There was a group showing of fashions close to home on Feb. 22. One Alaskan and several Yukon designers showcased their talents at the evening round-up of the Business Without Borders conference held at the Westmark Whitehorse.

Local models promenaded in a tea-room style fashion show in the banquet room of the hotel. The audience was enthusiastic with some audience members modelling.

Megan Waterman, from Dawson City, presented her Louse-town Laundry label of high-end fleece separates trimmed in lynx fur. Warm textures and earthy hues evoked comfort and style. Her new line of roomy Anorak jackets were light-weight, cut for layering and perfect for mushing. These jackets were a big hit and I heard Waterman sold two before she returned to Dawson City.

Leather samples from the SKINZ collection were shown, including moose hide and seal skin jackets and cowhide bustier and halters.

Susan Bakers’ Making Tracks fleece items made a warm and fuzzy presentation. Models wrapped themselves in mitts, hats, scarves, face warmers and headbands in a colourful display of funky fashionable fleece.

Adila Low, from Teslin, demonstrated her talents in a wonderful display of Yukon fur garments. Red fox and lynx fur hats were followed by poofy, lynx ear-muffs and stuffed lynx-fur “bears”. Audience members frequently stopped the models to admire the products.

Alaskan designer Allison Wild presented her high Arctic designs through her label Apocalypse Designs. These were amazing parkas, complete with fleece lined pockets, welted seam construction and detachable wolf and wolverine fur ruffs. The warmth, weight and construction of these parkas were beautiful to see and awesome to try on. Check them out at: www.akgear.com.

Porter Creek Secondary School Student Designers also presented their garments in their first public show. Student Designers presented a range of garment styles including barely there shift dresses, a quilted jacket, a collection of slinky disco halters, sophisticated skirts and classic tops. The students did a great job in designing, creating and, in some cases, modeling their garments. Way to go ladies.

Lea-Ann Dorval, well known to many Yukoners as a multi talented artist, designer and cook, presented a stunning collection of shift dresses and separates in romantic hues and soft jewel tones. The layering of sheer fabric was perfectly combined with weightier fabric construction for a unique and attractive combination. Nicely done.