ON THE TOWN
Vancouver Fashion Week gets its mojo back 0
Vancouver Fashion Week hasn’t always been the toast of the town. During the past few years, there’s been some grumbling about disgruntled volunteers, as well as a lack of enthusiasm from traditional media and established designers in this city. But judging by the turnout at last week’s opening gala, VFW is back in the good books of local fashionistas.
The six-day style extravaganza kicked off at the Chinese Cultural Centre. The place was packed with label reps, stylists and socialites, including several of the (purportedly) feuding Real Housewives of Vancouver. And I’m not sure what the record is, but I’m pretty sure this was one of the most well-documented events in Vancouver since the Olympics. There seemed to be more photographers than actual guests. Snap on shutterbugs, snap on.
It may have been Vancouver's first Monogram Dinner by Design event, but I’m pretty sure it won’t be the last. In partnership with Interior Design Show West, 10 designers created extraordinary tablescapes in less than 24 hours. Upon completion, these dining installations were showcased at the Imperial during a preview party. And despite the tight constraints, these elaborately themed dining areas turned out to be stunning works of art. “Oohs” and “aahs” could be heard throughout the elegant east Van venue. But these tables weren’t just for show. The following night, roughly 100 ticket holders were lucky enough to be seated at these dining room masterpieces. People dined on a four-course meal while helping raise money in support of the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation.
Speaking of the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation, congrats to the organizers of Passions. The 10th-annual benefit for the foundation recently raised more than $130,000, which brings the total to $1 million since its inaugural gala a decade ago. A favourite among foodies, this fundraiser just keeps getting better and better. At this last one, for example, two dozen of Vancouver’s best restaurants participated by cooking up something special at the Dr. Peter Centre. Guests were invited to mill around the converted heritage home and indulge in as many of these gourmet offerings as they wanted. Yep, giving back never tasted so good.