Saturday, December 1, 2012

T'was the Night 2012 at The CORE YYC

CORE Shopping T'was the Night 2012
(photos by: Binzento)
YYC's downtown the CORE Shopping sparked early holiday season spirit past Wednesday evening. With the tremendous success of last year's holiday event, the CORE hosted the second annual T'was the Night shopping celebration. This year the organizers brought Elle Magazine Canada's editor in chief Noreen Flanagan, and former MTV's The After Show charismatic co-host Jessi Cruickshank as special guests. Many people showed up early to walk the red carpet, and meet-and-greet the special guests. I had a brief moment with both Noreen and Jessi. They were both very friendly, and I was flattered as the ladies complimented my styles, and they loved my ring :). All my friends/bloggers too looked amazing! (KO, Karolina, Anneke, Kd… you know who you are)
T'was the Night is a night of fabulous shopping/party event. There were multiple activities going on simultaneously at the entire CORE, such as: ballet dance performance by the Alberta Ballet, music performances by local musicians, food samplings from various bistro booths, and the highlight of the night - the lighting ceremony of the 40-foot Christmas tree that spans almost 3 stories high. 
There was a great sale at Holt Renfrew, and draw prizes to be won. Harry Rosen was being a great host serving guests snacks, champaign, cocktail drinks, and live music. Another highlight was the presentation by Tourism Calgary and Canadian fashion designer Paul Hardy, where they revealed the final product of the Tweet dress. The Tweet dress was inspired by Twitter users who tweeted about Calgary with the hash tag #StyleYYC. Paul Hardy collected these tweets and formulated the idea, and executed on a dress. The end result - took Calgary to a literal meaning - which was not exactly my cup-of-tea. If you take a closer look though, you do see the incorporations of the Calgary skyline and the actual tweet messages on the dress, which was a nice touch. Hardy said the dress took about 60 hours complete, with the centre chest acessory piece took the longest time to complete.
Other memorable things that happened at T'was the Night was the Papyrus fashion show, where all the designed dresses were made of paper. Similar show was shown at last year's event, but this year my favourite was the paper wedding dress, and the purple/gold paper flower gown made in Calgary. Who would've thought that dresses made of paper could look so elegant and authentic. Great job there Papyrus
Firefighters were also at the scene that night - not becuase there was a fire, but they were there to do autographs for their 2013 Hotstuff Calendar, which attracted many ladies' attention. The Calendar sales is to benefit The Calgary Firefighters Burn Treatment Society - you can find out more HERE.
I have to be honest compared to last year's T'was the Night, I did not have as much "fun" than I expected, maybe because I didn't feel the high energy and excitement like I did from previous year. Nonetheless, it was a great moment to enjoy a week night out (especially a Wednesday!) shopping and partying, and an early Christmas celebration.


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