Edmonton Natural Hair - Fashion Show


While waiting for my coffee to brew, I was catching up on the latest bit packets dodging each other through what’s now known as our world wide web.  Today I learned two things, actually 3, but any news story that has Kanye West in it, just doesn’t count.  One where a Girl was snowboarding, all the while being chased by a bear.  This is currently under the guise “real or fake”.  You have to look that up to judge for yourself.  

The other was Pizza.  Well hang on a minute, you have to stay tuned in and read the rest of the story to see where this is going.  You’re probably thinking, Milan or Sicily.  Even San Francisco.  No, Edmonton.  Yes, Edmonton.  So what’s wrong with Edmonton?  Well if your Flames fan, everything.  But if you were born at the Royal Alexandra hospital, then Edmonton is still your City of Champions.  Conde Nast Traveller magazine decided on a reader’s choice for the world’s finest family feast and Edmonton was the topping of choice.  Who knew, Congrats Edmonton!

Seeing as though My good friend Sher Khan and I love Pizza, we decided to take the 3 hour drive and see what all the fuss was about?  Actually, that news story broke this morning, so we actually went to Natural hair show instead.  

So, Osas Eweka approached me at the African fashion week and asked if I would like to be a part of their first annual natural hair show.  As an Organizer, I am sure Osas had too many things going on in her mind to worry about a couple of photographers showing up.  

Seeing as though everyone now is an IPhone photographer, it’s difficult to choose which one is better than the other.  Simply put, IPhone or Samsung Cameras do not compare in any direction to a Full Frame Canon.  So with our Cameras fully locked and loaded , we set about to capture moments in time.  We really had no idea what to expect.  So with our bursts of light we charged into the halls.  Hopefully will bring everyone together, even for a brief second or two.

I am the kind of person that likes to sit back, hide behind my lens and watch the world go by.  Whereas Sher Khan likes to mingle.  He is the kind of guy you want at parties as he is not afraid to introduce himself and is quite happy galloping.  I did however meet two amateur photographers, Tope and Vanessa.  I had to have a quick chat, mainly to see what equipment they were using and also I wanted to make sure that they were shooting in Manual.  Well, if you’re using a DSLR, you don’t shoot in Auto.  The event was big, well timed and very talented.  The booths were busy, the food line was long and the cup-cakes, well I hassled a young child for directions to these delights, let me tell you.....  To die for.

For the first show that Osas and her colleagues created, they certainly deserve top marks for a job well done.  As far as the Pizza, will leave that to you guys to decide.  

Heath Cox  Editor  Intouch.news


Western Canada Fashion Week - Designerz Den by Esha

FairyTales & Legends Holt Renfrew Fashion Gala

Calgary’s finest were in full force last night dressed to thrill and chill with the Calgary Philharmonics fundraising fashion drama, Fairy tales and legends. The chefs and bartenders had there work cut out for them, as the 1 percenters descended on their culinary arts making sure they were getting their money's worth.
With wine and oysters the socialites set about the evening with banter and tales of intrigue. No talk about oil or stock markets here. This was a lights camera action affair with some of Canada's top models.  
The Philharmonics strings pushed aside small talk, caressing there violins, the crowd was now eager to await the latest and greatest. Walking down the runway, With a Chiseled jaw and a black tuxedo the show had begun. This was not a show for the faint of heart.
Facebook, Instagram and snap~chat had to work overtime to capture every moment.  The who's who crowd in full Jaeger- LeCoultre and Versace battle dress wooed the coming attractions with the excitement of a snowy Christmas Eve.
This year Santa would not disappoint. As tawny eyes and see-thru dresses sailed along the Black Sea, ever watchful were the crows at each table casting spells on guests.  
A wolf, had joined this catwalk, never before seen at any fashion gala until now.  So as the model sashayed with the grey beast in her grip, patrons held out strange trusting hands in hope of not losing a finger, to a rather timid and sensual being.  
As the show continued, there was no mistaking the class of these models. The boy~girl mix was perfect, however, one fellow garnished in pleather and red, dawned a brown bomber hat, a success?  Well in the name of fashion, this worked.  
The top of this fruit cake was a cherry only available to those with the approval of a coveted Platinum black American Express. 

Opulent auctions that embellished patrons with spa days and wine fueled weekends, were furnished with offers that only the likes of the Lauren's or Lagerfeld's would understand.  Either way,  to the ruling class, Champagne is merely a tease to get the carnal senses working.
The after party was a perfect ending to the uptown's 4ish day week.  However, Some would advocate spendthrift was not on the night's vocabulary.

This is a editorial jest.  Please don't take it literally, we enjoyed the show and look forward to next year


Holt Renfrew
Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO)

Heath Cox      Editor intouch.news