Miu Miu Aoyama Store Opening Ceremony

To celebrate the opening of its new Aoyama store, Miu Miu launched a ceremony including
Fashion show and Party for 1000 people in the Belle Salle in Shibuya. 

The Miu Miu store’s most iconic elements are selected and placed like art objects in an exhibition around which the event takes place. With the intention to emphasize their design at a glance, the elements are exaggerated like pop art: scaled up, over-colored, produced of funny materials or simply used for a completely different purpose:

A monumentally inflated chair is hanging from the ceiling above the runway; a plastic staircase
becomes an unusable sculpture in the lobby; the vitrine furniture becomes a huge, accessible
bar distributing not bags but refreshments.

Taken away from their original context and program, the iconic elements get a poetic meaning.

The artificially created environment makes the guest feel like Alice in Wonderland.

In order to reinforce the hybrid character of the event, the spaces are treated like museum
typologies: the white gallery space as a reception for the guest; the big hall for an instant
perception of the fashion défilé; and the three thematic rooms organized along an enfilade for
the party.

Instead of just being made as a cheap decor for one single event, the individual objects are
seriously crafted and made to eventually be used in other occasions and contexts.

Miu Miu


PARKSHOW 2015 Presented by Chinook Centre

The non­profit arts and fashion organization, PARK (Promoting Artists | Redefining Kulture) will host its eighth instalment of PARKSHOW on May 23 in the newest north parkade addition at Chinook Centre. The event will bring the coastline to Calgary through an interactive and underground experience transporting guests into a surreal, ocean inspired setting. PARKSHOW 2015 aims to showcase emerging designers from across Western Canada to an Albertan audience of over 700 guests. PARK continues to support Canadian designers that share a similar need for exposure to consumers and media.

Ten hand­picked Canadian designers will fill the runway with their Spring/Summer 2015 collections, including headliner Eliza Faulkner ​(Vancouver), along with Bano eeMee ​(Calgary), SP Badu ​(Calgary), Vivian Lee ​(Toronto/Calgary), LUXX RTW ​(Edmonton), Suka ​(Edmonton), Coutu Kitsch ​(Calgary), Lennard Taylor ​(Winnipeg), 6 Streets ​(Calgary), Forge Apparel ​(Calgary), as well as several Canadian Chinook Centre retailers. Featured artist Jennie Vallis (Calgary) will also be showcasing a series of ocean themed installations.

“PARKSHOW is a great opportunity for emerging and new designers to showcase their designs to discerning fashionistas. It brings the artistic community together to celebrate art and fashion and provides the much needed exposure to the local fashion scene. Bano eeMee has been able to emerge as Alberta's local leather label thanks to PARKSHOW.”

Aleem Arif, founder and designer of Bano eeMee said. Aleem continues, “..Looking forward to seeing my work on the runway and to share the latest Bano eeMee designs with Calgary. Also looking forward to celebrating the Canadian fashion scene with my friends and supporters and proponents of art, culture and fashion in Calgary. Thank you PARK for the opportunity!”.

Kara Chomistek, PARK President, comments, “Each year our talent, production and guest experience improves and we are grateful for the interest PARK continues to receive at a local, Western Canadian and now national level. We are especially thankful to our returning title sponsor, Chinook Centre, for allowing us to flex our creativity and provide our guests with a truly unique artistic experience. We cannot wait to show you what we are creating!“

PARK’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 and entrepreneurship opportunities to aspiring artists.

Purchase your ticket here.

PARKSHOW Event Details
Date: Saturday, May 23

Location: Chinook Centre
North Parkade - P2
6455 Macleod Trail S, Calgary, AB

Doors Open at 7:00 pm
Show I - 9:00 pm (seated)
Show II - 10:00 pm (seated)
PARK Pop-up Shops available throughout the evening.
Early Bird ticket prices are in effect until March 31!

