A Warm Welcome to Anzie Jewelry!

Anzie jewelry is coming to #YYC! This mother daughter company will be in Calgary Saturday February 9th for a very exclusive trunk show. Anzie and her daughter Joanna will be at Holt Renfrew from 11am-4pm, and as a special treat, the talented duo will be customizing bracelets on the spot!

 

Anzie pieces have been created in Montreal since 1999 and have become popular among celebrities such as Coco Rocha, Sofia Vergara, Jill Marie Jones and many more! Anzie jewelry has also gained fame by being featured in many editorials in top fashion publications.

“A burst of color adds happiness to my day. I hope that you enjoy your Anzie pieces and that they bring happiness to your life too.” – Anzie

This trunk show will be a great chance to experience Anzie jewelry up close and personal. It also might be a great chance for all of you aspiring jewelry designers to get some inside knowledge on the industry. If you are unable to attend the trunk show, Anzie jewelry will be sold at Holt Renfrew until February 18.

 

Stillwater Spa and Calgary Fashion Valentines Day Giveaway!

Calgary Fashion and Stillwater Spa have teamed up for a very special Valentines Day giveaway. We want to provide you with a change to win an aromatherapy gift basket valued at $250.00!

Stillwater Spa is one of Calgary’s most luxurious havens located in the Hyatt Regency downtown. The Spa offers many treatments and services from waxings to massages, peels and body treatments.

1) Rose Body Indulgence

A perfect gift set for those that love rose. For the ultimate in pampering and indulgence this set features our award-winning Rose Massage & Body Oil and Rose Body Cream for soft, beautifully scented and radiant skin. Includes Renewing Rose Massage & Body Oil and Renewing Rose Body Cream.

Key Benefits:

- Essential fatty acids encourage healthy skin formulation

- Reduces dryness and irritation

- Softens the skin

2) Deep Relax Bath & Shower Oil

Experience the seriously relaxing and restful powers of vetivert, camomile and sandalwood for a tranquil night.

Key Benefits:

- Comforting.

- Stimulates an exhausted immune system.

3) Essentials Skincare Into Set

This is your introduction to beautiful, radiant skin. We’ve carefully chosen the following natural skincare products for you to experience your new ‘essential’ skincare ritual. It’s also perfect for weekends away and taking on your travels.

4) Combined in a handy cosmetic bag, kit contains:

- Rose Cleanser with Damask Rose, Jojoba, Geranium

- Rose Skin Tonic with Pure Damask Rose Water

- Revitalising Face Oil

- Triple Rose Moisturizer

- Rose Hydrating Face Mask

How to win:

  1. Follow Stillwater Spa and Calgary Fashion on Facebook and Twitter.
  2. Share this article, tagging Calgary Fashion and Stillwater Spa, and tell us who you would want to win this refreshing basket for! You can also leave a comment on CalgaryFashion.ca for more chances to win!

 

*Open to Calgary Residents Only*

 

Share this article as many times as you would like so start sharing! The winner will be picked at random the morning of Sunday February 10, 2013.

Unfortunately there can only be one winner. If you don’t win this amazing prize Stillwater Spa still has you covered. Gift certificates from Stillwater Spa make the perfect gift for any occasion.

FOODOIR AND FASHION

Last night Calgary Fashion attended FOODOIR and FASHION as part of the 2013 LOVE SEX FASHION series hosted by Elle EVENTertainment at Olives restaurant. The event mixed fashion, art and a little sex as local designers, new boutiques and artists joined together.

Apiana Que by Ashley Quan was the first down the runway. The collection was very cute with a hint of seduction by showcasing bare backs. The soft purples and movement in the garments are great transitional features you look for in an outfit when the sun rises earlier and set later in spring. The hair was spot on with the braid trend right now while the make up was a nude face and a semi-dark eye.

