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If it were up to Jessie Li and Kara Chomistek, the term “starving artist” wouldn’t exist. And, if the success of their organization, PARK (Promoting Artists | Redefining Kulture), is any indication, it doesn’t have to.
In 2008, Chomistek was studying biomechanical engineering at the University of Calgary while Li was studying accounting at the U of C’s Haskayne School of Business. Despite their more academic pursuits, both had an interest in fashion and the arts, but they noticed that those local communities were losing ground.
Paper frocks: Alberta fashion students create dresses from gift wrap
Runway models could suffer a few paper cuts on when they slip into dresses made from gift wrap on Thursday at Bankers Hall in downtown Calgary.
They'll be wearing the paper dresses at a holiday fashion show over the lunch hour organized by PARK — which stands for "Promoting Artists Redefining Kulture."
"Our mandate in the city has to been to provide a platform for local artists and fashion designers to show and sell their work," said Jessie Li, vice-president and co-founder.
Bill Brooks: Top Canadian fashion designers strut their stuff
For those who are au courant on Canada’s fashion industry, it’s old news that Toronto’s Fashion Week was cancelled. You would also be up to snuff on all the acronyms associated with the industry. PFW is Paris Fashion Week. NFW? New York Fashion Week. And so on. Now we don’t have a Calgary Fashion Week (CFW?), but we do have PARK (Promoting Artists Redefining Kulture). The avant organization recently partnered with CAFA (Canadian Arts and Fashion Awards) as part of CAFA’s national event series Fashion Connects. The partnership proved the perfect lead up to Parkluxe-PARK’s annual fashion show which this year took place Oct 1 in the fabulous Studio Bell, Home of the National Music Centre.
A DOTE NIGHT OUT WITH PARKLUXE AND KLEIN/HARRIS
Saturday nights for the gals of the Dote team vary quite dramatically depending on who you are talking to. Some of us like to pull on the sweats, crack a bottle of wine, and fire-up Netfilx, while a few of us like to keep the social calendar packed with friends and events and everything else the city has to offer. But either way, when a PARK (PROMOTING ARTISTS, REDEFINING KULTURE) event rolls around, we are all there cheering on the beauty of Canadian Fashion and art.
Luxury Canadian designers showcase talent at PARKLUXE 2016
The Calgary Journal
Fashion lovers across the city filled the walls of Calgary's Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre, in East Village on Saturday Oct. 1, 2016.
Designed by Brad Cloepfil, Canadian Architect Magazine says the building reflects the emergence of a new Calgary. This made Studio Bell a fitting venue for PARKLUXE 2016, a fashion show celebrating the work and promoting the talents of Canadian luxury designers.
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A visual journey of Calgary’s leading fashion organization PARK
The Calgary Journal
PARK (Promoting Artists Redefining Kulture) is a Calgary-based non-profit organization to promote and support local emerging artists and designers.
Founded in 2008 by then University of Calgary student Kara Chomistek, the organization began as a means to display the creative works of her friends. Since then, PARK has expanded to include annual outdoor markets, pop-up fashion booths and fashion shows across Western Canada.
PARK provides emerging Canadian designers with a means to showcase their work and gain exposure on a national level to help build promising and long-lasting relationships in the fashion industry.
Designer Paul Hardy Talks PARKLUXE and Canadian Fashion
Fashion may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Calgary — most people are more likely to associate the city with oil booms and stampedes than high style. But one organization aims to change that: Park Luxe, a non-profit that promotes emerging artists and designers in Western Canada.
On October 1st, Park Luxe is hosting a gala (with 1,250 people set to attend) at Studio Bell, the new National Music Centre in Calgary, which will include a major catwalk event to showcase Canadian designers like Paul Hardy, Marie Saint Pierre, Malorie Urbanovitch and Lauren Bagliore to name just a few, as well as fashion retailers from Calgary's Banker's Hall. There will also be live music by City Sleep and Run Dear Run.
