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Calgary luxury designers fix-up for ParkLUXE

Annual fashion show will feature several collections from local designers

Paul Hardy works on a design that will be featured in the upcoming ParkLUXE fashion show on Oct. 1 at the National Music Centre in Calgary.

Josie Lukey / For Metro

Paul Hardy works on a design that will be featured in the upcoming ParkLUXE fashion show on Oct. 1 at the National Music Centre in Calgary.

A variety of sketches are laid out on the floor of Paul Hardy’s studio that are stapled with swatches of fabric as the designer plans out his collection for ParkLUXE 2016.

Hardy is just one several Canadian designers who will be featured in ParkLUXE 2016, an experimental fashion show on Oct. 1 that will be making its home this year at the National Music Centre in an effort to infuse both live music and fashion.

“It’s largely done in shades of navy, pewter and kind of a merlot colour, and then there’s lots of embellishment of Swarovski crystals” said Hardy, who added that his collection will be segueing into a spring line inspired by a biblical story about a woman who turns into a pillar of salt.

Luxury lingerie brand Year of the Ram will also be making its debut at the event, presenting the fall/winter 2016 collection sprinkled with a few pieces from the spring 2017 collection that includes a variety of lavish lace and sheer fabrics in muted simplistic colours.

“With a lot of laces I’ve used, they are so detailed and intricate that when I find them, I try to figure out how I can use them to show off that detail the best way without hiding it,” said Christina McFaddin of Year of the Ram.

Details are also what the team of this year’s ParkLUXE is focusing on, where the creation of a special type of runway, originally inspired by Dior, will have models strutting designer clothing through different rooms in different space. Jessie Li of Park said it’s all about playing with the unique architectural setting of the NMC.

“We’re going to play a little bit with that his year, which is going to be quite complex and hopefully engaging and interesting for our audience,” said Li.

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