Park Show II

The second evening of Park Show was filled with much of the first, but with an infusion of new designers.

I spent the early evening browsing through the pop up shops, and as always, gathering as much free food as I could.

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Suka Clothing

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I gobbled down a few slices of pepperoni pizza, another delicious gelato from Fiasco, two more macarons from Ollia (this time hazlenut which is my absolute favourite), and washed it all down with a dirty lemonade from Cru. Considering all of this, the ticket price is actually quite worth it, and, prevented my inner hangry side from coming out and scaring everyone away.

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Even hedkandi had a booth set up, providing last minute styling touch ups to any guests that wanted (or needed it). The day prior, I stopped in for a quick fluff and enjoyed briefly getting pampered like the models backstage.

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Photo cred to the Hedkandi photography team (Check out on their Instagram)

This time, determined to get a front row seat in the press pit, I staked out my spot early and refused to leave until the show started. I was rewarded by my determination, snagging a front row seat at the head of the runway.

Watching as some of Calgary’s fashion stylists, bloggers, and PR specalists took their turn for the papz.

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Then, once the show started and the lights dimmed, I watched the models prowl down, past all of the eager fashionistas and Calgary socialites, showcasing designs and ultimately striking a pose right in front of me. If you followed me on Snapchat, you would have seen some pretty sweet videos and captures of my time.

And if not, I’ll still share some of my favourites with you now.

Again, as the event took place in Chinook Centre, we started with a few fun summer looks from Nordstrom.

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parkshow 2016

After which, the real lineup began.

Detailed, custom, and chunky accessories from Anne B Accessories.

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Edgy grunge looks from S.P. Badu. Modelled for a post-gender world.

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With the fiercest of closings.

Made to order, fine leather jackets and blazers from Anneke Forbes.

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anneke forbes parkshow 2016

Some of the cosiest looking sweaters from Rebecca King.

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This plaid cape was my favourite and I think my wardrobe needs it.

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rebecca king parkshow 2016

rebecca king parkshow 2016

rebecca king parkshow 2016

Bad ass work wear for men from NRTHRNTWNS Workshop.

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NRTHRNTWNS Workshop parkshow 2016

NRTHRNTWNS Workshop parkshow 2016

A combination of flirty and cool wear from Malika Couture.

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malika couture parkshow 2016My absolute favourite, high-fashion luxury workwear from House of Nonie.

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Starting, with this dress.

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house of nonie parkshow 2016

And coming in a close second, beautiful modern pieces from Cara Cheung.

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It’s a difficult choice between whether I preferred the looks from night 1 or night 2, as both were a different array of items and encapsulated a different vibe.

My favourite of all, was House of Nonie as her pieces are so modern, flattering, and unlike anything else you will find somewhere else. The details and thought put into each piece really shows, and the crowd was absolutely roaring by the end of her show. The only downside is that they are soo pricey.

 

But, let’s take a look at that dress once more…

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The vibe at ParkShow is one of the best in Calgary. There is a deep-seated passion for fashion, a spreading excitement, and an eagerness to support Canadian & local brands. This year’s runway design was pretty neat, with models zig-zagging through the crowd for maximum close up photos.  And, with each designer tailoring their runway path and accompanying music to their pieces, each small show is entirely unique and intriguing.

If you’re thinking of attending next year, I would highly recommend it! Or, check out some of the other events put on by Park.

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