THROWBACK THURSDAY – POP! A #PRINGLESPARTY

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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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CALGARY FASHION MEDIA & CALGARYFASHION.CA LAUNCH INDUSTRY AWARDS WITH HONORARY MERIT OF CALGARY FASHION ICONS

Kimberley Jev, Director of Calgary Fashion Media and leading fashion website CalgaryFashion.ca announce the launch of the Calgary Fashion Industry Awards. We kick off the first installment of the Calgary Fashion Industry Awards for 2011 with the Calgary Fashion Industry (Honorary) Awards.

As ambassadors of the industry, Calgary Fashion would like to honor and reward Calgary’s foundation of fashion professionals who have stood through the test of time with hard work and a steady dedication to their craft. We will also be hosting a unique online event that spans over the remaining days of December where our readers will get the chance to vote and reward Calgary’s up and coming members of the fashion industry today.

Up close and personal with a steady hand in the scene, Calgary Fashion has interacted for 4 solid years with the industries top boutiques, designers, bloggers, journalists and stylists as well as covered some of the hottest fashion events to date in the city. The Calgary Fashion Industry Awards  aims to celebrate the cities finest.

“Calgary is on the verge of exploding as a top city in Canada,” says Jev,  ”if we do not recognize the individuals who have put in the leg work for the up and coming, it will always seem as though we have had no real fashion in the city. The first installment of the awards, the Calgary Fashion Industry “Honorary” Awards is about recognizing the people who have maintained fashion careers in the city, honed their craft in the city and worked diligently and professionally with others locally and internationally. It’s time for us to celebrate the professionals who have given us a reason to exist as a fashion publication in Calgary.”

CALGARY FASHION INDUSTRY (HONORARY) AWARDS 2011 

HONORARY 
FASHION BLOGGER 

 KD Faustino (The Girl With The Messy Hair)

HONORARY
FASHION JOURNALIST 

 Malwina Gudowska

HONORARY
FEMALE MODEL 

Heather Marks (Mode Models) 

HONORARY
HAIR STYLIST 

Phillip Elliott (Chrome Hair Design)

HONORARY
INTERIOR DESIGNER 

Alykhan Velji (Alykhan Velji Designs)

HONORARY
JEWELLERY DESIGNER

Manuel Galvez (Designs By Manuel) 

HONORARY
MAKE-UP ARTIST

Tara Anand (Artists Within)

HONORARY
MALE MODEL

Chad White (Mode Models) 

HONORARY
MENS BOUTIQUE

O’Connors

HONORARY
MENSWEAR DESIGNER

Haithem Kaadiki (KAADIKI)

HONORARY
PERSONAL SHOPPER/WARDROBE SPECIALIST

Kim Flanagan (SOUTHCENTRE MALL)

HONORARY
FASHION PHOTOGRAPHER

Colin Way 

HONORARY
STYLISTS

Carl Abad & Leah Van Loon

HONORARY
WOMENS BOUTIQUE

Thomas and Truba

HONORARY
WOMENSWEAR DESIGNER

Paul Hardy 

Stay tuned as we get ready to release the Calgary Fashion Industry (Readers Choice) Awards; where our readers vote for the best of Calgary Fashion for  2011!

- Award Illustration by Garrett Naccarato 

FABRICATED – COMMUNITY WEAVING FABRIC TO BUILD A CITY

Fabricated. What an event! For those of you who missed it, you missed out on a small glimpse of what Calgary promises for the future; a deeply interwoven community of creative people making things happen. Not to say we aren’t that already, but a bigger net than what already exists, with events such as Fabricated.

For years, Calgary has suffered from the exodus of talented people looking for a more ”liberal” city, or simply escaping oil country. Needless to say there was a lot of apathy, but over the past few years it has felt as though everyone here has decided to stop comparing Calgary to Toronto and Vancouver and create our own identity.

This identity and culture is going to come from hard-working people, such as the organizers of Fabricated Hadiga Gabunga and Brook Fung, and there are many in this city.

The Theatre Junction Grand was a perfect venue to host a fashion event, an old theatre revamped with contemporary touches.The room was set up with good flow. People could stand around in the centre and mingle or walk around the outside of the room and look at some of the local talent who brought their wares to sell.

Sometimes the DJs are overlooked but they play such a crucial role in the ambiance of a room. Kudos to local talents Lorne Burlington (Lorne B) and Sandro Petrillo (Mr. Geography), people were floating around the room.

The overall mood of attendees was giddy with excitement. Everything was organized to the last detail; even backstage was relatively calm (before the storm). Models were sitting around chatting and trying to keep their makeup from melting in the heat of the basement.

Designers were chatty, not stressed. This was a photographers dream first introduction to a fashion show. Closer to show time the photographers gathered on the small platform at the end of the runway. It was tight but there was a symbiosis amongst everyone. It wasn’t “this is my space,” but more, “there’s lots of space.” Photographers were also sharing advice about camera settings and different angles, even quipping little jokes.

The show was a massive success with only a few glitches.The room after was electric with buzz from the amazing display of talent that is in Calgary.

From Market Collective to Make It! to the first Fabricated, the Calgary artistic community is creating culture.

The next five years in this city are going to be exceptional. It’s an exciting time to live in Calgary and be part of the changes that are going to make this place world-class.

Photography & Words by Vanessa Conley

Video by Paul Spenard

KaaDiki Fall/Winter 2010

“I do not create fantasy clothes, but they are distinguishable and incomparable to off-the-rack clothing” – Haithem Elkadiki.

Fall 2010 brought some change to the KaaDiki runway: he still likes to dress his models in a lot of red but there came a series of grey, black and navy outfits as well. The collection took a business like approach together with going-out themes including eclectic jackets, vests and coats worn over sleek shirts.

The details are always an important issue in a KaaDiki show: interesting zips as well as belts and shoe laces in red shades.

The collection was a hymn to the urban man with a big amount of self-assurance and style with no boundaries.

Words by Iryna Ugryn

Photos by Faby Martin