Style Dossier :: March 13

Edmonton Fashion News

BIG, big news for Edmonton fashion designers! Mercedes-Benz Start-Up is a national program to nurture Canada’s next generation of fashion designers. They are scouting designers in Edmonton. Up for grabs is the opportunity to show their collections as part of the official schedule of World MasterCard Fashion Week in Toronto. Plus, the winner will receive an editorial spread in FASHION, mentorship from industry experts and huge media exposure.  Designers are encouraged to apply (by March 16!) for the opportunity to attend the semi-final event. For designers in Western Canada, the event takes place right here in E-D-M-O-N-T-O-N on April 16 & 17. An incredible opportunity for Edmonton to flaunt its designer talents.

In case you missed the announcement: J. Crew will be opening at West Edmonton Mall (this spring!) The 5,657-square-foot store will be located on level two between Banana Republic and H&M.

Edmonton Fashion Happenings

Local boutique My Filosophy (home of Joeffer Caoc &Hanky Panky) is celebrating its five-year anniversary with a party! Special guests jewelry designer, Joanna Bisley, and Kairos Handbag designer, Gail Conzatti, join the merriment. You can expect great fashion, promotions and yummy food. Save the date: Saturday, March 24.

The latest installment of the Refinery Late Night Art Party gives a fashionable nod to our grandmothers. Sewing the Heartland reminds us of the lives fashioned one stitch at a time. Event takes place on March 24; tickets are already sold out.

Mark your calendars: Western Canada Fashion Week Spring/Summer Collections 2012 will take place Thursday, March 29 to Thursday, April 5. Susanna put together a nice guide to Fashion Week.

Blogger Dress Me Dearly has partnered with Black & Bold to host a shopping party. Meet Janis (the talent behind the blog), and get styled while socializing with other fashion lovers. Plus, there’s a sweet deal: Buy 1 item, get the 2nd item 50% off. Mark your calendar for Saturday, April 14.

Promotions & Sales

Who Cares? Wear is having a blowout sale with 70% off all sale clothing, dresses, jackets and select shoes. Go quickly as the sale lasts just 4 days – March 15-28.

Sad News

The fashionable interior-decorating store, Posh at Home, closed its doors at the end of February. Owner Som Sourachit will open a boutique office focused on interior design.

Not exactly style related... but equally important: Chocolate. Kerstin’s Chocolates will be closing its retail doors on April 14, 2012. Chocolate will be going on sale 15-40% off. And, then it’s time for a new chocolate journey.

* Top image via Long Distance Loving; bottom image spotted on a pair & a spare.