Ms Exotika contestants strike a pose with JED Productions Organizer, Justine Charlamagne at the Ms Exotika press conference, Sunday Oct 13, in Calgary, AB.

JED Productions presents Calgary’s first Miss Exotika 2013 gala; which is set to be hosted by Sunday Omony and Marilou Ignacio. The gala will take place at Magnolia Banquet Hall (5075 Falconridge Blvd NE) November 2, 2013. Miss Exotika 2013 welcomed the press Sunday giving the media exclusive access to its contestants, directors and sponsors. For more information on Miss Exotica 2013 please visit:


September is a huge month for fashion, and the world is filled with inspiration from runway shows in major fashion meccas like Paris and New York City. YYC Fashion Week was aimed at bringing that energy and atmosphere into Calgary through showcasing local fashion professionals. The event ran from September 25th – 27th at the cSpace King Edward in trendy Marda Loop.

Hosted by media personalities Kimleestar Jev and Yeats Wong each evening featured six designers and various additional performances from local artists.

Thursday opened with a bang with the bright and beautiful Lionette collection. Lionette is a brand from local textile artist, Jessica Armstrong. Armstrong has stated that she loves to work with the idea of innocence versus sexuality, and her collection at YYCFW was a whimsical balance between the two. Using a complimentary colour palette – vibrant red and royal blue – she created a formal, feminine aesthetic with just enough eye-catching detail to let any girl feel like the princesses that inspired the line.


Guests also loved the wearability of Marsina King’s MaNoKin Design line, which featured rich neutral tones with sophisticated wine accents.


ACAD graduate Ashleigh Amber Moore’s jewelry line draws inspiration from the beauty of nature in Alberta and British Colombia with its rustic charm and contemporary shapes.

Lauren Rebecca showcased her versatile line, a stylish take on clean basics with a twist of bright orange accents.

The star of Thursday was undoubtedly Lady Tais. Lady Tais is a Toronto-based brand from European designer Taisia Novakhova. Novakhova’s line exudes a confident elegance, a clear homage to her inspiration, Coco Chanel. Her unisex collection was the talk of the night, with its luxuriously silky swinging skirts, delicate swirling drapery, and clean, structured trenches; a perfect collection for any young professional with a flair for the dramatic.

Words and Images by Megan Mackay


Calgary is quickly developing into a town that will soon be landing on the fashion road map. This is evident by the talents brought out at the first YYC Fashion Week this past week.

On opening night the fashion festivities began with collections hitting the runway from six different designers. Setting them apart from other Canadian fashion weeks, YYC added in some performance art to keep the audience captivated and remind us that every type of art works beautifully together.

The six designers showed off their newest collections to an eager audience but there were two designers in particular who stole the show. Three very different designers took their designs to the stage to wow the YYC fashion audience. Apiana Que showed how to perfectly combine art and fashion. A.M.K. showed off her talents in jewelry design, and NRT Fashions wowed the crowd with her edgy trends.

Apiana Que designed by Ashley Quan showed off her hand painted fabrics, which added an arty element to the designs. The designs themselves were the perfect combination of feminine with masculine touches. But the city skyline prints on the pieces are what made the line stand out for me. The cream blazer with a back print of the skyline was a piece that could take any outfit from average to stunning. Ashley truly showed off how to turn fashion into art.


A.M.K by Alex Krewiak was presented incredibly and became for me a standout of the night. From the first moment of her show the audience was hit with piece after piece of amazing jewelry, unlike what you see in your average department store jewelry section. The pieces were not only on trend, but also showcased in a way that kept your eyes where they were supposed to be. The models wore all white and each was styled in pieces that captivated your attention. The necklaces, bracelets, and earrings each had a story behind them that make each piece a special addition to any collection. The piece that was talked about throughout the event was the tree trunk cuff bracelet; the piece covered most of the models forearm with details that could add amazement to any outfit.


The show then took a brief intermission only to welcome audiences back with more performance art that set the tone and excitement for the second half. This excitement was continued when NRTs drop dead backdrop hit the runway.

N.R.T Fashions designed by Nicole Rita Tomney, were edgy, and runway worthy. The leather detailing and uniqueness caught the attention of the audience and kept them mesmerized from start to finish. The standout piece from this collection for me was the striped wrap sweater with leather detailing. The piece had perfect draping, and was unlike anything on store racks for the fall. Nicole did a fantastic job with her line direction and showing at YYC Fashion Week, definitely proving that she is going to be a standout local designer for years to come.


Unmarked Images & Words by Kari Pedersen || Marked Images Courtesy Of  YYC Fashion Week. 



Fall is finally here and we thought it would be a fantastic time to throwback Thursday to the very last days of summer. In celebration of our 6th anniversary and a serious attempt to hold onto summer we stocked up on our favourite summer party snack Pringles and invited our favourite DJs and our readers to Broken City to bid summer adieu in style.

