High Fashion and Local Designers to meet at PARKLUXE
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, Night Panda Productions, Bernard Callebaut and Oolong Tea House. 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 www.ourparkonline.com. PARKLUXE is an 18+ event, and guests are recommended to arrive slightly earlier as doors will close when the show starts.