Event Recap: La Dolce Vita III at Livingspace

Vancouver’s Armoury District doesn’t usually see much activity past 5pm, but thumping bass and roaming spotlights stood out in the industrial neighbourhood as La Dolce Vita III lit up the night. Hundreds of fashionable guests invaded Livingspace, one of the city’s top interior design destinations, spilling into the 19,000 square foot showroom and its massive courtyard.

Fashion, furniture, food, and fun were on the agenda for this party, all in support of Emily Carr University’s Industrial Design program.

A rainy interlude to the summer concluded just in time to welcome guests into a lively outdoor space, strung with lanterns and filled with music from DJ Quest. The courtyard was flanked with food trucks from Roaming Dragon and Vij’s Railway Express, who passed out delicious alfresco snacks. Italian Kitchen also followed up with trays of their signature Kobe beef meatballs. Finally, stations from Butter Baked Goods and Bella Gelateria satisfied sweet tooths and ensured no guest left hungry.

Guests roaming inside the Livingspace showroom were treated to a mixed-media art installation by Emily Carr alumna Charlotte Wall, a colourful and geometric piece that spanned 30 feet of wall space. The university was also well represented by another alumnus, internationally renowned artist and author Douglas Coupland. In the midst of his massive exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery, he joined the crowd to mix and mingle. The pinnacle of the night was a runway show, where styles from major fashion houses around the world were put together by luxury retailers Bacci’s and Boboli. A total of 57 men’s and women’s looks made their way down a catwalk of grass, with designs from Chloé, Lanvin, Dries van Noten, Céline, and Etro.


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