It's this time of the year movie-lovers and party fans alike were waiting for - the Calgary International Film Festival 2011.
Last Thursday, on September 22nd, all CIFF fans as well as invited guests had a chance to gather together for the Opening Gala. The evening begun in front of the globe Cinema when the red carpet entrance opens for the world premiere screening of Donovan's Echo (Jim Cliffe, 2011). The film presented wonderful story of Donovan (Danny Glover) - a man that has deja vu or premonitions from his past that echo in the future. Although personally really like this thriller - I've heard different comments-not always the best one - about it. Well, we all have various taste and different expectations.

Following the movie was the gala, where one of presenting sponsors - Moet & Chandon invited all guests with its tasty bubbles and those, who felt little bit hungry - could satisfied their stomach trying the edibles provided by Calgary's food trucks. The Eight Avenue Place looked really nice filled with very fashionable people. Big Thank You words to the CIFF organizers as well as all the sponsors, including Citytv & Fashion Magazine for putting together such a great event!!!
We all are looking forward to see more screenings and don't forget to get your tickets for Alberta Premiere of Take this Waltz (Sarah Polley) - which close the Calgary International Film Festival on October 1st, 2011.

Ania Basak (ABStyle) with one of the Shift models

With Ania B.-beautiful model and well-known blogger in Calgary

Fashion Calgary Team

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For those whose summer vacations are coming to end, or for those who are still longing for some adventure,

the 12th annual Calgary International Film Festival (CIFF) could be just the remedy. Screening over

200 multi-genre films from more than 100 countries, CIFF offers the opportunity to explore diverse cultures,

moods and ideas -- all without the bad airplane food or the racked up visa bill. The Festival will be taking place

from September 23 – October 2, 2011.

For more information & tickets , please visit CIFF official website


Dinner & Fashion Show

  • Wednesday, September 28, 2011 • 7:00pm
  • Hosted by Tara Somers
  • 403.283-5553
  • Osteria De Medici Restaurant

Tickets are $80/person - include an exquisite 3-course Italian meal, a glass of wine, fall fashion show by Zenobia, the new Elie Saab fragrance sample and a gift pack with $25 gift certificate from Edges Salon&Spa!!!
Please RVSP as the space is limited!!
Call 403. 283.5553 or email:


We all know and recognize the actors, but who are the people behind the scenes that make those actors look and sound good?
Cut!!Costume and the Cinema celebrates artistic skill involved in costume and sound design. Starring local costume designer - Deitra Kalyn and sounds designer -
Beau Shiminsky, this evening will keep all your senses enthralled with film-inspired cocktails and appetizers by Julie Van Rosendaal and music by DJ Matt Bayliff!! You don't want to miss that event!!!

Start 7.00 p.m
Tickets $25/Members $20
Call 403.268.4110 for tickets
Event will feature a cash bar

FABRICATED - Calgary's High Profile Fashion Event - Spring/Summer 2012

What a great fashion night we had in Calgary last week, called Fabricated. For those who didn't have chance to hear about it earlier it is a high profile fashion event focused on the presentation of Calgary's fashion designers in a high end, artistic and creative manner.
Fabricated was found by Calgary designer, Brook Fung, who's desire was to have grass roots fashion event that caters to, and works for the local designers. Brook's experience stems from designing and showcasing her own fashion line - Peeko Apparel - located now in San Francisco. After she left, her role was taken by Fabricated's new directors - Len Mastaler (owner of model agency - I Model Management) & BR (fashion stylist).
The purpose of Fabricated is to bridge a gap between designers who are early in their careers and the decision makers/buyers for Calgary's top boutiques and retailers. The show also highlights new collections from the cities better known and established designers, as well as local retailers looking for added exposure.
This Fall, all audience was walking the red carpet and networking at one of the calgary's hottest new Asian restaurant - Ubu Lounge (www., followed by great fashion show at the Theatre Junction GRAND. We could see models showing collections from local retailers - Mealan, Empire Collection as well as local designers - Holly Allen Designs&ChiChi Couture, milano, Chantel Traub and N.R.T. Fashions.
Big congratulations to the organizers and all staff and volunteers who put such an amazing fashion event!!


Calgary Collects

Friday, September 9, 2011 to Saturday, 28, 2011

The Art Gallery of Calgary is proud to announce its fall exhibition, “Calgary Collects” , showcasing a unique examination of the practice of art collecting in Calgary. Calgary Collects focuses primarily on modern contemporary art by emerging and established Canadian and international artists, revealing the diverse characteristics of art collections among private and corporate collectors. Exhibited in a traditional salon-style format, this exhibition situates key figures in Canadian Art from the post war period to contemporary artists working today within the greater context of art history.

Calgary Collects will also illuminate works of art collected by artists, gallery directors, art dealers and curators, allowing audiences to access “artists’ artists” and explore the distinct character of Calgary’s art community. This exhibition presents insights into the central figures which shape and contribute to the local arts scene; it celebrates their passion to collect and display art in the modern context.

Calgary Collects opens Friday, September 9, 2011 and runs until Saturday, January 28, 2012.


Last March I had a chance to be a part of this project - Marie Antoinette style inspired photoshoot. Together with group of wedding professionals, including amazing photographer & dear friend - Tara Whittaker and great florist - Sarah Mayerson - we wanted to bring our "Marie" to life. If you are a Bride looking for ideas for your French - inspired wedding -
you have to check this out!!!
You can also see the results of out collaboration in Weddings in Alberta featuring it both on their website and in the September issue of their magazine. Make sure you pick up your copy soon!!!

Shoot Concept & Design: Tara Whittaker and Carol Whittaker
Photography: Tara Whittaker Photography
Florals: Sarah Mayerson
Make-up Artist: Ania Basak ABStyle
Model: Ania Basak
Gown: Freya by Vera Wang from Evalina Couture
Shoes: Christian Louboutin
Venue: Endeavor Arts
Cake: Cakeworks
Ghost chairs: Thanks to Dustin from OneWest Event Design and Rentals
Linens and Tableware : Thanks to Catherine Zobrist at Great Events Group
Paper products: Nicole Westerlund
Hair stylist: Tara of Hue Hair Salon + Eco Boutiq


FABRICATED, one of Calgary’s most talked about and well-attended fashion events of 2011 is back featuring more local designers, retailers and surprises. Returning to the exquisite Theatre Junction GRAND, FABRICATED audiences will begin the evening by walking the red carpet and sipping cocktails at Calgary's hottest new Asian avant grade restaurant, Ubu Lounge (, followed by shopping in the marketplace, until they are seated in the main theatre for
the FABRICATED S/S '12 fashion/stage show.

Models from I Model Managements will show collections from local talents like Holly Allen Designs, milano, Chantel Traub, and N.R.T. Fashions and retailers Mealan and Empire Collection. “This year’s show bridges the avant-garde with approachable street style, and with a few theatrical surprises,” says Len Mastaler, Co-director and
President of I Model Management.

Last year’s show (the first of its kind) sold out well in advance of the event and this year tickets are now on sale online at and at Theatre Junction GRAND’s box office. A limited number of seated tickets are available for $40.00, with standing tickets for $25.00.

All FABRICATED guests will also be invited to the official after-party at Wurst Restaurant and Beer Hall (2437 4th Street SW).

Doors to FABRICATED red carpet event open at 8:00pm with the show starting at 9:00pm. For more information visit

Ready, Set, Get FABRICATED!