Over the past 10 years Calgary has had the pride of watching PARK, a local group of socially conscious professionals, with a mandate to create opportunities for local designers and artists to showcase and market their creations, grow into a high caliber Canadian fashion force.
PARK describes itself as young professionals making culture happen. “We seek to entertain, engage and intrigue the whole community to inspire new generation of creative minds.” With modest beginnings, this mainly volunteer run organization has become the mainstay for fashion promotion, and PARKLUXE 2018 was a testament to their passionate development to the industry.
One of the secrets to the success of their events, is their creative, unexpected venue sourcing. Their PARKSHOW and PARKLUXE shows have been held in such unconventional locations as golf domes, parkades, on outdoor bridges and office towers and the new Bell music Centre, PARKLUXE 2018 was another exceptional event held at the exciting new Brookfield Tower. With close to 1000 tickets sold ranging from a modest %50 for standing to the Platinum VIP at $300 the turn out was a stellar crowd of Calgary’s fashionistas and fashion elite.
With the retail and boutique pieces presented along with the designers pop ups, there were opportunities for almost every budget, and while this fashion lover was not able to buy the pieces I loved, I tired on and got a photo wearing the Lauren Bagliore coat I lusted after…thanks again to media photographer extraordinary, Chuck Smurzlo.
Brookfield Place, with it’s high ceilings and lush greenery was an oasis in the heart of the city. The VIP lounge by CF Interiors was an intimate spot to load up on cheese and fruit and 10 year celebratory cookies for PARKI, while sharing a drink and catching up with friends.
Model Models were stunning as usual, with makeup by Shishedo, keyed by the Vaulte and hair by HeadKandi. Clean lines, bias cut, luscious fabrics with attention to detail such as rushing and cut outs were presented along with more extravagant fingered, featured and tulle embellished pieces. There was something for everyone, even Royalty, as Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle was seen this spring wearing Calgary’s own Nina Kharey’s House of Nonie’s pink trench dress.
Upcoming events by PARK include PARKFORUM Creative Entrepreneur Seminars October 13th and 14th at Space King Edward and Otahpiakki – Indigenous Fashion Week November 5-10th at Calgary City Hall. Visit www.ourparkonline.com to learn more about how you can get involved with this outstanding organization.