Cherry Chic Designs was next. I really enjoyed the structured coats that were shown. Like really, really enjoyed them. I have an obsession with local designers who can create beautiful coats. I think it comes from the 6 months of winter we experience here in YYC. The coats were very fashionable and most importantly they looked warm. I wish I had more to say about the rest of the collection but I was too busy focusing on the outerwear.

Third down the runway was NJ Kreationz, a boutique. The styling was OK, it was almost like they just put tight short dresses on attractive women. I would of liked to have seen more accessories or just something different than the photos on their Facebook page. I did enjoy the menswear though. The outfits were casual and could easily be worn by most men. My overall impression of what went down the runway was… if you are looking for a tiny little dress for the club, NJ Kreationz is the place for you.

Lingerie by Dream Girl was the last to strut their stuff and strut they certainly did! What can I say, they girls were confident and hot! My selfish self would have liked to seen some of the menswear they have, but what will you do?  I didn’t mind the fake flowers each model carried but I think it took away from the sexiness of the garments. In the end, each girl deserved the hoot and howls they got!

The venue was beautiful, the art was amazing, the DJ did great and the runway layout was perfect of the show, much better than certain events I have been to recently. A complaint I would have was where and when the models stood for photos. Some models stopped for photos, some stopped sometimes and some didn’t stop at all. Near the end the press started to direct the models where to stop for their perfect shot. You could tell there was no run through before the show and a little confusion in each model that walked. Also that there wasn’t a #hashtag to use, but that is the Marketing/Communications nut I am. I look forward to the next event by Elle EVENTertainment because I would say this one was a success.

Jacquie Jardine

TIS THE SEASON FOR TWAS THE NIGHT

This event is the one that got me most excited about the holidays last year, and from the rumors swirling around so far, this year will not disappoint. Originally Twas the Night was an unveiling for the CORE after finishing the a multi million dollar renovation in 2011. What started as a party to celebrate, has since turned into the biggest, most extravagant after-hours private shopping event Calgary has ever seen! Last year, Twas the Night had more than 7000 people attend so the CORE knew they had to bring it back bigger and better this year.

So what can we expect from the night you ask? Out of all of the stores offering a discount, not one is offering less than 20%. The retailers are offering more then just deals as well, they’re offering a one-night-only experience. Enjoy an amazing performance by the Alberta Ballet, then you can make your way to GUESS if you want to hear an awesome DJ spin some tracks, off to PAPYRUS for the paper dress fashion show then hit up Purdy’s to enjoy the chocolate fountain with the head chocolatier. After the lighting of the 45-foot CORE Christmas tree, why not wish Jessi Cruickshank of MTV, Etalk and E! Canada a happy holiday! There is so much happening this night!

As an additional treat this year, the first 1000 guests will be hand delivered a copy of ELLE Canada by the Editor and Chief Noreen Flanagan! By having ELLE Canada Magazine on board this year, it really shows just how much this event has grown on a national scale in just two years!

Complete your holiday shopping, find that perfect outfit for your staff party or just to enjoy the company of Calgarians from all parts of the city, this event has everything you are looking for! The event takes place November 28, 2012 from 6:30 – 10:00 pm. All proceeds from ticket sales will support BeCause: a next generation initiative of the United Way of Calgary and the National Music Centre Project.

Tickets for the event are available at the CORE Customer Service Centre located on the Second Level and online at http://coreshopping.eventbrite.ca/

Calgary Fashion and the CORE are feeling very giving this year so we have tickets for you to win! Here is what you have to do…

  1. Share this article on Facebook and/or Twitter
  2. Tag Calgary Fashion and The Core with hashtag #TwasTheNightYYC
  3. and tell us why you want to attend this amazing event!!
  4. Feel free to share more than once!

We will choose a winner, or two, on Monday November 26th so start sharing!

Jacquie Jardine
@Jacquie Jardine  

THE HORROR CON – THIS WEEKEND

The Annual Calgary Horror Con is splattering the Wyckham House with even more haunting fun this year. “It is a two day celebration of horror that encompasses the entire scope of Horror, not just movies,” says Jeff McNair, one of the event organizers.

