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Bridal gowns, bloggers and bubbly 0

SARAH ROWLAND, 24 HOURS

You know you're at a high-calibre fashion show when Jason Matlo is sitting front row and centre. That's because as one of Vancouver's most successful fashion designers, he basically sets the bar for style events. So when he debuts a new collection of his own, fashion bloggers, stylists, scribes and TV reporters show up in droves to be a part of the climactic experience.

And his recent 2012 Bridal Collection launch party at the Spanish Ballroom in the Rosewood Hotel Georgia was no exception. The city's most dedicated fashionistas were all in attendance to check out his "Art of Romance" runway extravaganza.

To complete his stunning gowns, he paired them with diamonds from Tiffany & Co. And to pay homage to the iconic jewelry line, the legendary hotel served up turquoise macaroons, which were promptly washed down with free-flowing bubbly. Like I said, the man knows how to put on a fashion show.

Warm reception for Chilean art

One of Vancouver's funkiest galleries has a beautiful new exhibition that's definitely worth checking out, especially if you're not afraid of colour. Tequila Mockingbird, a Gastown gallery that promotes Latin America art, celebrated the launch of its contemporary Chilean showcase with a simple soiree on Saturday.

On hand was multidisciplinary artist, Ivonne Palacios, who had several gorgeous pieces on display throughout the impeccably curated loft space. Guests enjoyed some sinfully tasty Chilean sparkling wine as they talked art with Palacios and soaked up all her awe-inspiring use of vibrant colours.

Cars and art stars

The sneak preview of Jason Gogo's latest collection of paintings at Mile's End Motors turned out to be one of the biggest parties of the week. I guess there's just something about luxury cars, cool art and free wine that tends to draw a crowd of beautiful people. VIPs happily enjoyed an abundance of wine courtesy of Black Hills Estate Winery, as they checked out the art, each others' outfits and the shiny status-symbol car on display.


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