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Fashion Mogul Peter Nygård lets his Mother Bask in the Glow on the Runway
Winnipeg Free Press 


Fashion mogul Peter Nygård lets his mother bask in the glow on the runway


Sporting a black tux with hints of a soft pink vest shimmering underneath, fashion mogul Peter J. Nygård put his cake on hold to pose for snapshots for his company’s photo team last weekend at the Winnipeg Convention Centre.


Although he only rolled through town to give glammed-up Winnipeggers a glimpse of his fall/winter and holiday collection, Nygård wasn’t the only one who stole the spotlight at his label’s inaugural Pink and White Charity Ball that raised $550,000 in support of breast cancer research.


That award goes to his mother, Hilkka Nygård.


PJN & Mom


Peter Nygård gives his mother, Hilkka, a birthday hug


The 83-year-old breast cancer survivor celebrated her birthday two days earlier by strolling down the catwalk dressed to the nines in a sparkly pink dress, glittering tiara and carrying a bouquet of pink roses to the powerful tune of Carmina Burana.  But before Hilkka could mark the end of the marathon runway collection, hundreds of fellow attendees burst into song and serenaded her with Happy Birthday.


Hilkka admits that she was nervous and isn’t used to attention, but fear not, for her son managed to soak up the rest of the evening’s interest.


While these days Nygård admits he doesn’t get much down time, he says he does spend his free hours honing his beach volleyball skills with the Bahamas national team.  Before Nygård jetted off to Toronto to launch a new 10,000-square-foot store, the designer confessed that he can keep up with the best beach volleyball players and says he’s got no special tricks up his sleeve – just pure energy.


“I don’t know where I get the energy,” he says.


Must be nice.


Cancer survivor


Above, breast cancer survivor Leigh Halprin and Steven Raber take in the event.


As for the show, here are a few things you may have missed.


- Mid-show acrobatics.  What do three women acrobats hanging and spinning from sheets of long fabric from the ceiling have in common with fashion?  Nothing.  But the crow-pleasing act had local celebrities like Ace Burpee wondering if they were going to take a spill into (or on top of) the audience.


- Real models.  Taking a cue from all those Dove advertisements, NYGÅRD managed to incorporate 25 local women from all walks of life, including breast cancer survivors.  Among the list were Mrs. Canada Karen Banfield and MLA Bonnie Korzeniowski.


- Must-haves.  Catch-up on fall’s latest craze with a fabulous feminine gypsy-inspired skirt.  Barefoot models were spotted sporting them for casual and semi-formal attire.