PARKLUXE showcasing top Canadian designers
With the closing of Toronto Fashion Week’s doors, PARK (Promoting Artists | Redefining Kulture) is an even more important platform to showcase top-notch Canadian designers.
PARKLUXE, presented by Bankers Hall on Oct. 1, features a lineup that includes: Atelier By Ensemble Style (menswear), House of Nonie ( who recently presented her Spring/Summer 2017 Collection to Vogue in NYC), Lauren Bagliore, Malorie Urbanovitch, Marie St. Pierre, Okakie, Paul Hardy and Year of the Ram (classy lingerie).
Each year PARKLUXE mixes art and fashion to show off an array of creative talent. The event showcases some of Canada's best high-end fashion designers and artists _ there's a runway show following the opening reception as well as pop-up shops throughout the venue all evening. A few of the featured designers at this year's event include Paul Hardy, Malorie Urbanovitch and Year of the Ram. Proceeds support other PARK initiatives like the annual outdoor artisan market PARKSALE and the emerging artists and designers forum PARKFORUM.
Calgary luxury designers fix-up for ParkLUXE
A variety of sketches are laid out on the floor of Paul Hardy’s studio that are stapled with swatches of fabric as the designer plans out his collection for ParkLUXE 2016.
Hardy is just one several Canadian designers who will be featured in ParkLUXE 2016, an experimental fashion show on Oct. 1 that will be making its home this year at the National Music Centre in an effort to infuse both live music and fashion.
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For fashion lovers, Fall is arguably the season that helps set the style tone for the rest of the year...Perhaps for retailers September is the perfect time to keep up with the trends in order keep consumers coming back, despite the economic climate.
THE HOTTEST FASHION LOOKS FOR CALGARY FOLK MUSIC FESTIVAL
One of our favourite music festivals, Calgary Folk Music Festival is just around the corner. It’s the perfect event to discover new music, soak up the sun, and drink all the sangria. On top of that, it’s also the best time to show off your style game for all of YYC to take note. We know you’re going to want to be comfortably cool, but you’re not going to want to compromise your style either. So we gathered up some fashion inspiration for you, shot on location at PARK SALE, that will up the fashion ante and help you slay your festival look.
What Calgary's Fashion Elites Wore to PARKSHOW 2016
Calgary's sartorial set were out in full force at Chinook Centre on May 27 and 28 to attend two packed fashion shows courtesy of PARK. PARKSHOW 2016 brought a Miami vibe that had attendees taking in local graffiti art, food and a cocktail or two alongside some impressive fashion from 15 emerging designers. And while the runway was a true testament to the strength of Canada's fashion industry, the outfits that filled the seats along its edge were a true example of the city's fashion ambassadors.
PARKSHOW 2016: A FASHION PARTY IN YYC
Because in Calgary weather is made up and seasons don’t matter, it’s hard to reach a general consensus on what marks the start of summer. For some Calgarians, it’s that first patio pimms at National. For others, it’s that first rafting trip down the Bow. However, for Calgary’s style-inclined community, there’s no better way to tell summer is here than the arrival of the annual PARK (Promoting Artists, Redefining Kulture) series.
PARKSHOW expands to two nights
Designers skirt new trends for Calgary's Parkshow 2016
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For Calgary designer Anneke Forbes, fashion isn’t just a day job – it’s in the fabric of her being.
Forbes first began sewing and working with patterns at the age of 10 – now she’s presenting her handmade outerwear collection at this year’s Parkshow 2016 showcase. The annual fashion show highlights local designers in Chinook Mall.
Among the classic shapes of her collection is a flurry of bold colours, from pink coats to baby blue motorcycle jackets.
PARKSHOW 2016 Brings Miami to Calgary
You might want to clear your schedule on May 27 and 28 because PARKSHOW 2016 presented by CF Chinook Centre is giving Calgary a taste of Miami with two unique runway shows featuring 15 emerging designers. Organized by PARK (Promoting Artists, Redefining Kulture), PARKSHOW gives these designers a venue to show off and sell their work, and all profits from ticket sales go towards helping to promote and educate Canada’s fashion design talent.
