Vancouver Fashion Week

Alisa Tovmanyan
New York Fashion Week may be over, but fashion week has only just begun in Vancouver. The 26th Vancouver Fashion Week premiered on Monday at the Chinese Cultural Centre of Greater Vancouver with over 100 designer collections–the event’s largest number of designers ever! While VFW features designers from around the globe, there were a handful of designers from the US, all with beautiful SS16 collections.
Los Angeles native Alisa Tovmanyan debuted her latest collection, “Spring Time in Armenia.” Her pieces feature a combination of artist Tsolak Shahinyan’s prints, a modern silhouette shape, and a variety of textures. Highlighting her passion for fashion, Toymanyan states, “Everyday, we put on more than just a garment, we put on an identity.”
Learning detailed embroidery at a young age, Mai Vang channeled her creative passion into attending The Art Institute in San Francisco for Fashion Design. After graduating in 2008, Vang began the pursuit of her dream: to create a fashion house. Inspired by her Hmong culture and its bright, colorful clothing, Mai Vang’s MAIV spring line designs spin a modern take on simplistic styles. Many of the clothes are loose-fitting for optimal comfort.
Molly O’Brien
Interested in eco-friendly fashion? MXN has got you covered. Originally formed as Nune Hov Couture LLC, the fashion brand features collections created entirely from repurposed materials. MXN also gets its materials from local communities and tribes as a volunteer effort to empower people of areas that need funding.
Another US designer is 16-year-old Molly O’Brien from Omaha, NE. Already a veteran of Omaha and Kansas City fashion weeks, this young designer is ready to debut her SS16 collection at Vancouver Fashion Week and present her work to an international audience.
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