5 Things We're Looking Forward to at PARKSHOW

PARKSHOW's eighth installment is set to take place on May 23. And this year there are a few surprises that are destined to make it one of Calgary's most memorable fashion shows ever.



 

On May 23 PARK (Promoting Artists Redefining Kulture) will be hosting its eighth installment of PARKSHOW. Ten handpicked designers from Western Canada will be showing their spring/summer 2015 collections to an audience of over 700 guests.

It’s shaping up to be the biggest and best PARKSHOW yet. Here are five things we’re looking forward to:

The Fashion

Ten designers will be showing their spring/summer 2015 collections. Headliners include Eliza Faulkner (Vancouver), Bano eeMee (Calgary), SP Badu (Calgary), Vivian Lee (Toronto/Calgary), LUXX RTW (Edmonton), Suka (Edmonton), CoutuKitsch (Calgary), Lennard Taylor (Winnipeg), 6 Street (Calgary) and Forge Apparel (Calgary). To round things out, several Chinook Centre merchants will also be featured.

The Venue

PARK puts a heavy emphasis on innovation and “redefining culture.” Keeping with this focus, the venue for PARKSHOW will be like nothing Calgary has seen before (at least in terms of a fashion show). The newest north parkade (P2) at Chinook Centre will be transformed into the venue. It’s a bold move, and we can’t wait to see how they’ve re-envisioned the space.

The Art

Guests will have the chance to experience the Art Tunnel, a 4 to 5-piece installation by Studio Cartel and PARK art and PARK event teams. The tunnel will mimic an ocean abyss, taking guests from Chinook Centre into the world of PARKSHOW.

In addition, featured artist Jennie Vallis will be showcasing a series of ocean-themed installations, including a installation video projection inspired by PARKSHOW’s beach theme made specifically for the runway show.

The Shopping

Part of the success of PARKSHOW is the shopping element. After you see the covet-worthy fashions go down the runway, you can meet the designers and purchase what you liked afterward. This year 14 vendors will be selling their clothing and accessories. In addition to the 10 designers who will be featured in the show, Caitlin Power, Kate Hewko and Anneke Forbes, who will be debuting her new custom leather jackets, will also be selling their original designs.

Chinook Centre will be sponsoring a series of in-mall pop-up shops throughout the remainder of May until the end of June. The series will be launched on May 24, featuring the PARKSHOW designers and market vendors. Then, each consecutive weekend (Thursday through Sunday) six designers and artisans will be setting up shop in the former Birks space between Aritzia and TNA. So, even if you don't attend the event, you'll be able to check out the fashions and help support Canadian fashion.

The People Watching

More than 700 guests will be in attendance at PARKSHOW, and each person takes the opportunity to express him or herself through fashion. This and PARKLUXE are two of Calgary’s most anticipated fashion events, and it shows. In a world where the front-row guests at fashion shows often upstage the models themselves, it’s fun to just sit back and watch it all unfold.

 

Tickets for PARKSHOW can be purchased online at ourparkonline.com. Doors open at 7pm with the first show starting at 9pm.


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