Learn more about PARKSHOW 2016
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PARKLUXE Fashion Show
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PARKLUXE 2015 fashionably fabulous
Scores of the hip and happening set gathered at Riverwalk Plaza, East Village for Parkluxe 2015- a high-fashion and art showcase featuring a diverse lineup of local design, art and cuisine. Presented by Bankers Hall, the event supported PARK-a local organization with the mandate of promoting and educating local artists and fashion designers through a variety of annual workshops, sales opportunities and it’s signature fashion show- Parkluxe.
In the blistering wind of Friday, October the third, a massive festival tent was painstakingly erected along the East Village Riverwalk. The following evening, the who’s who of the Calgary fashion world descended upon the tent to indulge in the exuberant social scene, exclusive designer pop-up shops, and artistically masterful fashion show that have become characteristic of the PARK event series. On this particular night was the Parkluxe luxury art and fashion show. Parkluxe is the culmination of PARK’s yearly event series that features pop-up shops and fashion shows from emerging Canadian designers and artists. With a diverse showing of both men’s and women’s fashion designers from Calgary and the rest of Canada, this year’s event was not something to be missed.
Made in YYC
Parkluxe showcases local
With fashion week season in full swing, it only seems fitting our city joins in to celebrate the undeniably talented Canadian Designers in our very own backyard. Saturday, Oct. 3, Parkluxe 2015 presented by Bankers Hall will be showcasing a solid line-up of high fashion brands with the likes of Caitlin Power, Eliza Faulkner, House of Nonie, Paul Hardy, Laura Siegel, Malorie Urbanovitch and headliner Travis Taddeo; art work from Edmonton’s Cory Christopher will be featured. The event takes place at the Riverwalk Plaza in the highly anticipated East Village.
PARKLUXE set to showcase Canadian designers on Saturday
Global News Calgary
Wed, Sep 30: PARKLUXE fashion show and art exhibition will showcase local and national designers who are making an impact throughout Canada and North America.
Katie Marks and Kara Chomistek join Global Morning News with the details on Saturday’s event happening in the East Village.
PARKSHOW 2015 Transofrms Parkade into Catwalk
Trust the terrifically talented team at non-profit arts and fashion organization PARK (Promoting Artists | Redefining
Kulture) to take it to the next level.
Its eighth installment of PARKSHOW took place May 23 in the newest north parkade addition at Chinook Centre. The event brought the coastline to Calgary through an interactive and underground experience in an ocean-inspired setting. Featured Calgary artist Jennie Vallis channeled the ocean theme with her series of ocean-inspired installations.
Codreanu: 6Streets, Modern Menswear and Street Gentlemen showing at PARKSHOW
Local and national clothing designers will be revealing their designs down PARKSHOW’s runway on Saturday.
Three friends and business partners presenting their work this weekend – Clothing Designer Andy Nguyen of 6Streets, Boutique Owner Drew Rudichuk of Modern Menswear and Stylist Sunjeev Prasad of Street Gentlemen – are taking the meaning of fashion collaboration to a new level.
“Our goal is to showcase design and products, but also be able to tell a story through them. Given this opportunity, we believe that this will create a new perspective in Calgary’s fashion scene as well as local business collaboration,” says Nguyen.
The 6streets brand embodies streetwear and lifestyle all in one; it’s about breaking away from the norm and dressing in line with your authentic self.
A Glimpse of Last Year’s PARKLUXE 2014
Every year, the PARK committee, one of the most stylish committees you’ll ever know, puts on two shows. PARK & PARKLUXE.
PARK, the first show of 2015 takes place at the Chinook Centre Parkade this Saturday. May 23rd, 2015. Come and join us for the evening as we celebrate local designers and view their collections. There will be an opportunity to purchase their collections at the show.
For more information visit www.ourparkonline.com
Blending London fashion with Canada's West at Calgary's Chinook Centre
Eliza Faulkner was in for some culture shock when she arrived in London to attend fashion school.
Then 19, the Canadian designer was accepted to the prestigious Central Saint Martins arts university and found the city just a tad different from the Vancouver Island community she’d left behind.
