Fashion fused with food and fun 

Cornucopia offers up brand new Asian-inspired event, pairing fashion with wine and food festival fun


What: Chopstix, Turntables 'n' Lace

When: Saturday, Nov. 14, 9 p.m.

Where: Longhorn Saloon

Cost: $50

Textiles are often forgotten in the artistic world, but two local fashion designers have been toiling away behind the scenes, creating pieces of wearable art for Sea to Sky residents and visitors.

Both graduates of the fashion program at George Brown College, sisters Angela and Lara Cooney decided to team up and start their own line, Clothes Minded Apparel and Design, a few years ago. Based out of their home studio in Squamish, they produce functional, fashionable pieces for real people, and are as environmentally friendly as possible in the process, using recycled fabrics and materials in all of their items.

Anyone from the Whistler area would recognize their signature funky legwarmers made from old sweaters. But many people have no concept of the amount of time and energy that goes into a project that is as seemingly simple as legwarmers.

"It's a little bit frustrating because I know that its recycled sweaters, cut up and then sewn back together - I'm not hiding that - and it's frustrating when you get women who have figured it out: 'oh, don't buy those, Marge! They're $45 - I'll make those for ya!'" Lara sighed.

"...It makes a hell of a mess, it takes a lot of time to do - you'd be amazed at how much time it actually takes to do - and it's $5 per sweater, at least."

For the past two summers, they've hosted the Legs, Leather and Lace fashion show at the FireRock Lounge.

"We wanted to have fun, we wanted the models to have fun, and we wanted everyone to know we were going to have fun, and that was it! It was a good time," Lara said.

This time around, with all the excitement and extravagance that comes along with the Cornucopia crowd, they're taking things to another level, hosting a special Asian-inspired show at a transformed Longhorn Saloon. The sisters will be showcasing their evening wear and lingerie alongside the designs of Vancouver's Shea O'Connor. Attendees will also sip and sample Asian-inspired cocktails and canap├ęs, of course, while a DJ will provide the tunes to get the models sashaying and swaying down the runway.

The party promises to be one of the most exciting new events on a roster chock full of parties for Cornucopia 2009, one that will cater to a young, hip and local crowd, specifically.

"There's going to be a little bit of an Asian flair to things," Lara hinted.

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