VIP - Tier I: $125
VIP - Tier II: $100

General Seating: $60
Standing Room - $30
Tickets are Available here

Nike x sacai Collection

(Video source : Daily Mail  Online)

NikeLab recently released a collab collection with Sacai aiming to create innovative sportswear under a feminine approach. To Chitose Abe, designer of Sacai functionality is very important, it allows her to explore possibilities with fabrics. NikeLab x sacai is about the redefinition of sport classics. Designed for the body in motion, the Nike x sacai collection presents artful combinations of innovative materials that fluidly disrupt traditional sportswear forms. Through the lens of internationally renowned fashion house sacai, Nike icons are treated with a seamless blend of femininity and modern elegance to reimagine the iconic look of sport.
To shop or view the full collection check here.

About Chitose Abe 

Renowned designer Chitose Abe founded the sacai fashion house in Tokyo in 1998. Since then she’s established a signature style defined by fluid reinventions of traditional silhouettes. Abe’s partnership with Nike represents her ongoing exploration of the interplay between masculinity and femininity, combined with a reverence for movement.
Source: Nike Lab US


PARK’s Third Emerging Artist and Designer Forum 2015

Nonprofit fashion and arts organization, PARK (Promoting Artists, Redefining Kulture) will host the third Emerging Artist and Designer Forum in Calgary on Saturday, April 25 and Sunday, April 26, 2015. This weekend conference in partnership with Olds College Calgary Campus and Victoria Park BRZ brings together some of Alberta’s most high­profile fashion designers and artists to discuss the challenges and opportunities of being a professional creative working in the Alberta market.

“The forum is designed to provide emerging artists and designers with information that is beyond what is taught in the classroom. We are so excited to bring a panel of industry experts to share their entrepreneurial insight and practical experiences. PARK truly believes in developing Alberta talent, and the forum is a great platform for sharing industry information & resources, networking and collaboration.” says Jessie Li, Park Vice President.
Sessions will include art and fashion­specific topics, as well as broader topics that are valuable to any business owner in the creative industry. The information and insights offered, as well as workshop activities and take­home materials provided, will ensure that every forum attendee concludes the event feeling informed and thoroughly inspired to apply what they have learned within their own practices. 

In addition, this event provides an opportunity to network with Calgary’s creative leaders and work together to further redefine artistic culture within the city’s landscape. Speakers will be announced at a later date. 

For a full list of speakers (TBA) 

More information on the PARK Artist and Designer Forum visit http://ourparkonline.com/forum­calgary.html


Bella Charity Fashion Gala 2015: Calgary Health Trust x Holt Renfrew Calgary

Last Wednesday March 11th, Gar&Mann:L was invited to one of Calgary's Premier fashion and charity Gala, Bella 2015 by Calgary Health Trust and Holt Renfrew Calgary. In the past, Bella has raised almost $1 million for health priorities in research, education and leading edge technologies in our community. This year, all proceeds raised will be directed to the “Neonatal Intensive Care Unit” (NICU) at Foothills Medical Centre in order to create the only in-born Level III Tertiary Care Unit in southern Alberta for their tiniest patients. 

Bella charity fashion gala 2015 was a great success, it had raised more than $600,000 for the NICU. Many community leaders and generous donors across the city came together to show their support. A fashion presentation put together by Holt Renfrew style team showcased the latest spring trend. Proceeds generated from ticket sales and auction items were also used to benefit the following medical equipments in Foothills Hospital's NICU:

- Giraffe Omnibed hybrid isolettes: Helps reduce the stress to the baby and increase access for staff.
- Cardiac ultrasound unit: Allows staff to take exceptional ultrasound imaging directly to the baby without moving them
- Bedside monitors: Help to provide a coherent picture of patient status
- Neonatal ventillator: State-of-the-art ventilation therapy for the tiniest of patients
- SiPAP non-invasion ventilator: Offers non-invasive positive pressure ventilation
- Therapeutic hypothermia units: Reduces brain damage, and improves an infant's chance of survival
- Heated cots
- Handheld ultrasound
- Medication infusion pumps: Delivers medications, into the babys body in controlled amounts
- Resuscitation units
- Phototherapy lights: Used to treat jaundice
- Donor milk: Access breast milk through donor milk bank, which provides many necessary nutrients for tiny and sick infants when their mother's milk is not available

Big congrats to Bella 2015! But Calgary Health Trust will still need your love and support in continue to provide medical care and special service programs for the city of Calgary. Help make a difference by making a generous donation here