Start rooting through the closet for that little black dress, iron out that collared shirt and dust off the stilettos/dress shoes. Atlantic Fashion Week is just around the corner.
Models and fashionistas from across the Maritimes will unite once more to enjoy a week of catwalks and couture in Halifax from Oct. 2 to 8. The showcase will highlight local pros and up-and-coming artists who dare to illuminate their creativity on fabric. For Angela Campagnoni, founder and executive director of Atlantic Fashion Week, the work of the designers — right down to hair and makeup — is something to marvel over.
“This will be one of our strongest years to date with a tremendous lineup of designers,” said Campagnoni. Originally hailing from Toronto and raised in Nova Scotia, Campagnoni started modelling as a teen and eventually went on to take costume studies at Dalhousie University.
With almost 30 years of experience as a designer and production engineer, Campagnoni decided it was time to step back from the spotlight and follow another calling: industry growth and development.
“I left design with the idea to take these multitude of life experiences and put them into a bigger focus on industry growth and development,” she said.
And so, Atlantic Fashion Week was born. Entering its 11th season, Atlantic Fashion Week doesn’t come up short on showcasing the glitz and glamour of what Atlantic designers have to offer to the fashion industry.
Five showcases will be the highlight of the week, with the first showcase being held at The Dome on Argyle Street kicking off the week’s events with designers Orphanage, Veronica MacIsaac and Artifacts World clothing lines ready to start the week-long fashion party.
About 65 per cent of the designers are Halifax-based, with other artists from across the Maritime provinces. Other showcases will be hosted at Casino Nova Scotia and will include children’s wear and eco-friendly clothing and ready-to-wear attire. Campagnoni says there is something for everyone during the week and has something special in store for the 11th season.
“I am really excited to announce the launch of the Fashion Agency for Design and Development (FADD) by presenting this season’s Atlantic Fashion Week,” she said.
“FADD offers fashion and design producers and organizations, educational programming, marketing opportunities, etc.,” said Champagnoni . “It represents all creative aspects of fashion including, clothing, jewelry and accessory design, production, event management, modelling, fashion photography, illustration and more.”
Campagnoni also said special guests will also be making appearances.
“We will be hosting special guest fashion buyers from Toronto and are happy to welcome back Lisa Drader-Murphy to the lineup, who is celebrating 20 years of success in the fashion industry.”
Drader-Murphy will be pulling lines from her previous collections, 20 years’ worth of fashion gold, at the gala. Because of the numerous showcases, Campagnoni says about 55 models, male and female, walk the catwalk each night.
The week will end with a gala at Mercedes Benz on Kempt Road, where models will strut their stuff one last time to close Atlantic Fashion Week.
After the wrap of Atlantic Fashion Week, the fun doesn’t stop there for Champagnoni.
“We are going to be seeing so much more over the next year as development continues; that everyday has something else happening to be excited for,” says Champagnoni.