Designer Rad Hourani to headline Calgary fashion event ParkShow

A vacant warehouse in Inglewood is set to transform into a fashion runway and space to celebrate Canadian designers for this year’s ParkShow next month.

This year’s event will be even bigger with three days of showcasing talent from across the country in two runway shows, receptions, food and cocktail experiences and a market that will be open to the public – no ticket necessary.

Different designers will be featured over the two nights, with Rad Hourani as the headlining designer. Hourani, a designer, artist and photographer, created his first Unisex collection in 2007, launching the eponymous brand at that time. His photos have appeared in galleries around the world.

He will be joined by Winnipeg-based designer and painter Lennard Taylor, Calgary-based jewelry designer Kate Hewko, Sage Wosminity, a 17-year-old based in Regina who was the youngest designer to show at Canadian fashion week when just 15, along with lifestyle brand Suka clothing, Gypsy Soul designs and more.

Known for its unique venues – last year, it was held in an empty space next to Nordstrom and the year prior a part of  the Chinook Centre parkade was transformed – ParkShow has chosen a yellow warehouse (1390 – 17th Ave. S.E.) to serve as the blank canvas for the event.

The space will be completely transformed for ParkShow, which kicks off May 26 and runs until the 28th.

Among the changes this year is the addition of the market, which will allow Calgarians to purchase pieces from local designers before, during and after the two runway shows. This market will also be open to the public throughout the weekend, from noon to 5 p.m.

There will also be a special showcase on the Friday evening, celebrating the 30th anniversary of Mode Models.

The full program will be released at the end of April. For more information about the event and tickets, check out

Gwendolyn Richards is a Calgary-based food and lifestyles writer and the author of Pucker: A Cookbook for Citrus Lovers. She regularly contributes to Avenue magazine, the Calgary Herald and is the restaurant writer for Where Calgary. She loves a good fashion show, even if here own tastes tend more toward retro than modern.