On March 11, Calgary is in for an event and fashion show like never before. Bella – one of Calgary’s leading fundraisers and presented by Holt Renfrew and Calgary Health Trust – is back and it’s going to be, without a doubt, Calgary’s leading premier fashion event. 

Over 700 guests will enjoy a stylish evening full of lavish surroundings, deluxe cuisine and an outstanding auction – not to mention the largest fashion show the city has ever seen. The fashion parade will feature more than 60 models and 120 looks, showcasing the best and hottest fashion available – a presentation that’s sure to be talked about for years to come. I can’t wait.

All proceeds from this year’s event will be donated to the “Neonatal Intensive Care Unit” (NICU) at Foothills Medical Centre. The funds will help create the only in-born Level III Tertiary Care Unit in southern Alberta – an extremely important cause that’s badly needed for newborns.  Visit Calgary Health Trust for me information and to purchase tickets. A limited amount are still available but won’t be for long.

So now the big question is: WHAT TO WEAR? This is sure to be an event where Calgary’s best dressed are going to give their all in terms of brave fashion choices. And Holts is obviously the best place to find the perfect outfit for such a stylish event. Recently, the Marketing team at Holts was kind enough to ask me to suggest some outfits I think would be perfect to wear to the year’s must-attend fashion event. My lovely friend Amber Conrad (model and personal shopper) helped out by rocking some favourite and fancy party looks.

Fancy look #1 – Modern DVF jumpsuit

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A jumpsuit, like this one from DVF, is a modern, fun and fashion forward look. And you can never go wrong with huge statement earrings for a lavish party.

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Details: Diane von Fürstenberg jumpsuit; Oscar de la Renta statement earrings; Gianvito Rossi patent-leather and transparent pumps.

Fancy look #2 – Stunning Dolce & Gabbana dress

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A stunning impeccably made cocktail dress is a sure bet and this vibrant red Dolce & Gabbana lace dress couldn’t be more beautiful. Pairing it with gold chandelier earrings and chic Saint Laurent heels makes for a jaw-dropping look.

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Details: Dolce & Gabbana floral lace dress; Oscar de la Renta earrings; Saint Laurent classic ‘Jane’ ankle strap leather sandals;  Alexander McQueen large ‘De Mantra’ beaded clutch.

Fancy Look #3 – Chic Balenciaga tuxedo wrap

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If a dress isn’t for you, go for something modern, linear and sexy. This Balenciaga sleeveless tuxedo wrap dress is unreal and super good-looking – very Balenciaga. Keep the accessories contemporary and strong, like jewellery from Canadian designer Dean Davidson.

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Details: Balenciaga sleeveless tuxedo, Helmut Lang leather pants, Givenchy butterfly & floral pumps; Saint Laurent monogram studded clutch; Dean Davidson silver statement collar, armour cuff, pave temptress cuff, pave stacked cuff neck cuff and Labradorite cuff.

Fancy look #4 – Dramatic Oscar de la Renta pants

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If you’re looking to make a dramatic statement, these Oscar de la Renta wide leg pleated evening pants are unreal. Pairing them with a simple and well cut blazer and daring accessories makes for a look that’s sure to be admired.

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Details: Helmut Lang coated blazer; Oscar de la Renta leg pleated pants; Valentino rockstud multicoloured clutch; John Hardy gold and silver chandelier earrings; Saint Laurent classic ‘Jane’ ankle strap leather sandals.

Fancy look #5 – Sequin Michael Kors dress 

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Sequins are always a good choice for a fashionable event and the balance of sequins with solid white on this Michael Kors sequin halter dress makes for an elegant and sexy ensemble. Accessorizing with elaborate accessories also adds to the glamorous ‘movie star’ look.

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Details: Michael Kors sequin halter dress; Lanvin python evening clutch; Jimmy Choo metallic strappy silver sandals; Kate Spade earrings; Kate Space cuff; Oscar de la Renta crystal bracelet.

Look #6 – Paul Smith suit for the guys!

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Let’s not forget about the men. Lately fashionable dudes have been increasingly taking more chances with their clothing selections – especially when it comes to dressing for major events. This bright navy two-button Paul Smith suit and Holt Renfrew bowtie is perfect for a stylish and confident guy that’s not afraid to push his style boundaries. Details: Paul Smith bright navy suit; Paul Smith gingham shirt; Holt Renfrew bowtie; Salvatore Ferragamo leather shoes.

Get tickets to Bella now if you haven’t already. Can’t wait to see all the fantastic looks on March 11!

Thanks again to the Marketing team at Holts for all your help and coordinating such a cool project! I was in heaven. And thanks Amber Conrad for being such an awesome and lovely model.

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