Boom and Friends: Oscars Red Carpet Predictions 2016

Boom and Friends: Oscars Red Carpet Predictions 2016

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, people! It’s Oscar season, a precious moment when the Boom team comes together with our friends to celebrate cinema and red carpets on one fabulous evening. This year, we’ll be spread across the city at star-studded viewing parties (Lori will be checking out Theatre Calgary’s Night with the Stars and CIFF is also throwing a cool shindig) and home-grown gatherings, but we’ll all be watching. While everyone makes their picks for who will take home little gold men, we’ve gathered some guesses on who will win the red carpet. Thanks to all these fashionable folks for participating! Stay tuned to our Twitter, Instagram and Facebook on Oscar Sunday (this Sunday!) to follow along with us, and following the awards to see our top picks for best dressed. Happy Academy-ing you to all. See you Sunday!     My prediction for best dressed at this year’s Oscar’s number one is Cate Blanchett– love her, love her elegance and grace. She has a je ne sais quoi that no one can compete with. Her nomination for best actress for her role in Carol has been pivotal to her career and I guess the only question is… will she wear an Armani Gown or tailor pant suit. Cate has a long standing relationship with the Armani fashion house as she has been the $10 million dollar face of his the fragrance “Si”. I adore her classic beauty and she never disappoints on the red carpet. Second runner up to her will of course be Rooney Mara, Cate’s best supporting actress in Carol with something unexpected and darkly romantic. The unexpected new...
Holiday Fashion for the Gents at Ed Williams Menswear

Holiday Fashion for the Gents at Ed Williams Menswear

As event producers, we hear this a lot: “But I have nothing to wear!” The holidays don’t make it any easier. For many people, the holidays mean condensing a year’s worth of cocktail parties into three weeks. Gentlemen, we feel your pain. Between office parties and family dinners, your wardrobe is currently being put to the test, and above that you’re expected to be ‘festive’. We’re here to help! Or, rather, the friendly and fashionable folk at Ed Williams Menswear in Crowfoot are. Boom President Derek Macdonald acted as our model. We started with the Calgary dude basics – favourite black boots, dark wash jeans, and a white t-shirt. The challenge: find three looks to take us from Christmas dinner to office party to New Year’s Eve party-town. Our guide: Lowell Williams (Ed’s son), a sharply dressed old soul who knows SO MUCH about menswear. To start: Lowell has these tips for menswear:   In most cases the quickest way to date how old a guys clothes are is based on the fit.  Long gone are the boxy “Sienfieldian” shirts and the baggy straight leg dress pants, for the last few years a tailored closer fit has become the standard in men’s wear.  This doesn’t mean that your clothes should look painted on at the sacrifice of one’s comfort.  They should just look like they fit you as if they are made for you, sometimes that means just shopping somewhere with a good tailor who can alter garments to your specifications… Cough cough. In my experience fashion isn’t necessarily atop every man’s list of priorities or interests, as a...
LOOK2015: A Premier Fundraiser for Contemporary Calgary

LOOK2015: A Premier Fundraiser for Contemporary Calgary

On Saturday, Nov. 7,  Contemporary Calgary welcomed 700+ guests into the pink-washed halls of the Centennial Planetarium for their second annual fundraiser, LOOK2015. Contemporary Calgary is seeking to establish Calgary first significant public destination for modern and contemporary art. In their new home, the Centennial Planetarium, they will contribute to Calgary becoming a global city of choice by engaging the public in the art of our times. LOOK2015 is their premier fundraising event, which elegantly and proactively exposes Calgarians to a wide range of modern art and artists, and creates an experience that mimics the on-the-pulse nature of the artistic work it displays. The event captured the attention of Canadian Art, the Calgary Herald, CBC’s Eyeopener and Global News. Boom Goes The Drum was honoured to be part of this spectacular event. Photo credit: Kelly Hofer. As guests strode across the pink carpet and into the planetarium, they were met with a visual smorgasbord. The building, which had sat vacant for years, had been transformed from its cement walls and 90’s colour-theme to a modern, L.A.-chic art party, with incandescent lighting and architectural up-lighting making the entire structure pop with vibrancy. Well-heeled attendees sipped hosted wine and nibbled on palate-pleasing canapés, a la Hotel Arts, while perusing the collection of displayed silent auction art pieces, bidding against one another playfully (and sometimes not-so playfully) from their phones and the provided tablets. As guests moved throughout the space, stunning interactive installations by local artists met the crowds with delicious surprise; Tia Halliday’s “Under the skin of a painting” inspired installations featuring dancers stuck in a web of ever-shifting elastics, and caught beneath ‘canvases’,...
Boom Goes Out: House of Nonie S/S 2016 Debut Presentation

