Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Joseph Ribkoff FW12 & Miss America Visits SoHo YYC

Calgary Stampede, the largest outdoor rodeo in North America, attracts millions of visitors from around the world each year, and this includes celebrities. Last year we had our royal couple, Prince William and Kate Middleton, Adrien Grenier and even Katy Perry got a taste of YYC's "Heart of the New West". And one of our special visitors this year is none other than  2012 Miss America: Laura Kaeppeler. Miss America is actually travelling with Montreal based fashion label, Joseph Ribkoff to promote the preview of FW12 ready-to-wear collection.

The Joseph Ribkoff FW12 preview collection event happened at SOHO Bar & Grilled downtown YYC on the day of the Stampede Parade. Breakfast was served to guests, while they got a glimpse of the collection worn by models from Sophia Models International. It was actually my first experience with Joseph Ribkoff fashion pieces. I did enjoy the detailed prints on the pieces, as well as the elegant designs focusing on the feminity of women's wear. There were many pull-over and jersey type designs that were exquistely functional and perfect for travel. Dresses were designed to emphasize female body forms, where waist- and hemlines were prominant.
Miss America Laura Kaeppeler is current representing the Joseph Ribkoff brand. Binzento got an opportunity to have a brief (but good) one on one time with Laura. Be sure to check out my interview with her for the feature Real People w/ Real Styles later this week. 
2012 Miss America Laura Kaeppeler & Binzento Vincente

Picking SOHO for the event was also a nice spot to watch the Stampede Parade out from the window, and the weather was PERFECT for anything outdoor that day. It was nice to see/chat with YYC fashion peeps (Kim Flanagan, BR Pirri and Katie Karvellas). I was also happy to finally connect again with local fashion designer, Haithem Elkadiki of KaaDiki, hopefully we will catch up again soon. 

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