PARKSHOW has done it once again. The eighth instalment of the much-loved event, presented by Chinook Centre, was a massive success. Over 700 well-dressed guests, including fashion lovers, artists, bloggers and local influencers enjoyed a night full of fashion, art and creativity. I had the pleasure of being invited to attend the annual fashion and art showcase featuring rising designers from across Canada and the amount of talent in the room was inspiring.
Taking place in the north parkade at Chinook, the area was transformed into an ocean-inspired space with art installations by new media visual and performing artist Jeannie Vallis. VIP guests were treated to cocktails and food from Double Zero in a private area, not to mention some super impressive gift bags (love the Marc Jacobs lapel pins). The main event – two huge fashion shows – took place later in the evening. Models came from some of the city’s top agencies including Sophia Models International, Mode Models International, Numa Models, Images International Model Management and The Nobles Management.
Featured clothing, jewellery and accessory designers included headliner Eliza Faulkner of Vancouver, with Bano eeMee of Calgary, CoutuKitsch of Calgary, Forge Apparel of Calgary, Lennard Taylor Design Inc. of Winnipeg, LUXX Ready to Wear of Edmonton, Suka Clothing of Edmonton, S.P. BADU of Calgary, Vivian Lee Designs of Toronto/Calgary and 6Streets of Calgary. Numerous pop-up shops also highlighted local designers – it’s always fun to shop at a party – throughout the evening. After the impressive fashion shows, the night wrapped up with an awesome after-party at Double Zero Chinook – a great way to end such a fun event.
PARKSHOW is as a fundraiser for PARK, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness and creating opportunities for aspiring artists to share their work. Learn more about how the team at PARK work “to inspire a new generation of creative minds” and bring exposure and entrepreneurship opportunities to aspiring and talented artists at ourparkonline.com.
More favourite looks represented in the two fashion shows are below. Congrats to everyone involved on such a memorable night! Looking forward to next year.
Thanks to the talented Kelly Hofer for the use of his awesome photos, which expertly captured the spirit of the night. Make sure to follow @kellyhofer on Instagram and Twitter and check out more of his work at kellyhofer.com. To see more photos from night, check out PARK’s Facebook page.