The event will take place on September 22 and 23, 2012 at 11 AM to 6 PM. There will be live performances from local talents, and fans will have the chance to meet famous horror personalities. To satisfy the hungers of the horror obsessed, vendors will supply the mobs with horror merchandise and horror artwork.

“In the two days, we hope everyone will have had great spooky fun and remembers that, in Calgary, Horror lives here.”

Tickets are available online at: http://horror-con.ca/tickets.

FASHION

Deetz by Visha Loo will be on site to dress the fashion adventurous. Visha Loo is a local talent whose contorting ways boggles the mind and has developed a clothing line to match.

Deetz specializes in latex clothing that is edgy, daring, and sexy. With pieces as low as $20, you can find that special something that tickles your fashion fancy.

Photo by Litrato

MUSIC

The Promethean Labyrinth, a local prog-metal band, will be on set for the Horror Con After Party. ”You will never see a greater horror live performance from any band anywhere,” says McNair. The TPL performance is something NOT to be missed!

CELEBRITIES

The Annual Calgary Horror Con is proud to announce a fantastic roster of special guests. Linnea Quigley, one of the top Queens of Screams will make an appearance for the screening of Savage Streets. She, along with Scott Mayer and Johnny Venokur, will be available for a Q & A session after the movie.

For a full list of celebrity appearances, check out the Horror Con website: http://horror-con.ca/guests

ENTERTAINMENT

Besides designing latex wear, Visha Loo is a professional contortion performer. This alternative culture darling couldn’t even touch her toes five years ago, but with passionate perseverance,  she has now starred in nearly 100 contortion performances!

A Brush with Death returns with sneak-a-peek showings at the Annual Calgary Horror Con. A three year running sold out show, A Brush with Death has splattered the stages of Lolita’s Lounge and Fort Calgary with death defying performances.

At the Horror Con, A Brush with death has two shows: The Street Freak Show and the Freaky Bar show. Yeats Wong, Producer of A Brush with Death, rates The Street Freak Show at One Dead Bunny worth of gore – all ages will enjoyed the show’s morbid comedy and macabre magic. The Freaky bar show is for adults only at a rating of three dead bunnies. For a full five dead bunnies show, make sure you attend the full show of A Brush with Death at John Dutton Theatre on October 14th.

For more information about the Horror Con, visit http://horror-con.ca/

EVENT REVIEW: THE SWAP TEAM 2012

Photo by Elle Nguyen

When I first received the invitation from Vanessa Erickson, Co-Director for the Calgary Chapter of The SWAP Team, to style outfits for the Spring 2012 Lookbook, I was very hesitant. My experience in styling is minimum and has been developed solely for my personal style. Who knows if it would translate well with other peoples’ looks, styles, or wardrobes! As a safety measure, I brought along Fela Dales of Fela Photography – I have always been a fan of Fela’s fashion style, and I was positive that Fela would come up with some fashion forward outfits.

When we arrived on set for the photo shoot on April 22nd, 2012, Fela and I were joined by Ashley of Lions, Lace & Lattes, Necole Hines of The Creative Mixx, and Glorife Simon of Fashionsign Magazine. We were given a gigantic pile of clothing and the task to dress three models - Misty, Chantell, and Natalka. Instead of competing against each other to showcase our fashion styles, we teamed up and became a Fashion Super Swap Team! Together, we styled so many trendy outfits that we ran out of time to shoot them all! We were all surprised by how many outfits we were able to style with clothing that others deemed “unwanted”.

LOOKBOOK PREVIEW
Photography by Mark Derry 

THE BIG DAY
On June 3, 2012, many anxiously lined up for The Swap Team’s Big Event: Take Off Your Clothes – Calgary’s Biggest Clothing SWAP at Hotel Arts. “It’s been amazing,” says Stacey Savage of The Swap Team. “We’ve had such a fabulous turnout. Our lineup, when we started, was out to the street. Everyone looks like they’re having a really good time.”

