As promised, PARKLUXE presented by Midtown Plaza, was a lovely evening of networking and mingling within Saskatchewan's growing fashion community on Saturday, November 7th. Brought together by PARK, a promoter/producer team from Calgary, they proved that Saskatoon-based designers can hold their own against designers from other major Canadian cities. Today we are providing our take on the designers presented, first up - Rebecca King.
Rebecca King's brand has been growing within the Saskatchewan and Alberta markets for the past 10 years. When her F/W 2015 presentation hit the runway on Saturday night, it felt as on-brand as ever. Her classic silhouettes were reinvented through bolder prints and fabrics all the while maintaining the aesthetic she's known for. Easy to wear, stylish yet comfortable, with much consideration for harsh Canadian winters, Rebecca King always impresses. The mass of eager shoppers that ran to her shop afterwards proves she knows her customer well.
Photos by Erin Crooks.
HOUSE OF NONIE
Newcomer to Saskatoon's fashion scene was Calgary based, House of Nonie. Founded by Nina Kharey, who is currently being mentored by Barbara Atkin, Fashion Director at Holt Renfrew, her minimalist and refined tailoring was a breathe of fresh air. Wearable with great care given to tailoring and fit, House of Nonie was wonderfully stylish with nostalgia for Calvin Klein collections from the late 90s. We will hold our breathe until we see her collection in the window of a Saskatoon boutique!
Photos by Erin Crooks.
Calgary-based, Anneke Forbes, specializes in bespoke, tailored pieces. Her show was comprised of mainly blazers and outerwear spanning all seasons of the year. Her tailored wool coats, particularly in winter white, were sure fire hits with the crowd based on the chatter following the show. To understand her brand fully we would love to see a comprehensive collection from her in the future.
Very Montreal - is how we describe Travis Taddeo's aesthetic. Interesting draping, use of fur, leather, and jersey knit all created edgy, dynamic and unique pieces. The black cut-out gown was a crowd favourite without question! However, the many looks that walked down the maze like runway started to feel disjointed and not necessarily as part of one, cohesive collection with the colour palette and categories running the gamut from spring to fall. A closer edit of the looks to reflect the season could have improved the designer's perspective to the audience. That being said, Travis Taddeo is without question a talented designer and certainly one to watch in Canadian fashion.