Montreal Fashion Week calling Vancouver talent

Wed, Feb 8, 2012

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Montreal Fashion Week calling Vancouver talent

Metro Vancouver, BC – (February 9, 2012) – After submitting his designs to the Montreal Fashion Week committee, Kwantlen fashion student, Earl Luigi was selected as one of six "designers to watch" during Montreal Fashion Week. The chosen six will participate in a concept room called Exhibit 22 which will feature new and emerging designers in the early stages of their careers. Luigi will highlight his most prized pieces along with a sneak preview of his upcoming Fall/ Winter 2012/2013 collection, LLUI.

Since being crowned "Canada's Breakthrough Designer" in the Télio Competition at Montreal Fashion Week 2011, Luigi's career has skyrocketed. Fashion blogs, newspapers, magazines (including Elle Canada and Fame'd) have paid attention. He created an origami-inspired capsule collection as part of the Japan Love Project – an art project fundraising to help communities affected by the Japanese tsunami. He also ranked as a top-20 finalist in the London-based, international Hand and Lock embroidery competition, all while completing his fourth year of his Bachelor of Design, Fashion and Technology.

Growing up in the Philippines, Luigi never imagined showing his creations at Canada's largest and most recognized fashion week, let alone twice before graduation. He feels very blessed to have received so many opportunities while meeting a variety of influential people.

His graduating collection caters to the artistic woman who appreciates fashions offering wear-ability and art. Each piece is designed as an investment with beautiful handwork, textile art, forward-thinking pattern cuts and eloquent draping that encompasses true conceptual design. Each creation serves as a visual voice to his LLUI clientele.

On April 3, 2012 Earl Luigi will showcase his collection along with 32 other talented designers, at the Kwantlen Grad Fashion Show at the RiverRock Casino Theatre in Richmond.

Third year fashion student, Peggy Cheng, will also be participating in Montreal Fashion Week's Télio Design Competition as one of 25 national finalists; Cheng will feature feature a theme of Red+Rouge.

Kwantlen Polytechnic University has been serving the Metro Vancouver region for more than 30 years, and has opened doors to success for more than 250,000 people. Four campuses—Richmond, Surrey, Cloverdale and Langley—offer a comprehensive range of sought-after programs, including business, liberal arts and science, design, health, trades and technology, apprenticeships, horticulture, and academic and career advancement. Over 17,500 students annually have a choice from over 200 programs, including bachelor's degrees, associate degrees, diplomas, certificates and citations.


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