Last Saturday, Calgary's PARK organization put on their annual PARKSHOW at Chinook Centre. PARK is a not-for-profit organization that aspires to create opportunities for developing artists to share their art and sustain a profitable business (http://www.ourparkonline.com/about.html) and every year they put on PARKSHOW as a chance for talented local designers and artists to be showcased and gain exposure. This year they transformed one of the underground parkades into a fascinating runway and pop-up shop space, with lots of interesting design elements and numerous designer spaces.
I had the pleasure of attending the show this year and it did not disappoint. The parkade space was completely transformed; most notable was the long and beautifully designed central runway, flanked by various abstract decorations, and centered around some of the VIP seating. Additionally, some of my favorite local stores were in attendance including 6Streets, Modern Menswear, Modern Jelly Doughnuts (I'm always a sucker for food at these events as you probably know), Hudson's Bay, David's Tea, and CoCoCo chocolates. I also got to make the acquaintance of some new men's fashion figures at the show, such as Lennard Taylor out of Winnipeg (lennardtaylor.com) and the guys from Mother Co. Bags right here in Calgary (mother.co). The vibe was really good and everybody in attendance was extremely friendly, so mingling around the pop-ups before the show was definitely my favorite part (besides staving off heat stroke in the un air-conditioned underground parkade as Saturday was the hottest day of the week).
This year their runway show presented a great variety of Canadian talent in men's and women's fashion, notably including the fascinating experimental designs of S.P. Badu, the simple and art-inspired clothing of Lennard Taylor, and the always wearable pieces from Calgary-based Modern Menswear and 6Streets (styled by Street Gentleman). Due to a coaching course both days that weekend, I wasn't able to stay and take pictures for the whole event, but the talented Kelly Hofer has been kind enough to let me borrow some of his amazing photos. Make sure you check out his website at kellyhofer.com and his Instagram/twitter @kellyhofer. Here are a couple highlights from the show, make sure to hover over the photos to get some extra info:
A big thank you to PARK and everyone involved for putting on this fantastic event. It was great to meet some new faces, and to see some old faces doing so much to develop our local fashion scene. For more info on PARK, PARKSHOW, and other events by the organization, check out ourparkonline.com. Thank you again to Kelly Hofer for the fantastic photos, go to kellyhofer.com to see more of his amazing work.