Like clockwork, every summer and fall I look forward to the Park Show and Park Luxe events as the top two prominent fashion and arts showcases in Calgary. Hence, you're all probably at the point where you saw this post coming for the past two months (and hopefully looked forward to it!). Park isn't just exciting as the biggest showcase of fashion in Calgary, but also because it is an inclusive space in which a variety of arts and interests intersect.
This year, that rings especially true with the venue selection of the National Music Centre: combining our obvious love of fashion with groundbreaking architecture and music history. Personally, the reason I tend to disappear more during the fall and spring seasons is because I am currently going through architecture school, so being able to visit the Music Centre for the first time for a fashion event is nothing short of poetic for me.
The event goes down tomorrow night Saturday October 1 at 7:00 PM. grab your tickets here! Check out my gallery from last year's event, and my detailed list of designers and designer info for those presenting this year below.
Building off my excitement for the venue, the lineup this year is also looking fantastic. Here are all the designers and their own descriptions of their work:
Materials Engineer, Marc quit his job to join wife and fashion designer, Nicole in the apparel industry.
Traveling the world to visit manufacturers, developing product lines for their brands and shops, they envision a sustainable future of new manufacturing processes and development solutions.
OKAKIE opens in the fall of 2016 where all profits are dedicated and reinvested into the R + D of garment manufacturing and innovation.
Our team operates and designs out of our shop and studio in DT Vancouver, Canada. We are researching polymers and electro-spinning at the UofA's Materials Science Lab.
Canadian born and based, Paul Hardy took his career from design school graduate to personal shopper to acclaimed designer.
Officially, Paul Hardy began his design career in 2002 with an opening show at Toronto Fashion Week where his first collection saw a host of rave reviews declaring, “a star is born”. After seeing that first collection, fashion industry icon Jeanne Beker, host of Fashion Television, compared Hardy's talent as being that of the likes of Marc Jacobs or Stella McCartney.
The sensation caused by his first collection led Hardy to pursue opportunities south of the border at Los Angeles Fashion Week. There he garnered the attention of notable industry media types like WWD who described Hardy's style as “a thoughtful, well-made collection of soft sophisticated clothes”. Such reviews about the line sent a buzz across the United States to New York, where Hardy unveiled his third season for Spring/Summer 2004. Feted with a party hosted by Canadian Consulate General Pamela Wallin, Hardy's Manhattan debut drew attention from Fern Mallis, President of the CFDA. As a result, 7th on Sixth invited him to show in the tents at Bryant Park the following season. Hardy's Fall 2004 show was attended in large numbers and hailed as being his 'best work yet'. Some of his designs were described as “Oscar worthy” by celebrity stylist Philip Bloch and the New York Post. Flare magazine has described him as one of the freshest new talents emerging from North of the border.
Inspired by elements of art and architecture, with astute attention to draping, tailoring and finish in every piece, the work of Lauren Bagliore combines an edgy modern sensibility while still retaining a romantically reflective femininity.
A New York native, Bagliore graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology and immediately began to work with a slew of exceptional fashion brands where she honed skills that prepared her to launch her own brand. Upon graduation, Vivienne Westwood chose Bagliore to travel to London and work at her UK fashion house. After a few years, Bagliore returned to New York and worked for Zac Posen, Libertine and Tod’s as well as freelance work as a buyer and a stylist.
The Lauren Bagliore collection features her signature buttery-soft Italian jersey dresses that are draped into breathtaking pieces of wearable art in a muted color palette of soft grays mixed with the most graphic of blacks and starkest of whites. Kimono jackets in Italian ponte intermingle with inventive asymmetrical separates. Wool tweeds are pieced and formatted to create Op Art illusions. Windbreaker nylons are reinvented into tailored trenches and padded boleros. Many of the pieces are convertible and day morphs into night instantly with the twist of a wrap or by layering or removing items.
Urbanovitch is a thoughtfully nostalgic approach to modern dressing. The namesake line of Malorie Urbanovitch presents elegant silhouettes that are elevated with a fresh approach to colour and shape. Her collections are imbued with a sense of playfulness, ease and sophistication.
YEAR of the RAM is a Canadian-based intimate apparel line that epitomizes the timeless beauty of being a woman. Produced with locally sourced materials, each garment is hand crafted with the essence of femininity in mind through minimalistic cuts, hand dyed laces and soft accents.
YEAR of the RAM embodies and appreciates beauty in all of its forms. Designed in a wide range of sizes, YEAR of the RAM offers lingerie styles that are customized for any woman regardless of her body type.
We at YEAR of the RAM believe that attention to detail goes a long way when it comes to creating one-of-a-kind luxury items.
Ensemble Style was created to help people optimize their first impressions by helping them dress well. Personal style isn't about being the trendiest person in the room, it is about wearing what works for you, what is comfortable for you, and what is going to help you be the best version of you. Ultimately, we're focused on you, not designers, fleeting trends or styles that don't suit your lifestyle.
Whether you are on a tight budget, want a complete closet revamp, a 1-time shopping companion, a seasonal style switch, or someone to completely take over and shop for you, I am able to meet your needs in whatever way suits you best.
You tell me what you’re into, how you want to feel and what inspires you, I will come back to you with a variety of ‘looks’ at a variety of price points and let the rest happen naturally. I don’t believe in doing things I'm not comfortable with, so you will never be pushed in a direction you don’t want to be pushed in.
My goal is for you to become the best version of yourself - to feel confident in what you're wearing. I want to take the guesswork out of your getting-ready-for-the-day regime, by adding pieces that are versatile, classic and suited to your personal style. I want you to know that you can make 10 different outfits out of the same pair of pants, so that you don't have to think about whether or not two things match. And most of all, I want you to feel like you can take over the world.
The House of Nonie brand creates Ready to Wear modern womenswear conceived and developed in Canada. The collections are made with a tailored and refined aesthetic, with a twist of Eastern inspiration that is at the heart of the founder, Nina Kharey’s creative vision.
Launched to great acclaim in the Fall of 2008, the line was handmade in Calgary, Canada, Nina’s hometown and sold at local boutiques. It was featured in numerous media outlets and showed in FASHION Magazine. After showing in both Calgary and Toronto, Nina stepped back to focus on starting her family and being a mother.
In 2014, Nina started designing her newest collection, Autumn Winter 2015 under the mentorship of Barbara Atkin, Fashion Director at Holt Renfrew. The collection introduces new directional style in ways that embrace and represent Nina’s own style and her love of minimalistic lines inspired by men’s suitwear. Now, with a new team in Vancouver, House of Nonie brings a collection of bold and modern design.