It's always fantastic when Winnipeggers embrace the snow and ice that surrounds us for the better part of year. Sure this winter has been a bit of an exception -- and I am quite certain every single person, regardless of how much you claim to like the cold, has had quite enough -- but it hasn't stopped some resilient fashionistas who have taken embracing the winter to a whole other level.
Fashion on Ice is slated to take centre stage along The Forks river trail on Sunday afternoon in celebration of the 45th anniversary of Festival du Voyageur.
"The team at festival was really interested in incorporating a fashion show into their events this year. When it came to location, we couldn't help but think outdoor. It suits the vibe of festival, and we chose daytime in order to best make use of light and the gorgeous, snowy landscape at The Forks," says fashion show co-organizer Abigail Myers.
Dressing fashionably when the mercury dips well below an acceptable freezing point can be a challenge. You don't want to opt for anything too lightweight for fear of getting frostbite and you don't really want to bulk up for fear of looking like the Michelin Man.
Fashion on Ice aims to find the happy balance between fashionable and functional by featuring more stylish outerwear and footwear from brands such as Canada Goose and Sorel, as well as custom creations by local designers.
"Even in winter, dressing fashionably is possible," says co-organizer Lili Lavak. "The public will see examples of dressing fashionably for the Winnipeg weather by mixing, matching and layering to keep warm."
Among the 12 local designers are garments by Cree-Ations, Culture Confidential, Voila, Mizz Miller, Lennard Taylor, Champagne Dream Design House, Dugas-Lavack, Kelly Ruth Wearable, Never Again Creations and Experimental Designs.
"We understand the closest of real people are a mix of new and old pieces, and that layering and creativity are large parts of dressing well in the winter. The looks we will be showcasing reflect this, as they will be weaving together pieces from retailers, our talented local fashion community and natural materials that have been used for this purpose for hundreds of years," says Myers.
Fashion on Ice takes place on Sunday at 3 p.m. along The Forks river trail and admission is free. Just be sure to bundle up in your own fashionable way because it's likely to be a cold one.
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