Wednesday, March 22, 2017

La Maison Simons Pre-Opening Event


La Maison Simons Pre-Opening Event

 (Photo credit: Allison Seto)
After months of waiting and anticipation, Canadian fashion retailer La Maison Simons, or commonly known as Simons, has finally opened its doors to Calgarians on March 16th. Located inside the CORE Shopping Centre at the heart of downtown Calgary, the new Simons is the first in the city, and one of two in Alberta. The interior is more than just a department store for fashion; it is also a space for art and architecture exploration. March 14th was the pre-opening night. Though I was not able to attend in person since I’m in the US, I’m glad to see some of these beautiful faces which I miss dearly. 
Peter Simons and Britta Kroger

Katrina Olson-Mottahed and Kelly Hofer

Cody Willis and Walker McKinley

Mayor Nenshi (center right) with guests

Olivia Popwich, Jason Hardy, Camille McCreath, Andy McCreath

David Andrews, Mark Burkart, Chelsea Kindrachuk

Richard Simons, Peter Simons

Ania Boniecka and Tyler Stalman

Cassandra McAuley, Luc Bernier, Brigitte Rothe, Enrico Pallotta, Jennifer Thompson

Kim Botlay and Chris Amat

xx Do the things you are passionate about; Learn from ones who inspire you; Strive to become an expert at what you do xx
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Sunday, February 26, 2017

Black History Month: Fashion Designer Zelda Wynn Valdes

Black History Month
Remembering Fashion Designer Zelda Wynn Valdes
Came across this article about Zelda Wynn Valdes, and I was in awe of this woman and how come I didn’t learn about this sooner. Yes, you may not have heard of her, but you’ve certainly seen her designs. Zelda Wynn Valdes is credited with creating the original Playboy bunny costume. The work of the trailblazing fashion designer/entrepreneur highlighted the coveted hour-glass figure in the 1940s and 1950s. The rest of the info of this post was from the blog article I read by @lagonegirl.

Valdes was the first black designer to open up her own shop on Broadway in 1948. She created gorgeous gowns many stars like Mae West, Joyce Bryant, Josephine Baker, Gladys Knight, Sarah Vaughan, Dorothy Dandrige, Ella Fitzegerald and countless others.

Later in her career, she created costumes for the Dance Theater of Harlem. Valdes also notably helped found the National Association of Fashion and Accessory Designs. She died in 2001 at age 96, but her legacy lives on.
 
 



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