Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Windows On Whyte

blouse - vintage, blazer - H&M, trousers - Zara, ballet flats - JOE Fresh, bag and glasses - Urban Outfitters

Last Saturday I, along with a few other fashion bloggers and artsy-farsty folks, was invited to judge the Windows on Whyte (WOW) window display competition in Edmonton's Old Strathcona Fashion District. Eight students from Grant MacEwan University each competed for a chance to win gift cards from all of the stores participating (Bamboo Ballroom, Foosh, Mars and Venus, Oak + Fort, Gravity Pope, Colourblind, Avenue Clothing and Plush), tickets to Western Canada Fashion Week and local recognition during WCFW. I was blown away by how creative and innovative these students were in creating their masterpieces. It was so hard to judge and pick the window that I thought should win because they were all so brilliant!

Bamboo Ballroom window display. Marilyn, Twiggy and Audrey, three of my favorite icons. I'll say this now: it is so freakin' hard trying to take photos of windows! That's why you will only see a few, sadly : (.

Gravity Pope. The designer was a master of origami and extremely detail-oriented.

Full Frontal Fall at Oak + Fort

Mars and Venus' vibrant, retro display

Janis, Brittany, Jared and Caroline looking over their score sheets.

The results:
1st Place was a tie between Bamboo Ballroom (Sarah Kobasiuk) and Oak + Fort (Jessica Fleury)
2nd place went to Mar + Venus (Kim Anderson)
3rd place went to Gravity Pope (Shuang Wang)


Group shot of the judges. From L-R: Janis, me, Suzy + Bianca (DJ's from Girls Club), photographer Ashley Champagne, YELP's Brittany Kustra, Style Guy Jared, Caroline Gault and Stacey Boruk, co-owner of Bamboo Ballroom.

If you live in Edmonton you can join me on Friday, September 23rd for the Whyte Avenue showcase at Western Canada Fashion Week which will feature the hottest fall fashions from "the ave".


Courtney Erin said...

I love what you wore to this very cool sounding competition - you look all business (which is exactly how I imagine a judge should look!) and so pretty. That pale blue shade suits you so well.

xoxo ~ Courtney

Catita said...

so fun! I love the display from Mars and VEnus the most!

Sandy Joe said...

I LOVE the GP window! So simple and clever... but BB is pretty incredible too. It's great to see so many people getting involved. I'm looking forward to WCFW!

x The Pretty Secrets

Kassandra said...

You are all so cute! Love it! The Bamboo Ballroom one is my fave!
<3 Kastles

JennaStevie said...

Ohhh what fun!! You look so cute in that blouse

Jessie said...

Looks like fun!


NaomiDee said...

you look awesome in those glasses marie..you totally look ready for business! Bamboo Ballroom is definitely my fave..you cant beat having marilyn, twiggy and audrey all in one window! :)

Nikosmommy said...

How cool is this?! I love judging things, but this competition would be tough! (love how totally involved you are in the local Edmonton fashion scene!!!)

Closet Fashionista said...

Ooh so much fun! :D Loving your outfit :)

Melissa said...

That looks like so much fun! Love love love what you wore. It was the perfect mix of stylish and professional. I wish I could pull off glasses or a top knot like you can! Super cute

Sue said...

How fun!! You look so sharp :)

Ashleigh said...

How neat!
And how in love I am with your bun! :)

Anonymous said...

love those glasses on you, they look so geek-chic on you!

aliciafashionista said...

What a great idea to draw foot traffic into the stores! Love them all, but have to agree that Bamboo Ballroom is my favourite. PS Can I please have your high bun? Can never get my hair to stay/look that cute in a bun :P

J. said...

Great windows!!! So different and interesting!
Thanks for sharing.
Love the glasses on you! Professional and chic and beautiful!!!
:) J.

Kim's Vanity said...

Love your look here, those geek glasses totally suit your face, you look smashing.
My fave window display was the the red one with the bird cage.

Ashley, Lions Lace Lattes said...

This is such a cool competition! It would be so hard to judge those window displays. They all looked amazing!

The Key To Chic said...

Peering at window displays is one of my favorite things to do. Love the Gravity Pope window and its use of art and props. It would definitely get my attention if I were walking by!

Berta said...

Great outfit for work! =)

Mimi said...

oh my gosh, that's so cool -- i would love to judge store windows! ;)

p.s. i looove your hair!

<3, Mimi
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Ashley said...

I spy an adorable camel coat in that store window that I wouldn't mind having for my very self! As usual, you--and everyone else--look so stylish. I like the glasses. And I am strangely drawn to that gorgeous floor you're standing on in the first two pictures. It looks so classy!


What a fun event, those display windows are gorgeous & so creatively done, love, love it!! Also, I'm loving what you wore... and those glasses are fabulous on you. ♥ veronika

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