Tuesday, August 30, 2011

PARKLUXE Fashion Show 2011

PARKLUXE Fashion Show happened at the Winter Garden, Jamieson Place last weekend in YYC. The event featured four diverse local designers who showcased their high-end fashion craftsmanships and their designing talents. 
with Katrina Olson: Photo by LifeImage Unlimited by Daniel F. Liu
On Katrina: Dress: Caitlin Power; Belt: Burberry; Heels: Giuseppe Zanotti
On me: Shirt inside: Izzue; Shirt outside: Simone Rocha; Necklace: mercibeaucoup x b+ab x Hello Kitty; Bracelet: Anne b. Accessories; Belt: Club Monaco; Pants: Vblak; Boots: Fluevog

Top pic: with Polly and Ivy; Right pic: friends Stephanie and Rania

The night began with a cocktail party and an opportunity to mingle with some of the most passionate people in the industry. It was a special night indeed because I saw many unfamiliar faces, which implied to me that there is an increase of awareness to local fashions. This also proves the local fashion industry has not yet been saturated and certainly there is still a growth potential.
Left pic: D.W Fashion designer Daryl White; Middle top pic: blogger Diva Lounge & Calgary Fashion Paul; Right pic: Studio Intent Chantal & Colleen

It was long since all my lovely fashionista friends gathered in one event. They all looked beautiful that night (some may need to thank the Blo Dry Bar) and I was really happy to see them.
Top left pic: Bano & eeMee designer Aleem Arif & blogger The Girl With The Messy Hair KD; Top Right pic: with make up artist Satako; Bottom left pic: with blogger Lions Lace Lattes Ashley; Bottom right pic: Calgary Fashion editor Claire

The fashion show started with: Anne b. Accessories
Anne b. Accessories

I considered Anne b. as one of my good friends. She always stands out in fashion shows with perfection. Her use of natural elements in accessories was the form of beauty itself.
Favourite piece: Red matching resin necklace/bracelet with an ethnic/cultural touch.

The 2nd designer of the night was: Lara Presber
Lara Presber

To be honest, that was the first time I experience Lara Presber's work. I really enjoyed the fact that the designs were really elegantly structured. The aspect of "power" spoke for itself in her designs, but at the same time, the feminine quality was reserved.
Favourite piece: Turquoise-blue long coat with Grey shoulder patch.

A short intermission before watching the last two designers. Had a little chat with model Ania B. She's gorgeous, as usual.
with model Ania B

with models from Sophia Models International

 The 3rd designer of the night: Bridget Bergman
Bridget Bergman

Very chic! I loved the Paris-inspired look. The designs really brought out what modern women were all about. The little hats gave it a sassy/artsy touch.
Favourite piece: Big-V neck black jacket with the Red artist cap.

The last designer of the night was well worth the wait: Caitlin Power
Caitlin Power

Caitlin have certainly earned her name in Canadian fashion. I've always loved her work since Alberta Fashion Week two years ago. A detailed use of leather and fabric brought us the elegant yet very edgy style. Girls in Caitlin Power are definitely no ordinary girls, I now call them: Danger Girls :) 
Favourite piece: Army green Leather dress (it's golden!)
Katrina Olson

My artistic and talented friend/photographer/PR Katrina Olson was wearing one of Caitlin's design that night. She was absolutely stunning!!
I was overall VERY impressed with PARKLUXE. Park did a really great job organizing this event with a beautifully decorated venue. I also liked the fact that the runway was long enough for the crowd to carefully examine or just enjoy each runway piece. Another thing I praised about the PARKLUXE was although all four designers came from various backgrounds, the show was very cohesive in terms of styles and tastes. 
Left pic: blogger The Diva Lounge; Ki Modern Japanese Restaurant decor

…and having a "after-party" just down the escalator at Ki Modern Japanese Restaurant was a smart idea. Not only it was close in proximity, Ki represented what a posh YYC restaurant looked like. PARKLUXE, I give you two thumbs up.

Photos: Vincent Law (Binzento Vincente) & Katrina Olson 

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