Promoting Artists Redefining Kulture (PARK), is a non-for-profit organization that I discovered a couple of years ago. They work to open up creative communities, raise awareness and help promote local artists and fashion designers in Calgary, Edmonton & Saskatoon – so naturally I was immediately interested! Bright lights, amazing art work and stunning style, they go all out when it comes to their fashion shows and the experience of the shows themselves is a spectacle.
Since discovering PARK I have volunteered and attended numerous shows, watching the organization grow immensely throughout the years. I recently attended PARKShow in Edmonton at the empty Target location in West Edmonton Mall. The PARK team did an amazing job of transforming this empty area into a luxurious space, which made for a beautiful event. Here are just a few of my favourite designers that walked in this show:
The best part about this line created by Canadian designer, Ashley Kasdorf was it’s versatility. Each piece is a fundamental staple, with the ability to go from day to night with the addition of a simple pair of heels or leather jacket. The line consists of a selection of dresses and skirts that are comfy, practicable and modern, yet perfect for those days when you’re running 20 minutes late for work and need to look polished + put together – my life!
A handmade line entirely of outwear, designed and created right here in Calgary by Anneka Forbes herself. The jackets in her line are the perfect addition to any outfit, whether it be for a lunch date or a night on the town. I had the pleasure of not only seeing her beautiful jackets hit the runway, but I got a chance to chat to Anneka and even try on one of her luxury jackets. Speaking with her I learned a little bit about the road that brought her to where she is today and what it takes to create such an intricate line. Her passion and energy for what she does is demonstrated through the details in each garment that she creates – by hand! I tried on the Shearling Collar Bomber Jacket, made with 100% Lamb Suede and Shearling – the fit was absolutely unreal.
One thing that will never go out of style is a classic blazer! This chic London inspired brand, created by Margaret Barclay consists of stunning, versatile jackets that are made to go from a day at the office to a night of drinks & cocktails. This is a timeless investment piece that I think every girl in Calgary should own with our city being such a corporate culture. I can’t wait to invest in one of these pieces for myself!
Workhall is a fantastic brand that I grow to love more each time I see them on the runway. Each garment in this line is creatively designed and minimalistic, hugging the natural curves of each model and made to flatter any body type. This line accentuates a woman’s natural beauty and each piece looks good simply on it’s own, without too many accessories. This brand is not only local, but socially conscious as they heavily promote their “1 for 1 program.” The slogan for the program reads:
“For every one garment you purchase we’re sending one to your local women’s shelter.”
Beautiful clothing supporting a great cause, you cant get much better than that!