LUSH: Calgary International Fashion and Arts Week


I had the amazing opportunity to attend the annual Calgary International Fashion and Arts Week “LUSH” presented by Spotlight Couronne Internationale Inc. LUSH stands for, Lifestyle, Unconventional, Selfless, High Fashion. A portion of the night’s event went to the Canadian Cancer Society CIBC Run For The Cure. This event is in its third year and just keeps getting more glamorous every year. As you walked through the entrance, you were treated to a gorgeous flower wall decorated by All Seasons Decor. Walking into the ballroom (also decorated by All Season Decor) was like walking into a fantasy room – there was such an elegant feel to it, with big chandeliers strung all over. The start of the runway had beautiful flowers and the runway was metallic, which reflected the models and looked wonderful. Amazing fashion was evident, with feature designers such as John Ablaza from the Philippines, Kenny Ladaga, and Calgary designer Insig.nia. The models flowed down the runway in gorgeous gowns that lit the room with their sparkles. The hair was pulled back into a beautiful low ponytail and the makeup was fresh with gorgeous hues on the eyes. At times you would see beautiful headpieces in jewels and feathers. The men were not left out – the beautifully coloured suits that walked down the runway made me want all of them! I had goosebumps all night. The elegance of this event was over the top. I crave this type of event that showcases the high fashion Calgary deserves. I was very proud that this kind of event was held in my city… It shows that we are not all about cowboys and beef! Calgary has the talent and ability to show the world that elegance is loud and proud here. In the audience sitting in V.I.P was the Philippine Consulate of Calgary, Consul General Zady Patron, who I was fortunate to meet.


A big shout out to Founder and CEO, Limuel Hayag Vilela, from Spotlight Couronne International Inc for putting together a night the guests will not forget. All of us will be looking forward to the next big show in 2020. This is definitely a show you do not want to miss… and of course, a show can’t go on without the people behind the scenes.
All Season Decor
Makeup: G.Lamour Pro Beauty
Makeup: Lois San Miguel, Gen San Miguel
Gorgeous lashes provided by Nicole Cayago of Ms. NC Eye Lashes.
Hair by Sam, Drea, and Arabella
Event photographer: Larry Kwon
Empower Media
Performances by Anne Marie Ala, Megan, and Laura
Shout out the volunteers who worked so hard to help make the night so amazing.
Designers: John Ablaza, Kenny Ladaga, INSIG.NIA
The team that put this on are all more than amazing. Calgary will continue to see this high level of fashion and event production and I am so excited to see what is next. They keep challenging themselves to bring better and better shows, which I am sure has its challenges. If you like fashion, this is a must-see show of the year. Make sure you like Spotlight Couronne International Inc on social media to keep informed on their next big date.

And, of course, you can’t have a fashion show without an amazing host. Gloria Gift had the guests laughing and relaxed at the show along with a small history lesson. It was all agreed that she should host the next one too.

If you live in Calgary or Airdrie you are not far from the Horizon Mall where you will find Spotlight Couronne Internationale Inc. You can also find Curatedlyf, who gave wonderful gifts for the swag bags.
I had the surprise of receiving the award for “Best Dressed” for the night. It was an honor considering all the amazingly dressed men!
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