Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Mercedes Benz Start-Up Semi-Finals with IMG Fashion

Last night I was invited to attend the Mercedes Benz Start-Up Semi Finals at David Morris Fine Cars. The Mercedes Benz Start-Up is a national program that seeks to discover and mentor young, talented fashion designers across Canada. Produced by IMG Fashion (only the biggest fashion agency in the WORLD!) and the Fashion Design Council of Canada, they put on a high-calibre, top notch event showcasing Western Canada's Top 5 finalists. First up was one of my local faves, Malorie Urbanovitch.


A gorgeous dress (that I want to purchase!) from Malorie's F/W 2012 Collection

For my review on Malorie's complete F/W collection, which I was lucky to catch during Western Canada Fashion Week, click here.

The second designer to showcase their talent was Lauren Bagliore from Calgary

I'm not sure why I never heard of Laura before last night! Her designs are amazing!
 I'll be keeping my eye on her ;).

Here are some beautifully-crafted pieces from Calgary's Rebecca King

I loved this coat!

Nicole Campre, who won the Emerging Designer competition at Western Canada Fashion Week last month and graduated from Marvel College not too long ago has such a bright future ahead of her. She already designs for Loft 82 and Oak + Fort! I love the neutral color palette  and the soft fabrics she chose for her showcase.

Another delicate and heavenly Nicole Campre creation

Last in the line up was Eliza Faulkner from Vancouver Island

I adored her unique, flirty and fun dresses which are perfect for spring and summer!

AND THE WINNER IS.....

Edmontonian Malorie Urbanovitch! Congratulations! Malorie will be heading to Toronto in October to show her line at World Master Card  Fashion Week and compete in the finals! The winner will receive mentorship from industry experts for a year, their own solo show the following season and will have their designs featured in an editorial spread in FASHION magazine. Not bad, not bad at all!

Here are some few snaps from the after-party last night:

clockwise from top left: The Edmonton Journal's Amanda Ash and Vickie Laliotis, Vickie's yummy treats (and her gorgeous YSL ring), photographer Harvey Miedreich and FASHION magazine's Caroline Gault, Kurtis and Alyssa from The Ordinary Peoples.

Me and Janis

Kyla Kaziel and Stacey Boruk, owners of Bamboo Ballroom and The Common, Maggie from Loft 82.


What a night this was! It was so exciting for everyone involved, including the audience. To have local talent showcased on such a grand scale with IMG and the FDCC's involvement was UNREAL! And I'm so happy for Malorie and what lies ahead for her in the next year! I also want to congratulate all the other designers who made the Top 10 and Top 5, you should all be so proud!

Special thanks to Andrew Serrano from IMG for inviting me to be a part of such an amazing event! Come back soon, please. We loved having you all here!



14 comments:

Courtney Erin said...

Nice coverage - and there were some really stunning designs featured!

Courtney ~ http://sartorialsidelines.com

StopTheTime said...

This is fantastic. ;)

Catita said...

loving Nicole campere's collection!

Alexandra said...

Ah looks like such an amazing event! And my bet was either on Malorie or Nicole for the win, glad to see Malorie won! And I could totally see you in that tan dress - would look stunning on you!

Alexandra xo

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Sue said...

Drooling! beautiful clothes!!

Closet Fashionista said...

Ooh how exciting! So many amazing pieces :D
I especially enjoy the coat you liked and the one above it! :D
http://www.closet-fashionista.com/

J. said...

Such a fun post Marie. WOW looked like a great event! I am proud to be a fellow Edmontonian :) Congrats to Malorie! I loved all the dresses and outfits in the pics-Wish I could have them all lol
:) J.

Sparrow Lyn said...

Wow what a nice event to be at...thanks for sharing the pics with us !

Ellie said...

This sounds incredible! It's such an amazing way to discover new designers.

-Ellie

Nikosmommy said...

Great clothes and a great event!
Hands down, Edmonton beats calgary's butt for fashion related events!!

20 York Street said...

Congratulations, well deserving winner! Though I lote Vancouver's Eliza Falukner too!


oxo

ML
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Sandy Joe said...

This was such a well put on event - I wish I would have been able to stay longer! Great photographs.

x The Pretty Secrets

Melanie Liliana said...

Omg love all of this! I tried to go but I didn't get a response back from WCFW! Maybe next year I'll be going! New blogger from Alberta! Haha

Melanie xo

Iambornlippy.blogspot.com

Yuliya ♥ said...

Great pics :)
Bisous
Yu'

 
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