Recently, four OCM bloggers along with two guests enjoyed an evening at ParkLuxe 2015 in Saskatoon. Incredible local and emerging Canadian designers showcased their talents in a stunning two-part runway show. Edge agency models were breath-taking and their hair and make up styles were light and beautiful. The event was complete with a marketplace to shop the styles, swag bags, a dj and more. Our own Lisa Landrie and Erin Crooks were busy photographing the night. Thank you Lisa Landrie for sharing all these incredible photos in our post!
A few Q&A's with those who attended to recap the night...
Lisa Landrie: Lisa, you were busy photographing the event and runway show, what was the most memorable part of your night?
"The memorable part for me was seeing all the amazing pieces by Rebecca King. The balance she brings with texture and pattern is amazing and I loved seeing how her designs work with so many age demographics. I also loved seeing all the Edge models rock the unique runway. They totally killed it!"
Susan: Why do you think events such as ParkLuxe are important to local and emerging designers?
"Events such as ParkLuxe are important to local and emerging designers because it gives them a stage to present their art! Designers are artists and they spend years honing their craft and working on their style. A fashion show is the grand preparation of their work to the world. It's so important to have shows like this for designers at all stages of their career. Fashion shows such as ParkLuxe provide local and emerging designers an opportunity to present well to potential buyers, to gain experience that will help them take their business to new levels, to build relationships with other designers whom they may never bump nto except at shows, and of course to SELL their clothes!"
Lisa Hallam: What featured Canadian/local designer stood out to you?
"I adored the whole show but the designer who stood out to me was Anneke Forbes. My favourite piece was her fashion forward shiny black blazer with beautiful texture and structured shoulders. You could easily pair it with casual pieces and instantly feel dressed up. I also thought the subtle pop of colour in the make up was beautiful and worked well with all of the designs."
Shannon: What key piece do you envision in your winter wardrobe?
"I love House of Nonie's column tunic, and the illusion of wearing a dress, while still having the warmth of pants for a chilly winter."
Ariel: Did you shop the designer marketplace? If so, what did you leave with?
"Yes! I left with a fabulous Rebecca King scarf and a gold body chain from CoutuKitsch. I've worn the scarf nearly everyday.... great purchase for the winter wardrobe with a grey sweater!"
Karyn: What caught your eye on and off the runway?
"Everything was beautifully curated from the soft peachy make up pallet applied to the Edge agency models to the unique and varying pieces from each of the featured designers. I also loved the marketplace and how creative each was presented - The Rebecca King shop really caught my eye with hanging filament bulbs"
The night wouldn't have been a success without the ParkLuxe team and volunteers. They deserve a hand for showcasing these stunning designs. Thank you again for the invitation! We loved it and will be sure to return next year!
All photos: Lisa Landrie - a photogenic life