We had Aurora Sol debut with her first DJ performance. Playing a fine stream of classic hip hop tracks to start out the evening. Donna Dada of Modern Math set the dance vibes with an all UK funky set. DJ RoyLT Redbull Thre3style qualifier rounded off the night with his solid selection and took us through a diverse variety of music.

The night POP-ed with guests sporting moustaches as well as party games where we challenged our guests to see who could make the tallest Pringles can fort possible. Check out our Instagram for more Pringles Party Trick Photos. We had fashionable guests in attendance such as Haithem Elkadiki of KaaDiki, Sabrina May of Sabrina May PR Angel of IndianicityLina of Savage Grace Designs  and Melanie Parsons of Savage Rose Designs showing their support. All while Life of Elle Canada and YYC Fashion Week kept us all in the style know how and pumped us up for their runway shows.

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Canadian Supermodel Stacey McKenzie Brings Award Winning Modeling Workshops To Calgary

CALGARY, AB – On October 17 and 18, 2013, Canadian supermodel Stacey McKenzie will inspire, empower and educate a select group of aspiring models during the specially formulated Western Canada debut of her award winning Walk This Way Workshops at Le Germain Calgary. Spread over two evenings, McKenzie will provide the workshops as part of the bi-monthly ACTLIKEUKN_W series developed by leading fashion website,

From ruling the runways of Paris, Milan, London, New York and Toronto to gracing the glossies of publications like Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue while appearing in high profile billboard campaigns for highly esteemed fashion powerhouses such as Calvin Klein, United Colors of Benetton and many others, McKenzie has taken the fashionable road less travelled to become a homegrown sensation.

“I’m delighted to bring my workshops to an area known for its emerging talent within the fashion industry,” says McKenzie. “My goal is to prepare these aspiring models for the challenges they will face as they pursue their dreams in the arts, fashion, entertainment industries.” editor in chief Kimberley Jev says, “We’ve been waiting patiently for the right time to release this kind of educational forum for fashion. It’s extremely monumental for our city when a supermodel of McKenzie’s rank takes notice of our city and we are beyond honored to welcome Ms. McKenzie and the Walk This Way Workshops to Calgary.”

Tickets to attend the ACTLIKEUKN_W WALK THIS WAY WORKSHOPS WITH STACEY MCKENZIE are available at Each ticket will give access to the ACTLIKEUKN_W Walk This Way Workshops With Stacey McKenzie Workshop as well as the ACTLIKEUKN_W VIP AFTERPARTY featuring MINK PINK + SWEET SOUL BURLESQUE + BLONDTRON at The Hifi Club in Calgary, AB October 19th, 2013.

About Walk This Way Workshops:

Founded in 2005 by Supermodel Stacey McKenzie, Walk This Way Workshops has made a significant impact across North America and The Caribbean on those aspiring to work in the fashion, arts and entertainment industries. Walk This Way Workshops focuses on inspiring, empowering and educating young women through a series of confidence builder workshops fashioned to help develop self-esteem and gain confidence in the industry through self-acceptance. Walk This Way Workshops has been featured in Teen Vogue Fashion University, Canadian Mental Health Association, Kent State University and Queens School of Business.



Twitter: @WTWWorkshops #WWTWCalgary

About Stacey McKenzie:

Stacey McKenzie has channeled her passion for fashion into a successful career. A model, motivational speaker, TV personality and actress, McKenzie is a proven entity in the industry. Self trained as a model, Stacey has and continues to work with some of the world’s fashion elites. McKenzie has been a staple on numerous pages and covers of top fashion magazines and major campaigns including, Vogue (U.S, Italian, British, Korean and Spanish), Harpers Bazaar, Interview, Verve-girl, Flare, Vibe, Calvin Klein, Jean Paul Gaultier and MAC Cosmetics. Stacey was recently presented with the 2012 Success, Engagement & Empowerment Award from the Student Federation of the University of Ottawa for her outstanding support of youth through her work with Walk This Way Workshops.



Twitter: @StaceyMcKenzie1 #WWTWCalgary



Mark Mills is Calgary’s posi-vibes, feel-good-music guru.

Blending an erotic mix of electro-dance beats fused with funk flare and swathed with rock he has created his own brand of “electro-sex pop.”

Maybe it’s all the antioxidants he eats or the yoga he does but his energy is pure positivity, pure enjoyment, and for some pure guilty pleasure. You cant’ help but be drawn in by his performance. His intensity and vigour when he starts to gyrate and shimmy through each number and a voice that is ethereal yet commanding is intoxicating.

It’s sexy, it’s dancey and it’ll get you moving but mostly it’s fun and full of heart. Mark’s love of music is evident through his lengthy involvement in the Calgary music scene.

He has shared the stage with many acts including Hot Sweet Noise, Needy Cat and Life-Like Cobra, but his debut cassette “Go Love Yourself” is the first time he has found himself in the spotlight solo.

