It’s a full house at day three of Western Canada Fashion Week. rhythm and blues singer, Esma opened the show with her soulful rendition of “How Come You Don’t Call Me Anymore” by Alicia Keys. She also performed her original song, “Embrace,” a new track which she just finished recording in the studio. The unveiling of her fresh new song was indeed a special treat for the WCFW audience. On a fashion note, we loved her chocolate fur stole!
In keeping with the theme of treats, tonight we experienced the ultimate indulgence of Duchess Bake Shop. Owner, Garner Beggs, shared a delicious sampling of his finest pastries. The audience enjoyed macaroons, meringues and croquembouche. A big thank you to our handsome servers for the evening!
As promised, the Celebrity Showcase is always a crowd favorite. You never know what to expect when our celebrities hit the WCFW catwalk. There was a “sock off” between Josh Classen and Duane English where Josh showed off some leg and bright orange socks and Duane proudly lifted his pant leg to reveal his classic white tube socks. The ladies were classic beauties on the runway and looked fabulous, styled by High Grade Clothing. Shout out to Mike Ross from Gig City for giving us a little bit of “Magnum,” Derek Zoolander would be so proud.
The 124th Street Retail Showcase is a new addition to Western Canada Fashion Week and provides retailers the opportunity to showcase and promote their businesses to a style conscious audience. The retail showcase featured Floc Boutique, Shades of Grey, Meese Clothing, Miss Boss, Frog Kisser’s Den, Redemption Boutique, and TK Clothing. We heard various audience members “ooh” and “aah” over the different fashions from these amazing boutiques as their models came down the runway. WCFW would like to thank Sandra Correia and Janelle Rocher from Floc Boutique for their amazing contribution to the 124th Street Retail Showcase and for sponsoring charitable youth seats for the Youth Emergency Shelter Society (YESS).
The evening’s program also included two performances from “Flamenco El Divo.” Oscar and Judith delighted the audience with their passionate Flamenco performance. We were captivated by the power and strength in Judith’s footwork and how she commanded the stage while Oscar’s Flamenco musical stylings on the guitar perfectly complemented her dance.
As we had the pleasure to meet with Jenna Marie prior to her collection night and chat with her as to what we would expect to see this WCFW season. It only increased our anticipation of her debut collection. We were in complete adoration of the model’s outfits – each model was dressed exactly the same with pale pink demi-cup camisoles and high waisted denim shorts. Their makeup was very “pretty in pink” with the final touch of a top knot hairdo. Absolutely beautiful!
The Just Me Jenna Marie collection featured patent leather in nice soft pink and nude hues. Jenna Marie included a broad range of purse styles; messenger bags, wristlets, handbags, belt and shoulder bags. The purses were detailed with studs and braided straps.
Cherie Howard showcased dark contemporary gothic pieces. Her entire show was so well put together. The music, imagery and stone faced models with ferocity beaming from their eyes, all connected to create a very captivating show. Cherie Howard’s collection included the usage of tulle, faux fur and knit neck pieces.