PARKLUXE 2014 Presented by Lexus of Royal Oak

The non-profit arts and fashion organization, PARK (Promoting Artists Redefining Kulture) will host its fourth instalment of PARKLUXE on October 4 at the Riverwalk Plaza in East Village. The event aims to showcase nationally recognized, sophisticated designers to an Albertan audience while celebrating their collective talents for the first time on a Western Canadian stage. PARK is extending its program to designers in Eastern Canada that share a similar need for exposure to consumers and media. PARKLUXE is a heavily anticipated event, attended by an estimated 800 plus guests from across the country.

Following his acclaimed Fall/Winter 2014 show at Toronto’s World MasterCard Fashion Week, designer Matthew Gallagher is bringing his collection to Calgary. Milan-trained Matthew Gallagher will be featured as a special guest designer this year as the 2014 Cayman Islands Stylemaker, an innovative recognition program that supports talent in the fields of culinary, fashion, interior design and the arts.

“Being selected as the Cayman Islands Stylemaker has been an amazing experience and has provided me with this fantastic opportunity to take my brand across the country to the PARKLUXE event,” says Matthew Gallagher. “When I first visited the Cayman Islands I fell in love with Cayman life and the sense of style and sophistication that goes with it. The Stylemaker program and the destination have continued to serve as a source of inspiration and I’m excited to have the opportunity to forge new relationships with the Calgary market.”

Third-time PARKLUXE participant Caitlin Power, Calgary-born founder and designer of her self titled brand, has also been recognized nationally for her bold, confident and sophisticated designs. The mastery of Power’s work, has been most recently worn by celebrities such as singers, Cher Lloyd, and Estelle, ET Canada Host, Cheryl Hickey, and Hollywood actress Jenna Elfman.

Along with Caitlin Power, five other fashion designers have been invited by PARK from cross Canada to be featured in PARKLUXE 2014. The PARKLUXE 2014 line up includes; LAURA SIEGEL, MALORIE URBANOVITCH, PAUL HARDY, NICOLE CAMPRE and MATTHEW GALLAGHER presented by the Cayman Islands. 

Kara Chomistek, PARK president, says, “This year, PARKLUXE will be raising the bar for cultural events hosted in Western Canada. We have an incredible, national line-up that couldn’t be possible without the support of partners like Lexus of Royal Oak and The Cayman Islands Department of Tourism. She adds, “Our guests will also have an exciting opportunity to ‘shop the runway’ at the first PARKLUXE Designer Pop-up Shop, which will be available post-show”. ARK’s goal to cultivate art and culture within Calgary means that 100 per cent of the proceeds from ticket, bar sales and sponsorship enables the organization to continue to host events that bring exposure to aspiring artists.

For Ticket info check here at PARK's official website. 



Fondation Louis Vuitton: One Day, One Story, One Emotion

Designed by American architect Frank Gehry, the Fondation Louis Vuitton created by LVMH group will officially be open to the public on Monday 27th October 2014; with free entry on reservation – on Friday 24, Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 October 2014.

Fondation Louis Vuitton is located in Paris, on the site of the Jardin d’acclimatation in the Bois de Boulogne. The Fondation Louis Vuitton will be principally associated with artistic creation in all its forms. At the heart of the spaces, the public will be invited to discover the permanent collection made up of works belonging to the Fondation or the Arnault collection, as well as temporary exhibitions – two a year – and musical events in the auditorium.

For the opening of the Fondation Louis Vuitton, the artistic programme will unfold in three successive stages between October 2014 and July 2015, each stage will include a temporary exhibition, a partial presentation of the collection and a series of events.

The first stage – October to December 2014 – invites the public to a ‘voyage of creation’ essentially devoted to the discovery of the architecture of the building with:

•An exhibition on the architecture of Frank Gehry for the Fondation Louis Vuitton. This exhibition will be presented in dialogue with the first major European retrospective of the work of Frank Gehry, organized simultaneously at the Centre Pompidou.
•The presentation of several emblematic works from the permanent collection.
•A group of special commissions related to the architecture of the building including a work by Olafur Eliasson.

The auditorium of the Fondation will present several performances most particularly two musical events:

         •A recital by the pianist Lang Lang on 28 October 2014.
         •A series of 8 retrospective concerts by Kraftwerk, the pioneering
         electronic group, from 6 to 14 November 2014.

The two following stages, opening in December 2014 and July 2015 will be announced shortly.

"The Success of LVMH group relies on a strategy that combines timelessness with extreme modernity in the creation of its products. I hope that this same spirit will drive the Fondation."-Bernard Arnault 

To find out more about schedules and opening information, check the official Fondation Louis Vuitton website here

All Photos Courtesy of Fondation Louis Vuitton. 


Orla Kiely x Clarks A/W2014 capsule collection

Following the successful Spring/Summer 2014 collaboration with acclaimed designer Orla Kiely, Clarks today announced they are continuing their partnership with the ‘Queen of Prints’ for Autumn/Winter 2014. Available at gravitypope and select Clarks store locations across Canada, the Orla Kiely x Clarks Autumn/Winter 2014 capsule shoe collection features six styles and is in-stores now.