“It’s definitely a different way of life there,” said Faulkner, who immersed herself in London’s cultural and fashion scenes during the five years she lived there.
“I was exposed to arts in a way that I’d never been before. It was an eye-opening experience. They really respect fashion there. North America, in general, is a bit more fun and frivolous with fashion. But in London it’s considered an art form so there’s a lot more support and admiration for it.”
Faulkner moved back to Canada in 2011 and started her own business, utilizing the knowledge she gained at Central Saint Martins but taking inspiration from the west coast’s more casual vibe.
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5 Things We're Looking Forward to at PARKSHOW
On May 23 PARK (Promoting Artists Redefining Kulture) will be hosting its eighth installment of PARKSHOW. Ten handpicked designers from Western Canada will be showing their spring/summer 2015 collections to an audience of over 700 guests.
It’s shaping up to be the biggest and best PARKSHOW yet. Here are five things we’re looking forward to:
Ten designers will be showing their spring/summer 2015 collections. Headliners include Eliza Faulkner (Vancouver), Bano eeMee (Calgary), SP Badu (Calgary), Vivian Lee (Toronto/Calgary), LUXX RTW (Edmonton), Suka (Edmonton),CoutuKitsch (Calgary), Lennard Taylor (Winnipeg), 6 Street (Calgary) and Forge Apparel (Calgary). To round things out, several Chinook Centre merchants will also be featured.
Fashion Show Alert: PARK Releases 2015 PARKSHOW Location
You can always count on PARK to throw a notable fashion affair.
Bringing together a stylish crowd and a runway full of top Canadian talent, each installment takes place in some of the most unusual event spaces this city has to offer. From golf domes to opera tents, the organizers continue to up the ante by transforming a wide variety of spaces into the setting for an unforgettable and well-styled evening.
And the PARKSHOW taking place on May 23rd will be no exception.
If you’re wondering where you’ll be heading for this year’s event, then your wait is over. Drum roll, please….
PARKSHOW to transform parking lot for next editiong of art and fashion show
Park is set to bring a new definition to the term ‘parkade.’
The non-profit organization (Promoting Artists | Redefining Kulture) is set to host the eighth instalment of its art and fashion show in the parkade under the new addition at Chinook Centre, transforming the otherwise standard place to park into a place for PARK. Inspired by the ocean, the event will create a surreal environment in the lower level of the parkade, with a long runway for models to showcase the fashions of 10 Canadian designers, including six from Calgary. The event will also feature Calgary artist Jennie Vallis who will show a series of installations themed around the ocean.
Calgary Best Events of 2014
There were a lot of high points for events in Calgary this year. Quickly becoming a city known not only for wild parties during Stampede, YYC is now on the map for notable events like High Performance Rodeo, Sled Island Music Festival, Packwood Grand and the quirky but cool Beakerhead science festival.
And with underground taco pop-ups, we can safely say our food scene is just another feather in the cap. Read on to see what we consider to be 10 defining events this year:
PARKSHOW art exhibit
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Fabulous local fashion to the fore at Parkluxe
When one thinks fashionably forward, cities the likes of Milan, Paris, New York and London spring to mind. But Calgary? If the super folks involved with Parkluxe have their way, our fair city can look forward to eventually playing with the big boys.
Oct. 4 saw scores of guests gather at River Walk Plaza to experience Parkluxe 2014. The luxury fall fashion show, brainchild of PARK (Promoting Artists Redefining Kulture) featured six designers: Caitlin Power; Laura Siegel; Malorie Urbanovitch; Workhall; Paul Hardy and Official Stylemaker for the Cayman Islands, Matthew Gallagher. The event afforded guests the opportunity to view the latest in fall fashion as well as the unusual ability to purchase what you liked-right off the runway.
On the Scene: PARKLUXE 2014 SASKATOON
PARKLUXE Saskatoon fashion show
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PARKLUXE Gives Calgary Everything it Needs to Look Good This Fall
On Saturday night the Opera Tent in East Village was transformed into a luxurious party spot.
