i love the idea of the whole thing. featuring established canadian designers in a fully produced fashion show. a new venue and an amazing campaign. i was there to take some behind the scenes photos just over a week ago and i got a little excited. the girls from park pulled amazing outfits from holt renfrew. i am posting this image for no other reason than that the shirt is alexander wang <3 you can see all the images on the event facebook page.
you can buy your tickets for general admission here
and if VIP seating is more up your alley click here

quite honestly with the amount of work park has been doing for calgary fashion and the quality of events, together with always outdoing themselves there should be no reason why everyone won’t have a VIP seat. one of the more exciting points to the evening will be seeing my friend bridget bergman who is now designing her own line, we seem to be missing each other every time she is in calgary (because i am never in vancoucer) august 26th is about to change all that. the other designers featured in the show will be cailtin power, lara presber and anne b accessories, all of whom i have had the great honor of working for.
read the full press release after the jump

High Fashion and Local Designers to meet at PARKLUXE
Calgary, AB – The producers of PARKSHOW are bringing to Calgary a new fund-raising initiative featuring local designers who share a common, high-end target market.
PARKLUXE is aimed at connecting discerning Calgary fashion lovers with sophisticated local designers who are making an impact outside of our city limits and throughout Canada and North America.
PARKLUXE will feature fully-producing designers Caitlin Power, Bridget Bergman, Anne B. Accessories and Lara Presber.
Kara Chomistek, President of PARK, on why they are producing a higher-end show, “As we expand our mandate, what remains consistent is the value the comes from an investment of what we do. We are at this point in time ready to take local fashion to the next level and we want designers to know that there are avenues to get them there.”
Power who has been showing her full collections since 2009 and participated in The Toronto Fashion Incubators “New Labels Competition”, explains the need for PARKLUXE, “Our city is a rich city, but not in art, in oil. We need these corporate women/men to be exposed to what is out there. We need them to see there are special clothes out there that cannot be found in a mall. We also need the boutiques to support local designers.” in 2008, Power won an emerging designers award at Edmonton Fashion Week. She was also named in 2010 by local publications as one of 10 Calgary designers to watch for.
Presber who chose her hometown Calgary’s Fashion Central for her destination flagship store said, “PARKLUXE is important for Calgary as it will begin the process of laying the foundation for a fashion presence in our city that reaches an audience that might not otherwise attend a fashion event.”
All profits from PARK events goes towards future events supporting local designers and artists in the community. PARK, as an organization, has provided hundreds of artistes mediums to showcase their works to the public and media over the last four years.
PARKLUXE Is supported by many local and Canadian organizations including Gravity Pope, Ki Modern Japanese + Bar, Sophia Models International, Smashbox Cosmetics, Bullfrog Power, Willow Park Wines & Spirits, Hedkandi Salon, Victoria Park BRZ, PK Sound, and Night Panda Productions.
Valerie Lim, PARK’s Marketing Director said, “Sponsorship of this event helps to bring local designers to a greater stage, and we cannot do this without the community’s involvement”.
PARKLUXE will be held at the Jamieson Place Winter Garden, 240 – 4th Avenue SW on Friday August 26, 2011. Doors open at 6PM with an opening reception. There are two parts to the fashion show, starting at 7.30PM ad 8.15PM respectively. The closing reception will be held at the Ki Modern Japanese Bar at Jamieson Place at 9PM, 308 – 4th Avenue SW. General admission tickets are $25 each, and VIP seating is being sold for $35. Members of the public can order their tickets via PARKLUXE is an 18+ event, and guests are recommended to arrive slightly earlier as doors will close when the show starts.

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