The advance tickets for the event were sold out. The SWAP team sold 130 tickets online, over triple of what they ever sold before. Savage continues with more amazing news: “We started out the day with just 4,300 pieces, which is probably three times more than we’ve ever had before, and stuff is coming in all day long. So, we are well over 5,000 pieces by now.” The event was not just for women. There was a healthy heaping pile of menswear, including jeans, sweaters, casual wear, dress shirts, shoes, and accessories.

One of my favorite additions this year was the cash bar on location. Everyone can have a little glass of wine, while they dig for fashion treasures. In fact, I bumped into one woman who claimed my swapped sandals as her fashion treasures – “I’ll be happy walking in these shoes!”.

The Swap Team event was also an opportunity to meet and greet the faces that made this project possible. “We invited our sponsors and partners to come and represent themselves, bring some promotional material, and at least have some visibility here. They do so much for us behind the scenes. “

The SWAP TEAM Apparel Sponsors

The SWAP TEAM Apparel Sponsors

“With the response we’re getting this time,” says Savage, “there’s no way we can stop now.” The next swap will take place around the beginning of June 2013. “It coordinates well with the Spring/Summer fashion season and everyone’s already cleaning out their closets.”

Elle Nguyen || Images Courtesy of The Swap Team

RUNWAY MONTHLY – MAY 2012

Runway Monthly - May 2012

Still on the fashion high from the first Runway Monthly event in April, Calgary Fashion arrived early for the May edition and was the first in line for front row seats! “There should be something like this every month throughout the year,” says Aman Dhalay of Javeda - a sentiment shared by many attendees.

Alykhan Ve and Jason Krell hosted the night of runway fashion and trunk show treasures. Analog Heart, styled by our own Editor-in-Chief, Kimberley Jev, stomped out the fashion rhythm with spectacular jewelry pieces made from colorful vinyl records. Bano eeMee, Shoe Craze, and She Apparel collaborated to continue the fashion melody with rockin’ outfits with edgy notes and glamourous harmonies.

Intermission gave attendees the opportunity to visit the trunk show on the mezzanine of The Bank. Niche sparkled up the room with clutches of shiny crystals, trendy patterns, and fusions of fabrics. My favorite clutches from Niche feature the artistic work of Ali Fateh.  Adorie Jewels added more sparkles from their remarkable display of jewelry and accessories. Dagmar Jewellery joined in the chorus of trendy ornaments with sophisticated necklaces, elegant earrings, and dazzling accessories. Fashionable accessories from the styling collection of Crystal Mckenzie were also on sale on the mezzanine.

After intermission, MaNoKin Design brought back the crowd with summery floral prints and sexy feminine silhouettes. The fitted styles created flirtatious looks, perfect for Calgary’s warm season. Runway Monthly ended with a stunning collection from Dionne Dionne. I love the hand painted patterns and the incorporation of fur in her new collection.


EDITOR PICKS
ANALOG HEART


BANO EEMEE


MANOKIN DESIGN


DIONNE DIONNE

Next Runway Monthly is planned for June 23rd, 2012 at The Bank and will have Apiana Que in the runway lineup.


Elle Nguyen || Images Courtesy of Mzkittyox Photography

ILLUSIONISTS CREATE FREAKY THRILLS

For the past three years, I’ve been the technical coordinator for one of the weirdest stage shows in Calgary, A Brush With Death. I run the lights and sound and get paid almost nothing for it, but I love every minute of it.

My inner nerd has always been fascinated with the supernatural. A Brush With Death is a weird mix of sideshow freak entertainment, supernatural séance, and Penn & Teller style comedy entertainment.

Yeats Wong, the producer and creepy host of this bizarre show, says, “I first set up A Brush With Death as a nightclub act for Halloween in 2010. But the response was so awesome, I decided to continue the show as an ongoing series throughout the rest of the year too, and every show has sold-out since.”