In fact, anybody who happened to be passing by was doing a double take wondering where the well-heeled crowd was headed.
The much-anticipated PARKLUXE fashion event – which turned out to be pretty the best thing that happened in Calgary this weekend.
Beyond bubbles and bright lights, guests were treated to an up close and personal lesson in what’s hot and fashion forward for Fall 2014 with a handful of brilliant Canadian designers.
So what should you be wearing this season?
For starters, anyone wondering what colours are in right now, navy, grey, cocoa, and forest green were all popular shades on the runway. Designers like Malorie Urbanovitch, known for their schoolgirl chic, reminded us that knee socks go with pretty much anything, while Paul Hardy’s shearling jackets also made quite the impression.
Fashion Spotlight: Meet the People Behind PARK
In 2008, Calgary saw its first ever PARKSHOW. And since its inception, the non-profit organization has flourished, expanding to include not just one fashion event, but several, including PARKSALE, PARKLUXE and PARKSHOW, all with the goal of supporting emerging artists and the fashion community that is ever-growing in Calgary.
While the shows are the main event, the fashionable people behindPARK (Promoting Artists Redefining Kulture), including co-founder and president, Kara Chomistek, are just as memorable. We were curious about not only their efforts with the company, but also how their personal styles and love for fashion drives this huge undertaking.
Parkluxe 2014 offers something for all
Parkluxe 2014 is a chance to see some high-end fashion right here in Calgary.
The Oct. 4 event is a luxury fashion show and exhibition put on by PARK (Promoting Artists Redefining Kulture).
That means that not only will showgoers have the chance to see designers present their collections on the runway, but they’ll also have the opportunity to visit with the designers and purchase some of what they saw on the runway, as well as other items from the collection.
PARK is known for putting on events that bring the fashion and culture community together and their events are great places to network and meet with like-minded people. Parkluxe is an unparalleled event because if you like something, you can immediately purchase it off the runway. Many of the designers who put on fashion shows also make made-to-order garments, so if you want something tweaked for you or your body type, you can make a connection with the designer on the spot. The event is something that is unique to Calgary and is an opportunity for designers, collaborators, shareholders, window-shoppers, and customers to meet in one place. If you’re unfamiliar with the Calgary fashion scene, Parkluxe is a great introduction to it. Designers part of Parkluxe will be showing their Fall 2014 collections, so it will be an opportune time to pad your winter wardrobe with clothes that work well for Calgary’s climate.
PARKLUXE 2014: Uniting Nationwide Designers for the First Time in Western Canada
PARKLUXE is a heavily anticipated event for young professionals in Calgary.
And this year will be no different.
With an estimated 800+ guests from across the country expected to attend, it’s the perfect opportunity to put your best fashion-foot forward and show off those stylish outfits before you go into hibernation under layers of scarves and parkas.
One notable designer in particular that will surely whet your fashion appetite, Matthew Gallagher, is following his acclaimed Fall/Winter 2014 show at Toronto’s World MasterCard Fashion Week by bringing his collection to Calgary.
Sneak a peek at this weekend’s PARKSALE
“PARKSALE has always been a free event for the community and vendors. We finance the event through fundraisers we host throughout the year, including our fashion events PARKSHOW and PARKLUXE,” says founder Kara Chomistek. “The event idea came from a need we saw in the community — young artists and new business owners who could not afford expensive vendor fees. This event gives this demographic the opportunity to show and sell their work that they wouldn’t have otherwise.”
8 Things to Look Forward to at PARKshow 2014
PARKshow (PARK stands for "Promoting Artists, Redefining Kulture") is an annual consumer-focused fashion, music and art show.
The event, which takes place this Saturday, March 15, gives emerging artists and fashion designers from Calgary and Western Canada the opportunity to show and sell their work. Fashion designer, stylist and PARK president and co-founder, Kara Chomistek, describes PARKSHOW as “a dangerous event for your wallet.”
Here’s a preview of what to look out for at the show.
