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Shoppers were dressed in holiday style and in the air there was a definite feeling of Christmas, as the CORE hosted the second annual 'Twas the Night private after-hours shopping extravaganza.
As savvy shoppers tracked down exclusive one-night offers, fashionistas vogued it up on the red carpet. Good-natured paparazzi caught every glamorous turn and pose. Even the annual lighting of the spectacular 45' Christmas tree got the full Hollywood treatment, compliments of a display of theatrical indoor fireworks.
Members of the Alberta Ballet drew an adoring crowd as they performed excerpts from The Nutcracker. Hearts could be heard swooning on each level of the CORE. "They are so beautiful," sighed one bewitched observer, clutching a bejewelled purse to her heart. "I could watch them all night."
The sounds of Christmas rang in every corner of the decked-out downtown mall, from the sweet pure voices of the Calgary Boys Choir, to the funky vibes of the National Music Centre Synth Jam, to the lively swing of the red-kilted Calgary Fiddlers. DIY music lovers could even try out a pair of busker pianos on the street level.
Perhaps the night's biggest buzz belonged to the unveiling of local designer Paul Hardy's Tweet Dress. Partnering with Tourism Calgary, who collected tweets answering the question "what's in style in Calgary", Hardy created a unique garment that was part fashion statement and part social media experiment. "The tweets have all been infused into the fabric of the dress," he explained. The layered skirt with muted ruffles reflecting mountain ranges, the Smithbilt white cowboy hat, and the leather bustier with a neckline depicting Calgary's skyline, all made for a playful take on Calgary's identity. "It's a true Calgary creation," declared Tourism Calgary's Gisele Danis.
Fashion, fun, and two great causes. It truly 'twas a stylish night.