I am thrilled about continuing my work with internationally renowned brand Clarks, and designing a second capsule shoe collection featuring six new styles for women,” said Kiely. “We worked closely with the Clarks team to bring our vision to life, designing a truly beautiful line of shoes.

Renowned for her love of colour, pattern and texture, Kiely has taken her contemporary spin on 60s and 70s design and created a capsule collection of six styles that previewed at London Fashion Week in February 2014. Spanning an eclectic range of styles, her Clarks Autumn/Winter 2014 collection includes The Dotty, a t-bar mid-heel platform; The Dora, a low-heeled slipper loafer; The Dorothy, a mid-heeled mary-jane; as well as The Daphne, The Dilly and The Dixie, more everyday styles with a fashion edge. Weaving classic rich autumnal tones of burgundy, ochre and red, with bold silhouettes and unexpected textures, the collection is undeniably trend led, yet appeals to the wardrobe needs of every modern woman.

Bringing together a shared passion for creativity, style and attention to detail, Kiely’s second capsule collection is underpinned by the craftsmanship synonymous with the Clarks name for almost 200 years. Kiely is endorsed by a celebrity fan base that includes Kate Middleton, Alexa Chung, Keira Knightley, Kirsten Dunst and Zooey Deschanel.

We really enjoyed working with Orla and her team on a second collaboration, and fusing her one-of-a-kind designs with the Clarks mantra of effortless British styleWe are excited to see these styles on the feet of stylish Canadian women,” said Darren Day, Group Head of Marketing for Clarks Women’s.

The Orla Kiely x Clarks Autumn/Winter 2014 capsule shoe collection will be exclusively available in Canada at gravitypope’s Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver and Toronto store locations (and online at www.gravitypope.com), as well as Clarks Place Ville Marie (Montreal) and Clarks St. Vital (Winnipeg).  Below are some of the Fall/Winter looks for 2014, check out their website at Clarks for more styles. 


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Recap: Nordstrom Opening Gala

On September 17 Gar&Mann:L was invited to Nordstrom's Opening Gala for a sneak peak and an exclusive experience the new 140,000 sq. ft. store. About 2,000 guests attended the night's event. Nordstrom underwrites the event and $180,000 from ticket sales will directly benefit the organizations and their programs that support the well-being and mental health of Calgary youth. Throughout the night attendee enjoyed cocktails, dinner and desserts served by Hotel Arts. Fall fashion presentation was given at the second floor in women's contemporary clothing. On the first floor, a stage was set up accompanied by performances given by Canadian solo artist Sean Jones. Nordstrom also offer membership program to collect points toward future purchases. Known for their large shoe selection, brands such as SJP Collection by Sara Jessica Parker (exclisive to Nordstroms U.S and Canada), Attilio Giusti Leombruni, La Canadienne (Canadian brand) and Pedro Garcia. Check out our Facebook Page for more photos here



Yo'Hood 2014: BE@RBRICK WORLDTOUR 2 Shanghai stop

Curated by Hong Kong singer Edison Chen, BE@RBRICK WORLD WIDE TOUR 2 Shanghai stop at the Yo'Hood 2014 will feature 1000% BE@RBRICK created by more than 70 artists and numerous fashion designers from around world. Artists such as Been Trill, Snarkitecture (Daniel Arsham), Kevin Poon, VLONE, Chen Man, Xu Zhen, Dr. Romanelli, SSUR, as well as fashion photographer Nick Knight and Chenman is also invited for this exhibition as well. All previous collaboration BE@RBRICK from MEDICOM TOY X NIKE and MEDICOM TOY X CLOT limited edition will be on display as well. for more about Ya'Hood check here

[ participating artist  ]
Charles M. Schulzs Studio(Paige Braddock)Chen MancoletteConrad Leach
D[diː]/DEVILROBOTS/Dr. Romanelli/Ed Banger records (Pedro Busy P Winter)EDISON CHEN
fragmentdesign (Hiroshi Fujiwara)/FROGMAN/FUJIKO・F・FUJIO PRO/FUMIYA FUJII/
Kuntzel+Deygas/Levi’s®/Libertine (Johnson Hartig)/Lucasfilm Ltd./maico akiba/
Mika Ninagawa/mintdesigns(Hokuto Katsui / Nao Yagi)/
NIKE (Mark Parker)/OriginalFake (KAWS)/P.M.Ken/PAUL&JOE (SophieALBOU)
play set products(Shiro Nakano)/PUSHEAD/Rolito/Ryuichi Sakamoto/
SASQUATCHfabrix. (Wonder Worker Guerrilla Band.)/Satoshi Fumihara/
Sebastian Masuda/SENSE (SATOSHI MORIYA)/Snarkitecture/
The Walt Disney Company (Japan) Ltd. DisneyConsumer Products/
Wonderwall (Masamichi Katayama)/Xu Zhen/YOSHIDA & CO., LTD./ZEEBRA