Following the flurry of fashion that has been showcased on the runways in New York City, Edmonton is ready to host Western Canada Fashion Week (WCFW) from September 13 – 20, 2012.
This week-long event features daily shows that showcase fashions from over 30 emerging and veteran designers. Bold, statement-making styles are on trend this season, so expect to see decadent baroque looks, elaborate layering, and unusual fabric pairings. Get inspiration for your own wardrobe from the looks on the runway, and then purchase some pieces from local artists and designers in the Style Market (located in the foyer of the event venue).
Hair and makeup styling events will be featured too, and some of the best artists, brands, and salons in the industy will demonstrate tips for achieving the hottest looks of the season — as well as some creative, fantasy looks.
Click here to view the full schedule of Western Canada Fashion Week events. All shows take place at the TransAlta Arts Barn, 10330 – 84 Ave. Tickets are required for each event and are $10 each for afternoon shows, and $25 (incl. GST) for evening shows. They can be purchased at the door or in advance through TIX on the Square (10330-84 Ave.), over the phone (780-420-1757), or on their website.
The Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) is premiering an exciting new exhibition this weekend that is on trend with the elaborate baroque styles that are featured in fashion this fall. Misled by Nature: Contemporary Art and the Baroque will run from September 15, 2012 – January 6, 2013 and showcases contemporary artwork that incorporates or engages the exaggerated, exuberant, and dramatic features that defined the Baroque period.
The work on display has been drawn primarily from the National Gallery of Canada’s permanent collections, but features newly commissioned work by Tricia Middleton that has been created especially for this AGA exhibition. The artwork that comprises this exhibition is visually stunning, and is intriguing to view even without any knowledge of Baroque art.
Sunday, September 16 is a great day to visit the gallery to take part in free, experience-enhancing activities during BMO All Day Sunday: Extraordinary vs. Everyday. From 12 pm – 4 pm, admission to the gallery includes additional all-ages activities, including storytelling, tours with AGA educators,, and craft stations where you can create your own mini-installations or make a Baroque-themed picture frame.
Admission: $12.50 Adult; $8.50 Senior/Student; Children under 6 are free; $26.50 Family. Open Tues – Fri 11 am – 7 pm; Sat – Sun 11 am – 5 pm; Closed Mon. The AGA is located at 2 Sir Winston Churchill Square; please call 780-422-6223.
Perfect for families, and model train enthusiasts, the Edmonton Model Train Show will feature over 40,000 sq. ft. of model train displays, a LEGO train activity centre, a trade show, and expert-led workshops. Newcomers will enjoy the enthusiasm and passion for the hobby that experienced collectors have, and can take advantage of the opportunity to learn about the particulars of model train collecting. This event runs September 14 – 15, 10 am – 5 pm daily at the Mayfield Trade Centre 16615 – 109 Avenue.
Not only is Ellerslie Gift and Garden a great place to visit for unique gifts, greeting cards, exotic plants, and gardening accessories — many items on sale during their Fall Sale now — but their Coffee and Bistro Bar is a fantastic dining destination to enjoy some of the best coffee and fresh-baked goods in the city! In addition to familiar favourites like their sweet potato quesadilla and cornbread muffins, the culinary experts at Ellerslie Gift and Garden are always introducing new, creative dishes to the menu. We highly recommend trying their featured fall desserts: Blueberry Cheesecake Pie and Ambrosia Cupcakes. Click here to view all of the tasty offerings on their menu. Open Mon – Fri 10 am – 5 pm; Sat 10 am – 5:30 pm; Sun 12 pm – 5:30 pm; located at 10330 Ellerslie Rd.
To find out about more hot shopping, dining, and entertainment attractions in Edmonton, be sure to read through the latest issue of WHERE Edmonton magazine: free copies are available in hotels, restaurants, and attractions throughout the city, or read the online edition.
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