When asked about the type of people who attend his show, Wong replied that it tended to be a ‘date’ event. “Surprisingly, most of the ticket buyers are women, buying tickets for them and their spouse to attend. These are the same couples who go to see horror movies and thrillers together.”

I visited the venue, Fort Calgary’s Burnswest Theatre, with Yeats, checking out the backstage and control rooms. The previous shows had been at Lolita’s Lounge, in Inglewood. “I picked Fort Calgary because of the classic feel of the theatre and the surroundings,” says Wong, “but there’s also this very cool and creepy vibe to the building.”

One of the recurring themes at A Brush With Death is contacting and interacting with spirits from beyond the grave, and the upcoming show is no exception. “The nearby Deane House has a reputation as being the most haunted house in Canada. Its history includes many unusual deaths, including suicides, murder-suicides, and homicides,” comments Wong. “During our show, our psychic medium Gwyn Auger will attempt to make contact with the ghost of Deane House.”

The show also includes a significant element of danger and risk to the performers. Each show features some death-defying stunts. “For the April show, our headliner, Jason Werhun, is planning a rather harrowing effect with kitchen knives, and if anything goes wrong, he’ll end up in the hospital.”

Each show, Wong and his deviant troupe also explore the genre of sideshow freak entertainment, known in the business as ‘blockhead acts’. Some of the more shocking effects are purely for the gross-out factor and include skewers, fish hooks, and fake blood. “It always sounds far gorier than it actually is,” chuckles Wong. “I actually think of my show as a comedy stage show, and, maybe it’s just my weird sense of humour, but I find fake blood really funny.”

“This show, I’m bringing in guest star Ryan Pilling for his third return to Brush With Death.  He’s absolutely hilarious and has worked on stage with comedy stars such as Colin Mochrie from Who’s Line is it Anyways?”

I asked Yeats about his influences and inspirations. He says, “I’ve always been a fan of cheesy horror films – Evil Dead and Nightmare on Elm Street. The more a film tries to scare me, the funnier I find it. Maybe I’m wired wrong?”

Yeats’ background is in magic and mentalism, with heavy influence from ‘edgier’ magicians such as Penn & Teller, David Blaine, and Criss Angel. “One of my favourite entertainers was Harry Anderson. You know, the judge from Night Court in the 80’s? Before and after his TV stint, he was an accomplished nightclub magician, with an awesome reputation for edgy and quirky entertainment.”

The next showing of Brush With Death is on April 28th, 7:30pm at Burnswest Theatre, Fort Calgary. Tickets are available at www.BrushWithDeath.ca, and minors are only admitted when accompanied by a parent or guardian. Parental discretion is highly recommended.

Elle Nguyen || Top Image Courtesy of Phocal: Immortal Images

Image Gallery Courtesy of BrushWithDeath.ca

RUNWAY MONTHLY APRIL 2012

Runway Monthly kicked off their monthly series with a fantastic lineup of fashion talent and runway worthy outfits. Displayed against the beautiful backdrop of The Bank, Runway Monthly exhibited works from N.R.T. Fashions, Crystal Mckenzie, and Pout Clothing.

Image Courtesy of AYuen.Photo

Kyle Nylund hosted the evening in a stunning cocktail dress that literally lit up the room with little LED lights. A wondrous cityscape draped, petalled, ruffled, rolled, and wrapped Kyle in a creative art that elevated him to fashion stardom.

The Bank overflowed with fashion patrons, who cheered on their favorite designers. Runway Monthly proved Calgary has a hunger for fashion and that Calgary also has the talent to sate fashion addicts’ cravings through beautiful collections and professional organization. Many fans are looking forward to the next show on May 15th, 2012.

EDITOR’S PICKS


N.R.T. FASHIONS

Nicole Rita Tomney proves that she is more than just a high fashion designer. In this collection, Tomney uncovers her talent in ready-to-wear clothing. Her womenswear featured desaturated colors matched with lace and fur to create a very romantic and edgy look.

