La Party Fantastique fashion show lets creativity shine

It’s an opportunity to show off your inner-weirdness without any judging minds at a fashion show in Penticton for a good cause.

It’s an opportunity to show off your inner-weirdness without any judging minds.

“We like a little weird. I want people to feel free to experiment with what they are going to wear,” said Marissa Fox, who is the stylist behind an upcoming fundraising funky fashion show.

La Party Fantastique is an outlandish fashion show that will feature a wearable art parade, out-of-this world decorations and an opportunity to help the South Okanagan Victim Assistance Society and Penticton Art Gallery.

“We had wanted to do a wearable art thing for awhile and do something that isn’t as much traditional fashion. We liked the idea of not just using clothes off the rack but building things and making it a bit different. As well the community aspect of helping out these groups,” said La Party Fantastique stylist Marissa Fox.

The show will be held at the Centre for Excellence at Okanagan College on July 26, which Fox has plans to use its unique space to its fullest.

“It is such a good space as it is. The demo lab is really raw with all the plywood and big sliding garage door. We really liked how it looks and don’t want to strip away anything from that. It will be eclectic and fits with what the models will be wearing,” said Fox.

The event runs from 8 p.m. to midnight and, besides the fashion show itself, it will feature a DJ and music from a local band consisting of Tavis Weir, Lucas Penner and a few others. Food trucks will also be at the event to feed the crowds.

“For the most part we just really want it to be a great party,” said Fox. “It is an opportunity for people to get dressed out, enjoy the fashion show and dance. It is a really good time for people who have those pieces in their closet that they never know when to wear them to bust them out.”

The clothing is being provided from Tiger Alley in Penticton, which sells custom T-shirts and new and used apparel. Stylists from Heiress Salon and Boutique will be coming up with funky hairstyles for the 20 models.

“It is a mix of contemporary and vintage. Everything is predominately used and then all the headdresses were specifically made for the show,” said Tiger Alley owner Jordan Keij. “We try and find pieces that are really unique, high quality, brand name to bring an interesting shopping experience for people.”

Keij created all the elaborate head dresses herself.

“There is a lot of glue gun burns on me,” she joked. “It was a fun project though. It looks interesting and I think representative of a lot of things around the city.”

Local artists have been invited to submit ideas for wearable art pieces to be included in the fashion parade. Their one-off creative works will be available for sale on the night, with 10 per cent going to the fundraising cause. Contributing artists will retain 90 per cent of their sale. Limited positions for artists are available; anyone considering submitting a wearable art piece should apply via the website as soon as possible at

Anyone interested in supporting this event should contact the organizers via the event website Doors will open at 8 p.m. on July 26. Tickets are $40 general admission and $60 for VIP and must be bought in advance.  They are on sale on the event website or in person at Heiress Salon & Boutique, Tiger Alley and Cowork Penticton.

Just Posted

The City of Penticton is beginning plans to revitalize its north entrance on Highway 97. (Jesse Day - Western News)
Penticton reviewing ideas on how to make the city’s north gateway more vibrant

The city has plans to redevelop the area into a welcoming and attractive entrance

People decided to tag Skaha Bluffs rocks which the Ministry has to go in and now clean up. (Facebook)
Bluffs at popular Penticton rock climbing park defaced

Ministry of Environment is going to clean it up

A portion of the Kettle Valley Railway Trail near Naramata will be closed temporarily for upgrade work, including paving. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)
Upgrades plannned for trail near Naramata

Surface improvement work will mean temporary trail closure

Okanagan Lake (File photo)
Thompson-Okanagan ready to welcome back tourists

The Thompson-Okanagan Tourism Association expects this summer to be a busy one

Skaha Bluffs climbing spots. (Monique Tamminga)
New parking lot and picnic area coming to Penticton’s Skaha Bluffs

The city will turn the access point at Crow Place into a parking and picnic area

Maxwell Johnson is seen in Bella Bella, B.C., in an undated photo. The Indigenous man from British Columbia has filed complaints with the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal and the Canadian Human Rights Commission after he and his granddaughter were handcuffed when they tried to open a bank account. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Heiltsuk Nation, Damien Gillis, *MANDATORY CREDIT*
VIDEO: Chiefs join human rights case of Indigenous man handcuffed by police in B.C. bank

Maxwell Johnson said he wants change, not just words, from Vancouver police

Tk’emlups te Secwepemc Chief Rosanne Casimir stands outside the former Kamloops Indian Residential School after speaking to reporters, in Kamloops, B.C., on Friday, June 4, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Kamloops chief says more unmarked graves will be found across Canada

Chief Rosanne Casimir told a virtual news conference the nation expects to release a report at the end of June

Vernon Courthouse. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
Sentencing delayed in North Okanagan child pornography case

Man who pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography will have new sentence date fixed next week

A woman wears a vaccinated sticker after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic run by Vancouver Coastal Health, in Richmond, B.C., Saturday, April 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
B.C. ranks among highest in world in COVID-19 first-dose shots: health officials

More than 76% of eligible people have received their 1st shot

A screenshot of the First Peoples Cultural Councils First Peoples’ Map. (First Peoples Cultural Council)
Online resource blends B.C.-Alberta’s Indigenous languages, art and culture

Advisor says initiative supports the urgent need to preserve Indigenous languages

An artists conception of the new terminal building at the Pitt Meadows Regional Airport.
Air travel taking off in B.C., but lack of traffic controllers a sky-high concern

There will be demand for more air traffic controllers: Miller

Canadian Armed Forces experts are on their way to North Vancouver after a local homeowner expressed worry about a military artifact he recently purchased. (Twitter DNV Fire and Rescue)
Military called in to deal with antique ‘shell’ at North Vancouver home

‘The person somehow purchased a bombshell innocently believing it was an out-of-commission military artifact’

Phil McLachlan/(Black Press Media
Man shot at Kamloops shopping centre

The man is believed to be in stable condition

Most Read