1998, has cre­at­ed a col­lec­tion of multipurpose, ’70s-in­spired pieces that will look as at home in the of­fice as they will on the week­end.

Connally Mc­Dou­gall

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An­other St. Martins gradu­ate, Connally Mc­Dou­gall cre­ates clothes that are tech­nic­al­ly de­signed and im­pec­cably con­structed. Tak­ing a more haute cou­ture ap­proach to fash­ion, Mc­Dou­gall of­fers ac­ces­sor­ies, ready-to-wear and in­tim­ates that are tex­tur­al­ly in­ter­est­ing while still be­ing, well, wear­able.


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Cre­ative director Sofia Méndez Schenone aims to make women feel beauti­ful with the cre­ations from her name­sake line Sofia. Of­fer­ing a com­pre­hen­sive range of wom­ens­wear pieces in­clud­ing outer­wear, dress­es and pants, the Chile-born, Vic­toria-based de­sign­er cre­ates cloth­ing that is fem­in­ine — and often colour­ful.

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