Inside Saturday night’s PARKSHOW: Calgary’s hottest up-and-coming designers step it up on the well-dressed runway
After months of buzz and a few blizzards, Calgary’s top fashion and arts non-profit organization, PARK (Promoting Artists, Redefining Kulture), threw its fourth annual PARKSHOW event to a sold-out crowd of over 350 people at the contemporary Palliser South Tower on Saturday night.
With a mentality to match the Mercedes-Benz Start Up program (plug alert: we’re scouting in Edmonton this year), PARK routinely pulls in a substantial fashion-savvy audience (this time, the demand for tickets was so high it warranted a second night’s showcase) and offers emerging designers a well-dressed runway to showcase their designs at no cost.
“As an emerging designer, one of the biggest challenges is to get the best possible exposure while working with a very limited budget,” says Aleem Arif of Bano eeMee, whose Gucci-inspired jackets had us drooling. “For me personally, PARKSHOW has provided an opportunity to network and connect with other amazing people who really care about what I do.” A few more stand-outs from an altogether inspiring and upscale two-part show was Saskatchewan-native, and now Calgary-based designer Rebecca King, as well as bags and scarves from Hoakon + Helga and asymmetrical designs from KARA by PARK’s own president and our March issue It girl, Kara Chomistek.
Hanging artwork from 16 local artists pieced together this year’s event theme of “Fragmented Geometry.” Next to PARK’s characteristically cool brigade of stylish and ladylike organizers, Calgary sure does look like one pretty young thing.
Join the discussion
Neither the author nor FASHION Magazine necessarily agrees with the comments posted here. Editors will not correct spelling or grammar. FASHION Magazine reserves the right to edit or delete comments entirely.
Brand New on Fashion
- What’s in your bag, Beckerman sisters?
- Sneak a peek at the Joe Fresh makeup collection for Fall 2013: 34 beauty products that won’t break your budget
- Alexander McQueen is returning to the beauty world with a new fragrance collection
- Luminato 2013: Marina Abramović, Willem Dafoe, Rufus Wainwright and a giant claw arcade game at opening night
- Dominico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana found guilty of tax evasion