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.