ParkShow 2014 – Another Fantastic Show!
A huge success! Once again ParkShow has done it again by putting on an unforgettable event that promotes local artists and their work. Being in the arts industry can be very exciting but also tough since it isn’t like any other career. You have to be very creative and show your passion through your work. Having events like these puts up and coming designers into the spotlight and make their brand known.
Event Recap: PARKSHOW 2014
PARK gave people a reason to skip the downtown bar scene on Saturday night and head to the southern part of town. The 2014 PARKSHOW took place at the NGA Golf Dome and guests were amazed with the transformation of the space from a leisurely place to hit golf balls in the winter into a fashion Mecca complete with designer pop-up shops, an impressive runway, and a VIP section for guests to mix and mingle. The drinks were delicious, the crowd was full of excitement, and the fashion being displayed was show stopping.
The non-profit major arts and fashion organization, PARK (Promoting
Artists | Redefining Kulture) to host seventh instalment of PARKSHOW on Saturday, March 15 at the NGA
Golf Dome in Calgary, Alta. The event which aims to promote emerging artists, inspire the community, and
aid in the growth of Alberta’s cultural scene will feature 10 designers and one artist from across Western
Canada. The show is heavily anticipated by the public, media and the industry’s leaders with an expected
700-person guest count as local Calgarians, city of Edmonton and province of Saskatchewan visitors come
show their support.
Sneak Peek of PARKSHOW 2014: Kazz Clothing
Winnipeg-born clothing designer, Ashley Kasdorf of Kazz Clothing, who moved around with her five sisters and parents in her younger years due to her father’s work, has now taken permanent residence in Regina.
“I come from a family of all girls, so I decided to carry my family name through my clothing line!” she says. Kazz is her nickname.
She is one of the several designers who will be showcasing her Spring/Summer 2014Collection at PARKSHOW this Saturday, March 15th at the NGA Golf Dome.
With only two years behind her brand, Kasdorf has received great publicity. She has been featured on CTV Morning Live as well as Global News Regina, and in publications such as Leader-Post Fashion and Metro Regina; she continues to gain momentum.
Calgary's hottest designers
Who’s ready for a fashion show? If you are, you’re in good company. On Saturday night, 700 people or so will gather at the NGA Golf Dome (50 50 Avenue S.W.) for PARKSHOW, one of Calgary’s most fabulous and fashionable events.
Special Edition Style YYC: PARKLUXE
When it comes to fashion events specifically, anything and everything is bound to appear, as it did on Saturday night at the third instalment of PARKLUXE Fall/Winter 2013. PARK is a non-profit arts and fashion organization that stands for Promoting Artists |Redefining Kulture and aims to bring together and celebrate Alberta designers.
Event Recap: PARKLUXE 2013
PARK, which stands for “Promoting Artists and Redefining Kulture,” is the creative energy behind the PARKLUXE fashion show and has been gaining momentum over the last few years. PARK is a group of talented artists who are passionate about growing and re-defining the art and fashion scene in Calgary. The mission of the PARKLUXE fashion shows is to give exposure to designers and artists who are creating high-end work that deserves both local and international attention. On October 5th, the Telus Spark Science Centre was transformed into an elegant setting for the 2013 PARKLUXE. Upon entering the room, guests were greeted by a mile-long runway worthy of fashion week in the Big Apple. There was no shortage of sponsors involved; everyone from Holt Renfrew to the Glenbow Museum and MAC makeup were excited to endorse the glamorous event. The crowd was filled with well-heeled locals, photographers who had no shortage of beautiful subjects to work with, and fashionistas in head-turning outfits.
A Designer Featured: ANNE B. at PARKLUXE
Anne Corpuz-Bacalso, known to the Calgary fashion scene as Anne B. of Anne B. accessories is among the featured luxury designers at the October 5th showcase. I asked Anne a few questions to quickly get an understanding of what drives her.
