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#EcoLuxLuv: Designers & Neon Dreams

In the lavish chandelier draped ballroom of the historic Hotel Vancouver, the 2016 graduating class of the award-winning Blanche Macdonald Centre, presented one of the most exciting runway I have seen in years.

Entitled Neon Dreams, the 15 fashion design graduates showed incredible vision, tailoring, and invention in the crafting and presentation of their dreams. Many worked with recycled materials, unconventional fabrics, and forms.

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Natalia Pavanelli | Peter Bo Jensen Photography

Natalia Pavanelli, debuted her collection ESPIRITA. A collection inspired by the fusion of African Voodoo, Wicca and Catholicism. Natalia was awarded with Best Achievement in Illustration and Portfolio Presentation.

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Kirsten Ley | Peter Bo Jensen Photography

Kirsten Ley, whose collection The Unbearable Lightness of Being is a compilation of silhouettes symbolic of her experience living with scoliosis. Kristen was honoured with the Best Overall Achievement award.

Of all the designers, the following five stood out in my eyes for bringing creativity, mystique, and incredible innovation, to the runway.

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Cailyn Sio | Peter Bo Jensen Photography

 

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Julian Leclerc | Peter Bo Jensen Photography

 

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Ninon Parent | Peter Bo Jensen Photography

 

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Jontay Kahm | Peter Bo Jensen Photography

 

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Haley Oh | Peter Bo Jensen Photography

Congratulations to the graduating class of 2016!

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