His journey to the limelight didn’t come without trials and tribulations. “Through cleansing and releasing tension in my body I was able to release the tension in my mind,” Mills says. Many of us get to a point where there’s a need to find ourselves in a crazy world.

For Mark it was the dissolution of a relationship —a sentiment almost anyone can relate to— that lead him on his quest.

What he found was clarity through healthy living, an understanding perspective and a desire to be the best father possible that allowed him to channel his inner creativity.

“The things I started to write about were more compassionate. To myself and others and the way I perceived the world came from a place of love and compassion.”

With song titles like “Go Love Yourself,” “Goodbye Moment,” and “Photo Finish,” his albums breaths catharsis, but instead of sitting in a dark corner weeping, you’re inspired to dance. Writing and recording the songs himself, was no doubt a personal achievement and something any artist would be proud of. It’s never an easy task though.

“I have to work for it sometimes,” Mills says of his writing process, a process that can start with lyrics written down in his phone or a melody in his head. “Sometimes it’ll just come to me.” He his constantly up for the challenge and the challenge to engage with the crowd and have skeptics enjoy themselves.“Each show is a different audience, a different room and it’s important to stay open,” Mills says. But even with the varying degrees of success, it’s no easy feat trying to be a full time artist while working a full time job, and raising a child.

“Calgary is so prosperous with talent and supportive artists,” says Mills. But he would like to see more support for those pursuing their artistic dreams, referring to Edmonton’s Artist Urban Village. “It’s tough to be a full time artist and have a full time job and find the inspiration and not be compromised by the reality of paying bills,” Mills says.

He is unwavering though. “You just make it work to get there.”

Catch Mark Mills, The High Kicks and Eve Hell and the Razors at the third annual RiverWalk Celebration ROCK THE WALK  3 SATURDAY JULY 20.

By Vanessa Conley 



Dear Style Queens and Daughters of Chic,

We all dream of that retail sanctuary, a space where it’s just you and the clothes ready for any situation: work, dinner, the dancefloor or just because, come rain, snow or shine. Well, we’ve found it in Gypsy Friday, every girl’s dream walk in boutique.

This chic new addition to the First Street strip is a dainty hotspot featured within The Gallery’s new location at 1314 – 1 St. S.W. The blend of the two boutiques gives Gypsy Friday its idiosyncratic edge.

Front woman and buyer for Gypsy Friday, Jaimee Slifka–Butalia’s unique presentation of Calgary’s latest buzzworthy boutique allows for its guests to immerse themselves in the laces and silks that adorn the racks of Gypsy Friday. Guests can shop without distraction even though featured within the distinctly men’s street-wear store The Gallery.

The pair-up between the two stores would seem unlikely, however, Gypsy Friday and The Gallery meld together beautifully catering to both male and female shoppers in a fresh and palatable way.

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Yesterday, Editor in Chief of Kimberley Jev sat down with Aisling Tomei and Pearl Tsang of CTV Morning LIVE to discuss the hottest trends for Spring. The segment spread like wild fire and we are really happy we could reach so many people and continue to reach Calgary Fashion supporters worldwide.

In case you missed it, you can watch the video on the CTV Morning Live Feed Page HERE. Watch out for our Lifestyle Editor Elle Nguyen, who makes a fabulous appearance as one of our What’s Hot For Spring models.

“Meeting with CTV yesterday was a fabulous experience and it’s a very positive feeling. We are moving in the right direction,” said the Founder and Editor in Chief  of

“Aisling Tomei and Pearl Tsang are 2 of Calgary’s leading women in the media so to be up there discussing what we do and to be able to showcase fashion to the city on that level, well you know…that’s just an unbelievable amount of  social “klout” we have just gained as a reputable source for fashion news in this city. That’s what it’s all about!” exclaimed our confidently cool EIC. 

After the taping, Kimberley Jev sat down with us in a very exciting meeting to give us more insight on the 5 picks for Spring. Find out what more she had to say.   Continue Reading



“The face of H&M’s summer campaign will be the global superstar Beyoncé. She will be wearing pieces from the H&M summer collection inspired by her style. It was shot on the beaches of the Bahamas and features both a print campaign and a commercial.

“I’ve always liked H&M’s focus on fun and affordable fashion. I really loved the concept we collaborated on to explore the different emotions of women represented by the four elements — fire, water, earth and wind. It was a beautiful shoot on a tropical island. It felt more like making a video than a commercial,” says Beyoncé.

Beyoncé has worked with the in-house design team at H&M to create the perfect pieces for the heat of summer. Included in the collection are also garments – among them a tie-dye bikini – 25 per cent of sales of which will be donated to H&M for Water. H&M’s initiative with WaterAid has so far raised £2,650,000 since 2002.

The campaign images were shot in Nassau, Bahamas by photographers Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, while the commercial was directed by Jonas Åkerlund and is shot like a music video. It will be available to view online in its entirety, with edited versions for TV.”

via H&M