Ok, so we're still reeling about last weeks show and barely believe it happened. But the pictures are trickling in, so there's no denying FABRICATED pulled in the fashion crowd and we gave you everything we've got! 

The attendance made our heads were spin! The amount of support we received from Calgary's fashion, arts, and culture elite/enthusiasts/lovers was truly humbling. One of our goals was to shine attention on Calgary's maturing fashion scene, and YOU all helped us reach it.

Here are just a handful of shots of some of our supports, directors, designers, and other attendees on the media wall that evening. Everyone looked awesome, and we had a great time!

Thank You Calgary! Can't wait to do it again.

Media Wall photos courtesy of Lily Wong. iLitphotography@me.com


She's got the Hoods

Any Calgarian can vouch for our bi-polar weather. We cried out for a functional and versatile accessory to keep us both warm and fashionable minus the bulk to lug around, and Stellar Hoods answered our call. By combining two of our favourite keep-me-cozy accessories - the hood and the scarf, owner and designer, Megan, opened a world of possibilities.

Megan graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelors of Commerce (concentrating on Marketing) but has immersed herself in the fashion industry early on, gaining an understanding of how the industry operates. It was a combination of her business savvy and love for fashion that led her to pursue Stellar Hoods. Aren't we glad she did.

 These hood-scarf hybrids can be worn tied, untied, belted, buttoned, casual, dressy, inside out, right side in, and nearly everything in between. The original design was initially inspired by a scarf piece that Megan's mom used to wear but added a modern twist to it by experimenting with different designs and exploring new materials, colours, and textures.

When designing, Megan turns to the runways and fashion magazines to gauge the upcoming colour schemes and trends. The different colour and fabric combinations she pairs together, along with the numerous ways you can wear it allows Stellar Hoods to match and complete any outfit, no matter what look you are going for. She even offers customized hoods to suit your style to a T!

"Style is a very individual perspective. There is no right or wrong. That's why I try to create hoods that are very versatile and can be worn with many different outfits no matter what kind of style you have."

With the colder months nearly upon us (cries), now is the perfect time to add a Stellar Hood to your closet! You can tie one up to go at this seasons FABRICATED Trunk Show. Stellar hoods are also available at www.stelarhoods.com, both Purr locations, The Gallery, and Chapel Hats in Chinook Mall


A-list Styles from Anne B.

If you're looking for that show-stopping piece to complete, or even carry, your entire outfit you're looking for Anne B. Accessories. Anne B. is a designer and supplier of high quality, luxurious, statement jewellery. She offers exquisite handmade accessories from diverse natural elements, such as shell, wood, stone, bone and horn, and resin. Her jewellery is designed with the elegant woman in mind - a woman with a penchant for unique and ageless designs.

The talent behind the chunky, attention-grabbing jewellery is Anne, who has immersed herself in the fashion industry for over 12 years. She has always loved designing fashion jewellery, and her collections greatly reflect that. Women can express their own unique styles through her tasteful, sophisticated creations that are worthy of any occasion. Her accessories make the conversation in the overall outfit.

Anne is obviously a very passionate designer but also has a primary mission to help those less fortunate back in her home country of the Philippines. This mission truly inspired Anne to continue her venture here in Canada.

"There's a story behind my creations. Creating designs and making women look great and feel good is something that fulfills me, however, giving job opportunities to the poor and feeding the families or our workers (in the Philippines) is a huge fulfillment for me and my family."

You can meet Anne, and take one of her gorgeous accessories home with you at this seasons FABRICATED Trunk show. You can also find Anne B. Accessories at Cross Iron Mills Mall, Bellissima Fashions Chinook Centre, and Zenobia Calgary.


Fine Jewellery sets our hearts a"Blais"

Andrea Blais Fine Jewellery carries on the tradition of classic, simple yet exquisitely detailed, and luxurious jewelry that can be paired with your everyday casual wear or a red-carpet worthy gown. It's a little bit nostalgic of the fine jewellery my mom used to keep tucked safely in her jewelry box and until a  special occasion deemed worthy enough let them shine. In other words, Andrea's work is captivating.

"I aspire to produce refined forms that communicate the simplicity, elegance, and purpose of nature." 

Andrea has been developing her practice as an artist and goldsmith since graduating from the Alberta College of Art & Design with Distinction in 2008. Her artistic vision bloomed alongside her knowledge of technique and appreciation of the art form. The inspiration for her work is organic structure. She explore the intricacy and beauty of biology, while expressing themes of containment and nurturing.

Andrea's small pieces possess a certain magic. To fully experience a piece the viewer must gain a closer vantage, establishing an intimacy improbable with larger objects. This proximity allows the viewer to appreciate the delicacy and intricacy of the work. 

You can get in close proximity and fully appreciate Andrea's designs yourself at this season FABRICATED Trunk Show. Come see what this talented artist has created, and maybe take one home with you!
You can also purchase Andrea Blais Fine Jewellery through Influx Jewellery Gallery or by private sale.


Victorian Inclinations

You may remember meeting FABRICATED's Trunk Show Coordinator Jennea Frischke earlier in this blog. You probably remember that she is an uber talented and well-recognized jewelry designer and metal artist. You also know that you can get a first hand look and purchase her designs at FABRICATED's Trunk Show.
But you probably don't know JUST how good she is. Let me tell you.

Jennea will have her own exhibit at the Alberta Craft Council which opens tomorrow (Sept 3) and runs until Oct 15! The exhibit, titled "Victorian Inclinations", will showcase Jennea's newest work. We're extremely proud of this homegrown talent and are feeling extra lucky to have her on our team! 

For more information about the exhibit, click on the image below. We don't doubt it will be a success :)


Leather & Texture from Isabelle & Sophie

The polished and pretty designs of Isabelle & Sophie leather bags and accessories are perfect for those looking for a little bit of a texture-twist. The owner and designer of Isabelle & Sophie, Michelle creates gorgeous, classic pieces that compare and contrast the tactile nature of the materials chosen.
The talented Michelle originates from Toronto, received her degree in Fashion Design from Ryerson University, and started Isabelle & Sophie has a side project while working in the corporate apparel design industry. Michelle began exploring leather as a medium when she was taken over by the desire to learn how to manipulate, create, and sew using materials that were neither woven nor knit. She had an eagerness to make something people would cherish and use for a long time. In Michelle's designs, leather is often paired with fabrics, solid colours with print, and smooth with texture.
“Above all, Isabelle & Sophie is an expression of a desire for well-made, distinctive designs that are fun, feminine, and don’t take themselves too seriously.”

Isabelle & Sophie’s latest fall/winter collection “Boarding School”, explores some traditional silhouettes, such as framed doctor’s bags, with experiments in woven leather textures and canvas/leather combinations.
You can browse and shop Michelle's collections at www.isabelleandsophie.com, and get a hand-to-leather feel on her textures at this seasons FABRICATED Trunk Show. The luscious leathers are calling my name...