ParkShow Preview from the Designers

ParkShow is back this Saturday for its fifth annual strut down the runway. The event is a mash-up of fashion, art and music that gives us a snapshot of the locally made up-and-coming fashion industry. Two shows will have designers sending everything from wedding gowns and urban wear to handbags and hand-printed fabrics down the runway. For an overview of what to look for, we went to the source and asked the designers to describe their collections in three (or four) words and tell us the standout detail, technique or item we should watch for in their collections.  

Aleem Arif of Bano eeMee

Uptown. Chic. Wearable.

“Watch out for the interplay of textures, natural lamb leather accents, bright silk lining and attention to detail.” 

Andrea Strand of Hoakon + Helga

Reclaimed. Bohemian. Feminine.

“All of my bags are made from vintage leather jackets. I've combined them with a series of feminine floral patterns, fringe, black and white tie-dye and Southwestern prints.”

Anya Dionne of Dionne Dionne

Eccentric. Smart. Wearable.

“The standout of the collection is a black business/casual dress gone totally fashionable. It’s a Paris inspired head turner that can be worn anywhere.”

Ashley Quan of apiana que

Bright. Handmade. Chameleon.

“Look for hand printed fabrics inspired by chameleons from Madagascar, which blend together to create a colourful background. The collection includes jersey, which has line work reminiscent of the skin and eyes of chameleons.”

Chantel Traub

Unique. Flattering. Comfortable.

“The standout technique and detail in this collection is the fabric. I design and silkscreen the pattern decoration by hand. This collection is inspired by the aerial view of mountain ranges and fields.”

Kara Chomistek of KARA

Party in the back.

“For this collection I am using a lot of pattern blocking and patchwork techniques mixed with draping. This collection follows international pre-fall trends including mixed patterns, dropped waists and shirt dresses, mixed with bold colours making it very unique for Calgary.”

Marsina King of MaNoKin Design

Rustic. Earthy. Textured.

“People should watch for the distinctive attention to lines via intricate seaming, inserts and patchwork in every piece as well as unique trimming details.”

Michelle Roberts of Emogene Couture

Textured. Vintage. Feminine.

“This season, I am showing pieces that incorporate hand made flowers, sheers, and special seaming to create a sense of old school mystery and glamour.”

Rebecca King

Tailored. Vintage. Military.

“Watch for the versatility of pieces — including signature coats — which can be changed and worn in different ways.”

Ruby Woo of Ruby Woo Couture

Elegant. Romantic. Bedazzled.

“The combination of beading and vibrant colours makes each element stand out by itself without overpowering the others.”

ParkShow is March 10 at Palliser South Tower, 140 10 Ave. S.E. For more information, visit
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