PARKSHOW 2017 presents a fash­ion­ably fab­u­lous week­end

Calgary Herald - - YOU - BILL BROOKS

When one thinks of fash­ion, cities the likes of Mi­lan, Paris, New York and Lon­don spring to mind. But Cal­gary? If the tal­ented PARK team have their way, it’s only a mat­ter of time be­fore our beloved city makes the cut. PARK-Pro­mot­ing Artists Redefin­ing Kul­ture, is a vol­un­teer run net­work in West­ern Canada or­ga­nized by groups of young pro­fes­sion­als to pro­mote and sup­port lo­cal cre­ative en­trepreneurs, fash­ion de­sign­ers and ar­ti­sans in their re­spec­tive com­mu­ni­ties.

It’s re­cent of­fer­ing, PARKSHOW 2017 was more than a fash­ion show. The two-day event, held last week­end in The Yel­low Ware­house in In­gle­wood, fea­tured the best of Canada’s emerg­ing fash­ion de­sign­ers, ris­ing artists, up-and-com­ing mu­si­cal per­form­ers as well as culi­nary tal­ents. That Fri­day evening’s fash­ion show cel­e­brated the 30th an­niver­sary of Mode Mod­els added greatly to the event’s cache.

“Af­ter 30 years at the fore­front of the in­ter­na­tional modelling in­dus­try, Mode Mod­els has built an amaz­ing net­work of in­ter­na­tion­ally work­ing mod­els, hair­styl­ists, make up artists, pho­tog­ra­phers and de­sign­ers,” said Mode Mod­els pres­i­dent and CEO, Kelly Streit. Apt in­deed for Mode to part­ner with PARKSHOW on such an aus­pi­cious oc­ca­sion. And new to PARKSHOW this year was the op­por­tu­nity for at­ten­dees to sup­port Cana­dian brands be­fore, dur­ing and af­ter the run­way shows by shop­ping the vast ar­ray of goods on of­fer.

VIP ticket pur­chasers were treated to a sump­tu­ous meal at Rouge fol­lowed by front-row seat­ing-and ter­rific swag bags at the chic fash­ion show. De­sign­ers show­cased in­cluded: head­liner Rad Hourani; Len­nard Tay­lor; Ur­banovitch House of Nonie; Suka Cloth­ing; Kate Hewko; Gypsy Soul; Sage Wos­min­ity; Seed Yoga; Ma­lika Ra­jani; SP Badu; and U.N.I Co.

Hats off to the tal­ented PARK team es­pe­cially pres­i­dent Kara Chomis­tek and vice-pres­i­dent Jessie Li. Cre­at­ing such a full-on fash­ion week­end was no small feat but you pulled it off beau­ti­fully.

Fash­ion­istas in attendance at the events in­cluded: Husky’s Tammy Brown; Anne Baker; Gryzko Harper Bouw Char­tered Ac­coun­tants part­ner Brigitte Mat­shes; in­te­rior de­signer Sally Healy and her son Jensen Healy; Peter Feen­stra, fur­ni­ture de­signer fea­tured on the June is­sue of Av­enue Magazine; makeup artist to the stars Hung Van­ngo who popped in from New York to help his good friend Streit cel­e­brate Mode’s 30th an­niver­sary; Jade Davis and her sis­ter-in-law Al­li­son Davis; Hut­terite au­thor and pho­tog­ra­pher Kelly Hofer and his sis­ter, jew­elry de­signer Denise Hofer; Colleen Cap­pel­letto and her daugh­ter Chloe; Parker PR owner/di­rec­tor Ellen Parker with col­league Misty King; Pamela Clark; Ta­mara Han­son; Al­dona B.; and oth­ers pic­tured at right and be­low.

PHO­TOS: BILL BROOKS

PARKSHOW, a week­end-long cel­e­bra­tion of all things fash­ion, was a great suc­cess. Pic­tured at the kick-off evening on May 26 are PARK pres­i­dent Kara Chomis­tek with Mode Mod­els founder Kelly Streit. The event also cel­e­brated the 30th an­niver­sary of Mode...

Pic­tured, from left, at PARKSHOW on May 26 are Jensen Healy and his mom, renowned in­te­rior de­signer Sally Healy, with uber fur­ni­ture de­signer/builder Peter Feen­stra. Feen­stra is on the cover of this month’s Av­enue Magazine.

Pic­tured, from left, at PARKSHOW on May 26 are Ta­mara Han­son, Parker PR’s Misty King, Parker PR owner Ellen Parker, Ellen Clark and Al­dona B.

Pic­tured at PARKSHOW on May 26 are, from left, Husky’s Tammy Brown, Anne Baker and Brigitte Mat­shes.

Pic­tured on May 26 at the PARKSHOW Mar­ket in The Yel­low Ware­house are shop­pers Colleen Cap­pel­letto and her daugh­ter Chloe. Fash­ion­istas were in fash­ion heaven this past week­end as a three-day mar­ket, fash­ion shows and the cel­e­bra­tion of the 30th...

Pic­tured with makeup artist to the stars Hung Van­ngo at PARKSHOW on May 26 are model Jade Davis, left, and her sis­ter-in-law Al­li­son Davis.

Fash­ion­istas were in fash­ion heaven this past week­end as PARKSHOW Mode 30 took the city by storm. Pic­tured at the VIP re­cep­tion held on May 26 at Rouge are Rouge gen­eral man­ager Mike Burns with Char­ton Hobbs’ Devon Sea­grave and Van­cou­ver’s UVA bar...

Pho­tog­ra­pher and au­thor of Hut­terite Kelly Hofer and his sis­ter, jew­elry de­signer Denise Hofer are pic­tured at PARKSHOW on May 26.

Pic­tured at the PARKSHOW Mode 30 VIP re­cep­tion held on May 26 at Rouge is Gypsy Soul De­signs’ Brandi Dea. Dea’s stun­ning cre­ations would be fea­tured on the cat­walk the next evening.

Join­ing Brooks and Dodd Con­sult­ing’s Tom Dodd at PARKSHOW on May 26 are Mered­ith Boyer, left, and Av­enue Magazine ed­i­tor-in-chief Kathe Lemon.

De­signer Ma­lika Ra­jani pic­tured at her “shop” on May 26 at the PARKSHOW Mar­ket in The Yel­low Ware­house. The mar­ket, a free three-day fes­ti­val, was but one of the high­lights of PARK 2017.

Pic­tured at the PARKSHOW Mode 30 VIP re­cep­tion held on May 26 at Rouge is Len­nard Tay­lor of Len­nard Tay­lor De­sign Stu­dio fame. Tay­lor’s de­signs would be fea­tured on the cat­walk the fol­low­ing evening.

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