A Fine Art…To Be Schmoozy

schmoozy_2014_web Latitude 53 welcomes the fashion and fairytale world at tonight’s Art of Schmoozy event. Featuring live music, food and cocktails, silent art auction and for the first time ever a fashion auction showcasing exclusive pieces from prominent Edmonton designers and boutiques. Once Upon a Time at Schmoozy—a story about art and fashion.
A note from Fashion Correspondent Janice Galloway from Dress Me Dearly says:

“For the first time ever, you can bid on local fashion at Schmoozy presented by Kingsway Mall. This is Latitude 53‘s biggest bash and fundraiser of the year. Follow @dressmedearly on instagram today to catch some behind the scenes action of our super creative team, Mousy Brown’s Salon and Nickol Walkemeyer Makeup prep our live models from Mode Models Internationalwho will be showing off the exclusive designer pieces up for auction tonight. Four lucky bidders will take home the goods from local fashion fixtures Malorie Urbanovitch Women’s RTWWorkhall StudioSuka Clothing and The Bamboo Ballroom. See you tonight!”

There are still a few tickets left, snag ’em here: http://www.latitude53.org/schmoozy

NEXT UP:  1535369_10152407358407414_3205650223031965612_n PARK is upping its game, expanding its reach and coming to Edmonton for the first time. Funds raised from PARKSHOW ticket sales support Alberta’s emerging artists and designers through PARK’s yearly initiatives including design mentorship programs, educational forums, networking events and more. PARK (Promoting Artists, Redefining Kulture) has selected eight of Alberta’s most promising up and coming designers for a fashion show and art exhibition unlike any other. We are proud to present the following designers at PARKSHOW Edmonton 2014:

2014 DESIGNERS: 
Workhall Studio
Bano eeMee
CRUZ
Hunt Amor
KAZZ Clothing
LUXX ready to wear
S.P. BADU
Suka Clothing

LIMITED NUMBER OF TICKETS AVAILABLE:
http://bit.ly/1wiWKhK

ABOUT PARK
PARK stands for “Promoting Artists, Redefining Kulture” and is a not-for-profit organization, which supports, mentors and promotes Canada’s emerging artists and designers

The Future of Fashion Is Code, Not Couture

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Burlesque icon Dita von Teese wearing a 3D-printed  designed by Francis Bitonti in collaboration with Shapeways and costume designer Michael Schmidt

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It’s hard to believe that this dress was built using a 3D printer. Designer Francis Bitonti has shifted how we look at the idea of creation. He is stepping outside of the box, throwing away the needle and thread (probably his Singer* as well). By teaming up with MakerBot, a New York-based company founded in January 2009, Bitonti has created a masterpiece of design entitled Cloud which was unveiled on April 4:

The capsule collection offers four decorative housewares, or rather, the code for these items. By modifying one aspect of the code, consumers can decide how much noise or relief appears on the surface of a vase or bowl, resulting in a customized purchase.

Francis Bitonti Studio will directly sell data files of 3D printables, beginning with home goods April 2014 and will transition into accessories Fall 2014.   Each item is customizable, and consumers have the option to use a sliding scale to adjust the look of the piece.

“Our aim is to embed the properties of digital media into physical realities,“ explained founder Francis Bitonti.  “We’ve created products that are hackable, shareable, and downloadable, which enables us to bring the consumer customizable, locally produced products on demand and without excess waste, resulting in a low-carbon foot print.”  After 3D printing, the product can be picked up directly from the hub producer or it can be locally shipped.  All products are designed to be printed on a MakerBot® Replicator® Desktop 3D Printer.

Dita von Teese and Francis Bitonti
THE MAKING OF THE SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL ENCRUSTED GOWN:

 

* Singer – Singer Corporation is an American manufacturer of sewing machines, first established as I. M. Singer & Co. in 1851 by Isaac Merritt Singer with New York lawyer Edward Clark.

Finale: Western Canada Fashion Week Pt. 4

Please enjoy this final post from this weeks Western Canada Fashion Week. Thank you to Sandra Sing Fernandez for allowing me to capture the essence of Edmonton’s fashion scene.

Featured in this video are: Stanley Carroll, grady bleu, Jessica HalabiMelany Rowe and IMPAIR from Montreal.

Being a fashion blogger in Edmonton, you get to meet some fascinating and passionate people. It’s not just fashion lovers, it’s media, photographers, friends and family, visitors to Edmonton and of course aspiring designers. Western Canada Fashion (WCFW) is the perfect venue to bring our community together. I am honoured to capture this for Edmonton.

Western Canada Fashion Week Pt. 3

Forgive the poor iPhone quality of this video, but you can enjoy the amazing show from last night’s Western Canada Fashion Week showcase. This video features Calgary designer Averynthe by Mark Abenir, Bano eeMee outerwear designs by Aleem Arif, and the full showcase of LUXX Ready to Wear by Derek Jagodzinsky.

Music feature in this video:
Juices – Parallel Danse Ensemble
PBC Feat. Sheldon Sundon – A Tribe Called Red
Native Puppy Love – A Tribe Called Red
Bamboo Banga – MIA

Kumari Bridal Show

The 2nd annual Kumari Bridal Show.
Backstage preview of the Husn e Afza Couture Fashion Show.
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Sponsors:

Satrang Designer Wear (facebook.com/Satrangdesignerwear)

Zaika Indian Bistro Bar (zaikabistro.com)

Meridian Banquets (meridianbanquets.ca)

Urban Affairs (urbanaffairs.ca)

Romy Young Studios (romyyoung.com)

Other Vendors:

Cosmin Danila (cosminfoto.blogspot.ca/)

Elaine Green (facebook.com/elainegreenphotographer)

Sharon Dhami-Bains (facebook.com/curiouscreative)

Linda Awad (facebook.com/HairByLyn)

#WatchHungerStop

watchforhungerMichael Kors has joined forces with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) to fight global hunger. For every sale of the 100 Series watch, WFP will deliver 100 meals to children in need. The support so far has been overwhelming. Over 1 million meals around the world already!

Here’s what people have to say on Twitter:

Chanel Iman and Lily Aldridge support 'Watch Hunger Stop'.Chanel Iman and Lily Aldridge support ‘Watch Hunger Stop’.

Designer Diaries 0.7

EverpurseFrom Fast Company here is a new accessory to women everywhere!  With a built in charger, which you can charge at home first, you can always be prepared. You know how it is, you leave your house with 100% battery life and in one hour, you’re miraculously at 58%! How does that even happen?! Well you know how. But now here is an option for women (and soon for men, briefcases, murse’s, hand luggage) to always be reachable! It stores enough power to fuel your phone twice over and is compatible with the iPhone 4/4S and 5, as well as the Samsung Galaxy S 3/4.

3017301-inline-everpursespring07The Everpurse ranges from $189 to $319 and is available here.

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Hayden Christiansen, best known for his roles in Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith, New York, I Love You and Jumper, started designing his own line of clothing with help from RW & Co. I guess that’s what happens when your acting career hasn’t kicked into full gear. You can check out the new line here.

Good for him for designing this line of menswear. Should be interesting to see where this takes off from here or if he remains a cameo designer.