A trend popular in fashion-centric cities is being tested out in Penticton this weekend.
The worlds of fashion, interior design, custom homes, food and wine will collide at Fashion Meets Architecture on the Bench, or FAB, on Saturday. Two shows featuring exquisite fashion from Vintage & Vogue will happen in a stunning custom built home by Barnett Construction on the Naramata Bench. Award-winning wines from Lake Breeze Winery will be available and tapas from Salty’s Beach House.
“In bigger centres like Toronto, New York and Los Angeles this is getting more popular, with a house being shown in collaboration with fashion. I think people are looking for interesting and different events to go to so and this is a new twist,” said Maria Nordlund, an interior designer who also will be showcasing her work at FAB.
The event also opens the doors to a wider group of people who may not have attended a fashion show or toured a custom built home.
“It is kind of neat that way because if it was just a fashion show it would be mostly women. With this, because there is also a brand new custom designed house with beautiful architecture, men are coming because they are interested in seeing the house and the new technology that has been put into it,” said Nordlund.
The house is located on Lower Bench Road and is a family home with sweeping open spaces, a big kitchen and was designed specifically for the homeowners, whom Nordlund said are all about entertaining guests and get-togethers.
“That was my inspiration,” said Kerry Younie, owner of Vintage & Vogue. “So all the clothes would be what you would wear to a cocktail party, pool party or while entertaining guest in your home.”
Tickets to FAB are $75 or $125 for VIP seats, with all proceeds benefiting the South Okanagan Children’s Charity. An added perk that attendees to FAB receive is a messenger-style tote bag filled with swag.
“It is full of different items contributed by the different builders involved with the house. The bag value alone is worth $75, so on top of the wine, food and house tour it is a great deal for tickets,” said Nordlund.
Two shows are scheduled at 2 and 6 p.m. but Nordlund said the afternoon show is almost sold out. Tickets can be purchased at Vintage & Vogue or Adhoc. For more information call 250-488-4448.