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12/05/2015

Saskatchewan Fashion Week showcases creative design

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Saskatchewan Fashion Week didn't disappoint.

It was a year of firsts for the provincial showcase, which featured runway productions Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, at the sound stage at Canada Saskatchewan Production Studios, and an expanded trunk show all three nights.

Intimate apparel collections made their debut, impressing spectators and judges alike. Regina women's intimate apparel designer Christina McFaddin won the Fashion Forward Designer Award, presented by Dr. Roberta McKay and Elmer Brenner, for her Year of the RAM collection.

Veteran fashion designer Dean Renwick wowed the audience Friday night and earned a standing ovation when he married couture fashion with contemporary street art. His white designs were transformed onstage by artist David Loren, known as Jarus.

Last year's emerging designer award winner Janis Procyk of Regina was back. But this year, her Prahsik collection featured both menswear and womenswear, cleverly showcasing variations of designs incorporating the same fabrics for men and women.

Saskatoon designer Laurie Brown. known for creating outside the box. offered a new take on transforming designs as models walked down the runway for Saskatchewan Fashion Week's finale Saturday night. Like Renwick, Brown never shies away from adding a theatrical performance element. much to the audience's delight.

"It was amazing. the diversity, the colours, the uniqueness of all the designs," Lisa Marie Schwartz of Edge Agency said at the conclusion of Saturday's runway show. "Honestly, it was spectacular. The finales were great on all three nights. It really gave the audience a lot of diversity to look at, things to remember, and definitely a lot to talk about."

"Every year, it's been getting better," said McKay. "The talent that we have in this province is just amazing. I loved every minute of it."

"You'd think you've met the creative industry after three years, but in Year 4 there were so many more ideas and creations and collaborations. It brought it up to a whole new level,' said Saskatchewan Fashion Week co-founder Candyce Fiessel. "I can't wait to see what we have in store for next year ... Now it's time to organize, step back and debrief before we dive in again, so we make it a whole new experience next year."

"One of the biggest trends right now in Saskatchewan, the coolest thing, is to be able to be wearing a local designer piece," said Chris Pritchard, executive director of this year's event. "You want to be able to answer that question, 'What are your wearing right now?' You want to be able to answer that with a local designer name."Read more here:evening dresses australia

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