Folkfest: "à la Mode"

Folkfest: "à la Mode"

Folkfest  is one of my favourite Saskatchewan summer festivals of the year.

In previous years it was because I got to attend and enjoy the fabulous food, the Ukrainian and Irish dancing, and smashing plates and yelling "OPA!", among other activities. This year was different. This year, I was an "Artiste". Or at least, so said the name tag on the lanyard around my neck. The reason for this sudden title-change is this: Saskatoon Fashion & Design Festival (SFDF) was commissioned to put together a fashion show for the Francophone Pavillion, and Nicole Romanoff & I were assigned the task of styling the looks for the show.

So, we started pinning. Soon, a common thread seemed to run through each photo. While it was indeed black in color, it wasn't what one might expect. Rather than finding Chanel suits, Dior dresses, Givenchy creations, or even Yves Saint Laurent's "le smoking" tuxedo, there was a seemingly irreverent tone to each outfit we pinned. Individual pieces were classic, timeless, and high quality, but the styling was unexpected. Casual was paired with formal, elegant with edgy, and menswear with everything. The resulting look was entirely effortless, and "tongue-in-chic". So that's how the French do it.

For a further look behind-the-scenes of this fashion show, check out Courtney Bowman's blog, Bridge City Fashion. Below are some photos from the mini-shoot we did between segments and some backstage photos taken by Nicole Romanoff.

Clothing provided by Tonic (122 2nd Avenue North, 802B Broadway Avenue or online at Farminista.com) and local designer Laurie Brown. Click the runway photos above for details on each look.

Stylists: Nicole Romanoff & Jennifer Machnee

Hair: Tina Monz

Makeup: Brooke Hook

photos by Mark Tiu PhotographyM Steigman and Nicole Romanoff.

credit: M Steigman

credit: M Steigman

credit: M Steigman

Thursday Three: Aug 30

Thursday Three: Aug 30

Friday Favorites: Festival Fashion

Friday Favorites: Festival Fashion