Exhausted from a busy week, Cirque du Manique was the perfect cure to liven the spirit and pamper the fashion soul. Upon arrival, guests were gifted with swag bags filled with discount cards and sweet treats. Then, guests were ushered to their tables to enjoy tasty appetizers brought straight to their table by costumed servers until the show.
The show began with a live performance from Dana Kolba. She sang seated in an antique wheelchair as a very unhappy clown wheeled her crookedly down the runway. It was such an unusual sight that the voices of the audience were brought down to a hush as they watched.
A zombie dance duo of Hung Huynh and Brittany Parent were next on the performance list and wowed the crowd with an amazing hip-hop routine.
Finally, it was the part of the night everyone was looking forward to: the MaNoKin Design fashion show! It felt like the best of Alberta Fashion Week all over again. The clothing designs looked just like fashion sketches fresh from the drawing board. Marsina King, designer of MaNoKin Design, combined the beautiful colours of chiffon prints, eye-catching textures of faux-fur and python, sophisticated wool and the comfort of knits to create incredibly detailed and extravagant ready-to-wear apparel.
MaNoKin Design is the perfect fit for fashion savvy Calgarians. A MaNoKin Design wardrobe can easily be incorporated in Calgary’s corporate world, night life, red carpet events and everyday wear.
Top picks include the python print bomber jacket, MaNoKin Design belts, and the slim jumper:
The faux python print bomber jacket was the perfect amalgamation of class and style. The solid knit on the jacket sleeves and bordering on the jacket bottom created a design sophistication that is versatile enough for everyday wear and for a night on-the-town.
Every MaNoKin Design belt was a masterpiece and a must-have. The asymmetrical faux python print was the most captivating. With its black trim and adorable bow-tie shaped belt closures, this piece instantly incited fashion lust in this fashionista.
The slim jumper created more feminine silhouettes compared to the infamous harem jumpers. The designs hugged the models’ curves more naturally with the appeal of ultimate comfort.
Marsina attributes the success of Cirque du Manique to the hard work of Danielle Mossfeldt of Death by Shoe and Brittany Dalby from Urban Vows, who both had a big hand in planning the event. The sponsors also played a part in the event’s success. They were The Little Cupcake Shoppe, Peel Salon & Spa, Pumped! Shoes and other Yummy Things, Numa Models, and Flora.
Words by Elle Nguyen
Photography by George Cox
Videography by Paul Spenard