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
The fifth annual Festival of Vintage was held at York Racecourse over the weekend. The sunny weather drew in crowds for the loud, flashy and up-beat event. The festival, which was a celebration of popular cultures from the 20th century, was situated in two main grandstands. Spread across three floors were stalls of vintage clothing, furniture and living displays, where visitors could trawl down memory lane. Exhibitions of radios, cassette players, juke boxes and record players were not to be missed, while outside classic vehicles such as cars, caravans, scooters and bikes were lined up for the crowd to admire.
The festival also boasted fashion parades, exhibiting looks from the 1930s as well as a chance for collectors to find hidden treasures in the ‘collectors corner’. Alongside this there were many attractions and novelties for the public to try, such as a barber’s shop and beauty parlour for those who wished to achieve a truly authentic vintage look. Also avilable were free dance lessons, where visitors were encouraged to partner up and learn popular moves from the 1930s such as the Charleston, Foxtrot and Swing dance.
The dance hall was situated in one of the main stands which housed a stage and atrium so that visitors could look on and enjoy talented music acts covering songs from the likes of Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, Benny Goodman, Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holliday and T-Rex.
Many of the visitors got into the spirit of the event and came dressed in vintage clothing from various eras. Some women wore traditional 50s floating prom dresses in brightly coloured florals and check prints with matching head accessories such as scarfs, turbans and flowers . Others wore more conservative tweed suits from the 40s with fur stoles, pearls and leather gloves.
Many men wore clothes imitating professional uniforms such as those from the armed forces. Some dressed as military officers from World War Two, one in an aviator’s brown leather bomber jacket and peaked cap, another in a pilot’s navy suit with gold braiding from the 50s. Others opted for attire inspired by the wealthy upperclasses of the 1920s such as the pinstripe suit, tie and waistcoat, complete with a pocket watch on a chain. Meanwhile, some men sported clothes from a later era, such as the retro ‘Grease Lighting’ look in leather jackets, rolled up jeans and waxed, back-combed hair.
The event proved very popular, attracting thousands of visitors, from people just looking for a unique day out, to die-hard vintage lovers. Over the two days, the festival provided people with the rare opportunity to observe some of the iconic styles of the past as well as purchase new or second hand items from the stalls of fresh upcoming designers.
Although these events usually attract the generations who grew up during the respective eras on show, it was nice to see a younger generation who also share this unique interest. Despite these styles rarely being seen on our streets today, the vintage festival created an alternate world where modern clothing seemed lacking and out of place. Overall events such as this allow us a chance to look back at a pioneering time for fashion and music that created and still inspires our lifestyles today.Read more here:bridesmaid dresses australia
As is the case every spring, a veritable who's who of celebrities will meet for the annual celebration of the seventh art in Cannes, taking place this year from May 13-24. Besides international cinema icons, dozens of fashionistas, the instantly recognisable faces of the most luxurious of brands, will also be walking the red carpet in haute couture gowns designed by the most celebrated houses.
For two weeks, the Riviera will be brimming with actresses there to represent their films, be they in competition or not. Whether ambassadors for luxury fashion houses or not, every year French and Hollywood stars up the ante in originality and elegance to be the focus of attention as they perform the traditional march up the steps of the Palais des Festivals.
Marion Cotillard, a fixture at this annual celebration of cinema, will be on hand to defend Justin Kurzel's “Macbeth.” She will most likely once again walk the red carpet wearing Dior, as will Natalie Portman, another muse for the French brand, who will present (out of competition) her directorial debut, “A Tale of Love and Darkness.”
Chanel is expected to dress Diane Kruger, one of its most recognisable faces, who has the lead female role in Alice Winocour's “Maryland.”
Phenomenal designs should also highlight the forms of Sophie Marceau, Sienna Miller, Cate Blanchett, Rooney Mara, Emma Stone and Charlize Theron, all eagerly awaited on the Riviera.
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Kendall Jenner, who since her appearance in Cannes last year has become an unstoppable force in the fashion world, could make a return this year. The newest darling of the designers will inevitably be the centre of attention, the choice of her dress commented on and analysed ad infinitum. Though we can expect her to be dressed in Chanel, since she has already posed for Karl Lagerfeld, Kendall can always surprise.