Saskatoon Fashion & Design Festival hits another high note with their two-day fall festival weekend October 20th & 21st. Festival activities include two evening runway shows, a two-day business and industry conference along with a weekend Marketplace for individuals to shop the runway pre and post shows. All housed under the swanky Delta Bessborough in downtown Saskatoon the weekend is jam packed with education, art and amazing fashion from local designers and boutiques.
See, Want, Purchase at SFDF Marketplace. No need for runway envy! Most outfits on display by models strutting down the European style catwalk are available for purchase each afternoon in the SFDF Marketplace or at local boutiques found right here in Saskatoon. Filled with vintage furs, eclectic jewelry, beautifully cut designer wears and trendsetting boutique finds – the pop up Marketplace is buzzing all weekend.
Expert talks SFDF Conference. Creating a two-day SFDF Conference that focused on two key areas, Marketing & Business Development and Fashion Industry Development – festival talks and workshops were geared towards entrepreneurs, young professionals, industry newcomers and curious spectators.
'Werk' it SFDF Runway. Never disappointing in the RUNWAY arena, the SFDF fashion filled weekend with a high energy showcase of wearable art, designer wares and curated outfits via local boutiques. Enjoy cocktails with music by In The Mix, while shopping in the SFDF Marketplace, there will also be a GREAT silent auction with all proceeds going toward The Princess Shop. Enter the Adam Ballroom to be wow'd by Pro Plus Production, Mane Productions, tunes by international DJ The Gaff, creative visuals by the lovely Carrie Gates and dance performances by Dance Ink plus special guests Zoe Pravda and Haley Morgan all while taking in Western Canadian Fashion! Withan eclectic mix of spectators, the show highlights Saskatoon's home grown talent and the latest looks from the city's favourite boutiques as well Western Canadian fashion.
Saturday, October 20th - MARKETING AND BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
1:00-2:00pm// Marianne Bell, ICT Manager, College of Medicine Information Systems; Independent Coach, Trainer & Consultant// Realizing Your Dreams by Navigating A Strategic and Purposeful Journey
2:00-3:00pm// Chris Kleiter, Strategy Director at LMNO // Sell More Stuff: How To Best Use Your Marketing Dollars To Grow Your Business
3:00-4:00pm// Aaron Norum / Cody Podhordeski - Small Business Advisors with Conexus Business Solutions - Business Banking In's and Out's For The Small Business Owner And Entrepreneur with Q&A
4:00-5:00pm// Sean Ryan, Community Engagement & Events Office at OUTSaskatoon //Branding OUT of the Box
Sunday, October 21st - INDUSTRY DEVELOPMENT
2:00-3:00pm// Laurie Brown, Designer// Developing And Staying True To Your Own Unique Brand Identity
3:00-4:00pm // Luke Baird & Logan Tanner, Co-founders ELEVEN03 // Creating Culture Through Collaboration
4:00-5:00pm// Park and Buzz // Life, Business and Dreaming Big
Stray Model Management Workshop - Join us for a Model Development Workshop lead by STRAY Model Management's Agency Director and esteemed Professional Runway Coach - Kristina Derrick. Learn the latest trends in runway presentation fundamentals and photo movement techniques for the Fashion Industry. Whether you wish to become a model, or are simply seeking to develop your personal image and self-esteem, this workshop is for you!
Shop local throughout the festival weekend. This collaboration of local artisans is the perfect place to buy the beautiful work of our Canadian based designers. The event features a verity of pop up shops of handmade, custom and designer clothing, accessories, makeup and jewelry all for men, women, and children.
Each year the community is treated to SFDF organized fashion forward and art-centric events and festival weekends that clearly highlight the diverse talents of fashion designers and artists across Saskatchewan and Canada. Having designers come from as far as Toronto, ON. In the past 7 years SFDF has launched and hosted a variety of branded events including trend and style workshops, high-end fashion shows, pop-up shops, industry mixers, fashion art installations and large outdoor fashion features. While the majority of SFDF's shows and programming is free to the public, all profits are reinvested into the organization to build a bigger and stronger platform for local artists and designers to showcase their work.
Recognizing the support of sponsors, suppliers and contributors with each event is vital – without the help of many in the community SFDF could not make their events a reality. Special mention to our SFDF event sponsors for their support and contribution to SFDF's latest festival weekend: Midtown Plaza, Cooperators Wiens Insurance, The Ace Class, Tourism Saskatoon, The Delta Bessborough Hotel, Revamp Salon, Lavish District.