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Western Canada Fashion Week - Designer Collections

Designer: Michael Derrada, Photo: Donna Lynn PhotographyWestern Canada Fashion Week
Designer Collections
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April 2, 2015
Edmonton, AB


Has this makeup artist turned fashion blogger? Maybe just for tonight.  I just wanted a new take on what I do. Doing makeup for a fashion show is always so hectic and I never really get a chance to see what goes on once the girls hit the runway.  Tonight I was able to sit on the sidelines  as I watched backstage before getting a front row seat at the show.

As I sat in the Trans Alt Barn waiting for the show to start it was buzzing with chatter and anticipation. Designers from all over the country were about to show some of the best work I've seen this season.

Thursday Night's Line Up

Lafont Eyewear presented by Vision By Design
Grady Bleu by Kathleen O’Grady [Saskatoon, SK]
Emogene Couture [Calgary, AB]
Michael Derrada [Toronto, ON]
Melany Rowe


Visions by Design [one of the sponsors of WCFW] and their Lafont summer collection was first to hit the runway showing their trendy eyewear with vibrate colours and the retro shapes we love so much. There were various styles of sunglass and reading glasses. The makeup was simple and clean as to not overshadow the eyewear.

Grady Bleu by Kathleen O'Grady, a designer from Saskatoon, impressed all with her innovative reverse blazer.  Her whole collection blew me away and took me to the French countryside then to the to the trendy streets of Paris.

The simplicity of Emogene Contour contrasted nicely with the boldly coloured jackets.  Each one had simple alterations, but each jacket stood out as statement piece in its own right.  Whether paired with a skirt or skinny jeans, these jackets are a must have for spring.   

Toronto-based designer, Michael Derrada, impressed all with his collection of red (and only red) dresses.  I was a little unsure how I would feel about this Red Wedding collection, but as each dress, from those of silk cocktail-length to chiffon-filled gowns, appeared I grew to appreciate the variety he was able to show.  Using a monochromatic theme is a simple idea, but he had an outstanding finish.


Top and Bottom Left: Photo and Model: allie Bodnar, Deisnger: Melany Rowe; Right: Designer: Melany Rowe, Photo: Donna Lynn PhotographyBackstage with Melany Rowe


I have been a fan of Melany Rowe and her work for some time. She has taken her haute couturecollections to the runway in Paris, has graced the pages of more than one magazine and will soon be showing her work in Milan. 


Melany, whose designs are being sought by boutiques in New York, Los Angeles and Montreal, has a flare for intricate bead work all done by hand.  Her collection at tonight's event had a regal vamptress feel combined with style and elegance.


Backstage I was able to chat with fellow makeup artist, Becky Turner, who started working with Melany back in 2012.  When Melany wasn't able to make it to Edmonton in time, she asked Becky to coordinate the night for her, which she gladly did.

She said: "I felt great by the end of the night. I was pleased with how smoothly everything went. The dresses fit the girls perfectly, which frightened me because they only showed up at my house earlier that day, so there was no fitting.
Designer: Melany Rowe, Photo: Nicole Ziegler
"There was a delay due to that snow storm last week, but the girls were so amazing and understood that I was new to this."


Becky is also owner at Edmonton Makeup Artists and her team nailed the look for Melany's collection this evening with a dark eye and deep red lips. I love this as it enhanced the entire feel of the clothing.
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Check out some of the amazing shots taken by Western Canada Fashion Week photographers at Flickr.

Designer: Michael Derrada, Photo: Lindsay Thomson

 







From left to right: Melany Rowe (photo Donna Lynn Photography); Emogene Couture(photo LA Morley); Visions by Design (photo Lindsay Thomson); Grady Bleu (photo Donna Lynn Photography)




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Lesley-Anne Morley on April 13, 2015 7:24 PM
Thank-you so much Sólbjörg. We love that people are reading, not to mention enjoying, our little blog. We are sisters: the writer and the makeup artist. Seems to be a winning combination. ;0)


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