Anne is a jewelry designer and a retail merchant. Her collections draw from art, culture, travel, landscape and the people around her, so the majority of her pieces are composed of stones, shell, wood and resin. When asked how she approaches the selection process to fine the right pieces to include in her inventory/collection, she answered, “Advance Fashion Forecasting. I have to be a trend setter and not a trend follower. I also get a lot of inspiration from the people around me. But most importantly, I have to listen to what the customer’s needs are – Looking at what’s selling and thinking about how to make some new exciting pieces they’ll respond to.”
Designers set to make waves at hot-ticket PARKLUXE 2013
Nicole Campre: Today’s Notable Young Entrepreneur
Today’s Notable Young Entrepreneur is fashion designer Nicole Campre, whose line, CAMPRE, is committed to evolving and supporting the art and fashion community in Alberta. What was the inspiration behind her brand? Find out in today’s profile…
Elevator Pitch: Describe your designs/brand in a nutshell.
CAMPRE was a name given to my grandmother during her residential school years in Northern Alberta. It doesn’t actually exist in history, which represents our aesthetic perfectly. We are modern and independent, yet evolving and unknown. It’s unintentionally a powerful name that has developed into a cultured label.
PARK stands for “Promoting Artists, Redefining Kulture.” PARK is a network organized by a group of young Calgarian artists to promote and support fellow emerging artists in the community. The city is growing, and they are excited to step up and take an active role in helping and shaping how culture will grow in urban Calgary.
Style Q&A: Kara Chomistek
There are a few different sides to Kara Chomistek. She’s a biomedical engineer by trade and a semi-professional salsa dancer for fun. But it’s her role as cofounder and president of Calgary-based arts initiative PARK (Promoting Artists, Redefining Kulture) that has the fashion community abuzz.
A born-and-raised Calgarian, Chomistek noticed that the city’s emerging artists didn’t have a place to show or sell their art. So, drawing upon her own love of the arts and her gift of connecting creative people to other creative people, she filled the need. Whether it’s through her grassroots-style PARKSALEs or her ultra-sleek, high-concept PARKLUXE fashion shows, she has sent out a message to Calgary’s young talents: you will be seen.
ParkShow Preview from the Designers
ParkShow is back this Saturday for its fifth annual strut down the runway. The event is a mash-up of fashion, art and music that gives us a snapshot of the locally made up-and-coming fashion industry. Two shows will have designers sending everything from wedding gowns and urban wear to handbags and hand-printed fabrics down the runway. For an overview of what to look for, we went to the source and asked the designers to describe their collections in three (or four) words and tell us the standout detail, technique or item we should watch for in their collections.
PARKSHOW a Showcase for Calgary Fashion and Art
Calgary’s fashion pack, art muses, culture curators and socialites alike took over the Palliser South Tower for the 4th annual PARKSHOW, a sold-out afternoon and evening of urban fashion shows and an art exhibition. Showcasing the emerging, coveted and ooh-worthy talent of our city’s designers and creatives, PARKSHOW also gives much-needed exposure to the artists. Larger than life personalities, creations and people took over the space, leaving many intrigued about an expanded venue and show next time around.
Parkluxe Fashion Show Lives Up To Its Luxe Promise
Models marched to the beat of a very local drum at the Parkluxe Fashion Show on Aug. 26. Beneath enormous coloured glass baubles that hung from the ceiling of Jamieson Place Winter Gardens, and washed in the glow of natural light augmented by spotlights at the end of the runway, designs from Caitlin Power, Bridget Bergman, Lara Presber and Anne B. Accessories were shown to great effect.
How To Survive A Raptor Attack: Parkluxe Designers Weigh In
This Friday’s Parkluxe fashion show at the Jamieson Winter Gardens is shaping up to be quite an affair, with designers Caitlin Power, Bridget Bergman, Lara Presber and Anne Bacalso showcasing their clothing and accessories. But fashion isn’t always fun and games and smoothly-running shows. To help prepare these designers for the most dangerous eventualities, Avenue outlined a few hypothetical, bizarre situations in which they would have to choose between their personal safety and the well-being of their wardrobes. Read on to find out how they — or their clothing — would survive.