Calgary Fashion @ FP # 6: Behind The Scenes.

A lot goes into our fashion shows. Two and a half years ago when I started Calgary Fashion I had no idea how we would evolve into this amazing fashion power house jam packed with all the talents and effort that is even necessary to make such things happen.

This time around for Factory Party 6 we decided to go with the title Afrikana that focused on Africa meeting The Factory Party. Basically my roots meeting The Factory Party through some of Alberta's talented designers. My apartment became our dressing room filled with over 30 people and these are some behind the scenes shots. As we continue to post the pictures from FP #6, the details of what it all took to make this happen will be unveiled.

Stay tuned for more.

Photo Credit: David J

A Special Introduction

The new photo collaborative OX.

Another One Bites The Dust


(Downtown Location)

Boy by Band Of Outsiders

Sarah Silverman in Boy.

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Photo courtesy of Boy.

Stackable Dolls

Sonia Rykiel

Antonia Marras


Alena Akhmadullina

Nina Donis

Yves Saint Laurent

Dolce & Gabanna

Marc Jacobs

Maison Martin Margiela

Vogue Russia celebrating 10 years.
See the whole collection at Vogue Russia.

photos courtesy of Design Scene & Vogue Russia

Product Test: Maybelline Pulse Perfection Mascara

A couple of weeks ago some of us at CF were contacted to try out a new Maybelline product, the Pulse Perfection Mascara

Like many, I'm always searching for the perfect mascara - each seems to be good at one thing, not all, and at range of different prices.

The idea of a pulsating mascara is slightly terrifying. The eye is a precious area, a vibrating wand full of mascara near that perfect orb doesn't seem like a smart idea. Nevertheless, I wanted to give the try. If this product works, at the affordable price (I believe it's under $20, but as it's not on sale yet, I'm not entirely positive) it's definitely a bargain.

I was sent 8 mascaras for myself and friends to try out. I gave a few to some friends at my day job, regular girls who wear a little bit of makeup at work and maybe a teeny bit more when they go out.

It just so happened that when I received the mascaras to try out I was getting my makeup done for the Calgary Fashion Factory Party Show. A little hesitant myself to try out a pulsating mascara, I gave it to Olga Onulov, CF's makeup artist extraordinaire, to apply for me.

It took her a bit to get the product on to the wand, but surprisingly it went on smooth and easily. Sure it felt odd, but I was amazed at how long it made my lashes.

First time use all it did was make the lashes long, which is great, but it clumped. I got similar feedback from my co-workers. My supervisor, and others, found the button to turn on the vibrations too close to the end, and used the mascara without the vibrations. On it's own, it's a great mascara without the vibes.

I took all the feedback into consideration when I used the mascara on my own for the first time. I found a grip on the wand and button that wasn't awkward and I used it on top of the lashes as opposed to under. The first couple of coats were lengthening but they did clump. A few hours later I reapplied and found that this coat separated the lashes like I wanted it to in the first place.

Give it a try, and really try it. It takes a little getting used to the vibrations but once you find what works for you it's comparable to other more expensive mascaras that don't vibrate. And the vibrating factor is cool.

I'll let you know when it hits the shelves later this month!

Michael Jackson & Farrah Fawcett

Despite the recent loss of Michael Jackson and Farrah Fawcett, their memory will always be preserved through their endeavors, accomplishments, and impact on society. Jackson and Fawcett are not only prominent, pop culture icons but also significant muses to the fashion world. It is hard not to notice Balmain's recent blazers which echo Jackson's stage ensembles, or Gucci's frequent use of Fawcett's billowy hair style. Calgary Fashion pays tribute to these childhood icons, as they will be dearly missed.

Calgarian Model Theo Hall Walks in Milan SS10

Local model Theo Hall, of I Model Management, kicked off his Milan SS10 season with Prada and Neil Barrett.

Best Fashion Retailer of the WORLD!

You can now vote for the best fashion retailer of the WORLD! Go to WeAr and make your vote!

New Favorite Magazine - WeAr

I am always looking for new fashion magazines, and WeAr caught my attention today. WeAr diverges from the predictable, it's content is engaging, dabbling in all areas of fashion including store displays and interior spaces, and provides up-to-the-minute information from the fashion centers to obscure niches throughout the world. I wouldn't classify WeAr as suitable material to lazily skim through while waiting to buy milk, but something I would buy and happily keep rather than recycling.

Designer Dishes

photos courtesy of Hint Mag

Calgary Fashion Model Casting Call

Calgary Fashion is casting models for Factory Party #6 on June 24th and for future fashion events in Calgary. If interested please e-mail the following information to: melissa@calgaryfashion.ca


Contact Information



Snap Shots:

Full Length (front and profile)
Headshot (front and profile)

Models please:

Be fresh faced
Have hair up, away from the face
Wear form-fitting clothing

Please state your availability for Factory Party #6 in your e-mail.
Please note that we will only consider serious submissions.

For more information about Factory Party please visit The Modern Leisure.

We look forward to hearing from you!

- Calgary Fashion Staff

Love, Art & Fashion

Our friend David is a ridiculous visual graphics selecta! His latest show "Procession" has been rocking the waves on 17th Avenue at The Gallery Life and Styles.

Check him out in the Calgary Herald as he has just been interviewed recently by the fabulous fashion reporter Lincoln Phillip.

We lurrrve you David!


Love, Art & Fashion by Lincoln Phillip.

Photo Credit: Liz Field

Catch the vibe

Still searching for the ultimate mascara, the one that you're going to love forever? I can't tell you if Maybelline's Pulse Perfection Mascara is The One, as I haven't tried it yet (I will soon, check back next week for our review) but it definitely looks like one to check out and give it try. Officially it's not on store shelves until June 23, but today Maybelline is offering an exclusive two-day sale at http://www.pulseperfection.ca/.

You can pick up the oh-so-affordable new tube for $18.99 today and tomorrow.
Let me know what you think. And if you've already found The One, share!

Liberty Re-Imagined

I go out of my way to get to Edmonton at least once a season solely to spend my time (and money) at Gravity Pope's clothing store, Tailored Goods. From Robert Geller glasses to Peter Jensen sweaters- and everything in-between- Tailored Goods never fails to impress. And never more than this season!

I got an excited phone call from a friend this morning informing me that my prayers had been answered- Liberty of London prints used in a collaboration with French design house Cacharel! Once the go-to prints of Carnaby Street during the swinging sixties, today Liberty of London has stepped up their signature floral prints while keeping true to the original feel. Cacharel has used vintage prints in lovely blues, pinks, peaches, and navies in it's Spring/Summer 09 collaboration with Liberty. The best news- Tailored Goods is carrying several of the collection's dresses, tops, and famous blouses! Edmonton, here I come!!!

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