I also love the pronounced necklines of the menswear. The collections felt very commercially targeted but still retained that signature N.R.T. flair.


CRYSTAL MCKENZIE with PRIMITIVE CULTURE

Crystal Mckenzie styled the runway models with loose fits and flowing fabrics. The sheer dress paired with print leggings caught my eye with its edgy black trimmings against a feminine, white fabric. The other outfit shown here screams Diana Ross, style icon!


POUT CLOTHING

Kirsten Summersgill showcased a clean cut and tailored collection for Runway Monthly. I love the interesting shapes Summersgill used to color block – undefined geometrics that flowed with the shape of the body. Also, the gold details against the black canvas created a very classy look – great for daytime to nightlife wear.


RUNWAY – THE OUTFITS


Elle Nguyen || Images Courtesy of Fela Photography


HAIR WARS 2012

Flames Central has a capacity for approxiamately 900 people for a cocktail reception, so it was a wonder how Hair Wars was able to pack in 1300 people for this event. As media, I would not attend Hair Wars again. There was no way to cover the event without an assigned media pit, room to jot down notes, or way to see the details of each hair show. When I looked around from my squashed spot in the crowd, however, I realized Hair Wars really doesn’t need any media coverage. The place was absolutely packed with roaring fans, all excited for the first Supreme Salon Hair Wars competition in Canada.

Some fans arrived at 6 PM for the 8 o’clock show and were surprised that there was no seating at all, except for the VIPs (if you can attend as VIP, do it!). The standing room was packed shoulder to chest all around the runway. It was such an uncomfortable experience and with the show running late into the night, many fans gave up the fight and left within a few minutes of the first hair show. If you can’t see the show, why stay?

Behind the scenes was a much more pleasant and dramatically exciting experience. Thanks to Twyla of Numa International Institute of Makeup and Design (NIIMD), Calgary Fashion was on site to see the backstage magic of Curious Hair – Skin – Body Salon.

With 19 years of experience, Jaimie Rankin was a great addition to the Curious Salon team for Hair Wars. As Head Instructor of NIIMD, Rankin teaches that a face is a display of art. Inspirations for Rankin’s art come from her dreams of creating extravagant looks for Cirque du Soliel, so it was not surprising to see stunningly detailed makeup work showcased in the show for Curious.

Rankin had only one week to prep her students for their first time to showcase their work on a stage. ”My students did a phenomenal job. I’m so proud”, says Rankin. Using air brushing, gems, textures, and bright colors, Rankin’s team sculpted fashion editorial versions of favourite Disney’s princesses and villains. The looks were boldly strong and matched the overall look of each Disney character.

Curious and Edges Salon were obvious crowd favourites – both received thundering applause and cheers. So, it was shocking to see neither salon place in the top three. Tatiana, a model for Edges Salon, was appalled when she received the news. “At first, I was very upset that we didn’t win, but when I saw how complex the other hair styles were, I understood.”

Twisted Banana won the Calgary competition and will be competing in the Regionals down in Las Vegas. Divas placed second, and DelMar Hair and Esthetics grabbed third place.

EDITOR’S PICKS

Salon: Twisted Banana
Winner of Hair Wars competition in Calgary 

When I first saw this design, I thought it was ruffled fabric gather together. Upon closer inspection, I realized it was all hair!

How did Twisted Banana get that ruching effect using hair?!


Salon: Edges
Madonna – Like a Prayer 

I love the Madonna inspired looks of Edges Salon! This specific hair style caught my attention with its mix of color, textures, lengths, and shape.


Salon: Edges
Madonna – Don’t Tell Me 

Wouldn’t this be a the perfect fashion forward accessory for the Calgary Stampede – a giant cowboy hat made out of hair.


Salon: Divas (Red Deer)
Garden of Eden 

You can tell Divas took a lot of time a care in creating their looks for the Hair Wars competition. The details and texture/shape fusions of this hair style are insane!


Elle Nguyen || Photos Courtesy of AYuen.Photo