Boom Goes Out: House of Nonie S/S 2016 Debut Presentation

Last Thursday, Oct. 22, Calgary’s fashion crowd sat eagerly within the white walls of Studio 122, waiting for another taste of emerging designer Nina Kharey’s bold, clean designs that are quickly making her brand, House of Nonie, a local (and national) favourite. This is not the first time the BOOM team has touted House of Nonie as one-to-watch; in our coverage of PARKSHOW2015 earlier this spring, we noted that House of Nonie’s display was almost obscured by a perma-crowd of enchanted shoppers gathered in front (of which BOOM was most certainly a part). No that we’re surprised- having been mentored by Barbara Atkin of Holt Renfrew, Nina seems to have a firm grasp on what it takes to stand out amidst the clamor or young artists vying for attention, and her collection speak for itself. Simplistic shapes with bold cuts, minimal and architectural; Nina’s peices, much like the designer herself, seem to evoke a sophisticated yet unpretentious aura. The show itself was an elegant reflection of this aesthetic, taking place in Studio 122’s blank-canvas warehouse space in the SE. To shop House of Nonie’s collections and see what the designer is up to, check out her website:...
Boom Goes Out: Kaleidoscopic Anamalia by Paul Hardy for the Glenbow Museum

Boom Goes Out: Kaleidoscopic Anamalia by Paul Hardy for the Glenbow Museum

On Thursday, October 15, an intimate gathering of masked creatures congregated at the Glenbow Museum to witness the reveal of Paul Hardy‘s exhibit: Kaleidescopic Anamalia, and to celebrate his curatorial debut. Masks depicting animals from all corners of the globe were delivered to attendees in advance, and they certainly rose to the challenge. Truly, it a mascarade to remember. The evening also featured a stunning runway show and auction. Paul Hardy is the Glenbow Museum’s Artist in Residence. Glenbow’s In Residence program invites diverse artists from a variety of disciplines to interact with the museum’s exhibitions and collections and then create a new work based on their discoveries. Past In Residence artists have included Kris Demeanor, Shane Koyczan, Kent Monkman and Corb Lund. READ: Paul Hardy tackles the Museum Experience, Calgary Herald  The exhibit is a true victory – it includes original designs creating specifically for the exhibition clearly demonstrating Paul Hardy’s signature point of view as well as artifacts and artworks from Glenbow’s vaults that have rarely been exhibited. His inspiration comes from our relationship with animals – across time, language, and culture. “Kaleidoscopic Animalia is an exhibition that taps into current interests in fashion, design and visual culture while exploring big ideas about human creativity, cultural values and the universal interest in animals as art, fashion and culture.” Learn more about the exhibit and its upcoming events via Glenbow Museum. The exhibit will be open until May 22, 2016.     #paulhardy at @glenbowmuseum   The big bad wolf… #paulhardy #fashionshow #fashion #style #design #masquerade A photo posted by Shaun Ford & Co (@shaunfordandco) on Oct 15, 2015 at...
How to do Bridal Expo like a Wedding Planner

How to do Bridal Expo like a Wedding Planner

Every September the Calgary Bridal Expo provides an opportunity for Brides-to-be to take in all the best that the wedding industry has to offer. Over 150 of Alberta’s leading wedding industry professionals descend on the BMO center for one afternoon. This is like a dream scenario for anyone that has just undertaken the task of planning a wedding. Having all that the province has to offer under one roof is a great opportunity to not only see what is out there but also it’s a chance to meet the people who will be responsible for helping you make your dream wedding a reality. I like to think of it as speed dating your suppliers. There are a couple of ways to do the show. The first being to simply take it all in and feel inspired by immersing yourself in all the beautiful possibilities. But if you are Type-A, like me, you probably have a very specific list of what you need to accomplish in those few short hours (and believe me, you can get A LOT accomplished). So it is to you, the task oriented go-get-‘em types like me, that I present my tips on how to do Bridal Expo like a wedding planner: Game plan Having a game plan makes all the difference. I like to call it planning to plan. I suggest determining your objectives for the day, ie., Getting options for invites, taste the dessert samples to narrow down your choices or even meet the planners the you have been snooping on the internet. Whatever your list is, come prepared to knock things off of...