Stylish summer shindigs
The biggest party of the week, if not the summer, was the 10th annual Opus Bar Street Party. The cordoned off outdoor area was jam-packed with foodies, fashionistas and, of course, the requisite reality TV stars - seriously, you can't swing a dead cat without hitting a Real Housewife these days. But it wasn't just about beautiful people showing off their beautiful clothes. There was a higher purpose to this party.
As with the past five bashes, the Opus foundation presented UNICEF's Unite Against AIDS campaign with a $10,000-donation.
Another reason this year was noteworthy was that it marked the last night of business for Cento Notti, the hotel's main dining area. But not to fear, it will be reopening in September as La Pentola Della Quercia, the sister restaurant of La Quercia - one of the best Italian eateries in the city. And that's huge news for Quercia fans who are sick of having to wait weeks to score a table at the Kits hotspot. The spillover from that location alone should be enough to keep this Opus edition fully booked 24/7.
Grandstanding for the Greater Good
1Karma cofounders Riaz Meghji (of "Breakfast Television" fame) and Jason Sarai put a lot thought, love and energy into "A Day at The Races" - a fundraising event at Hastings Race Course - and it paid off. Everyone in attendance seemed to thoroughly enjoy mingling in the grandstands as they placed bets, grazed on catering and displayed their finest headwear. Not only that but, by the end of day, Meghji and Sarai were able to present a $10,000-cheque to Camp Goodtimes, a free recreational program for kids with cancer and their families. Considering how successful 1Karma's inaugural event was, you can bet on more inventive charity extravaganzas from Meghji and Sarai in years to come.
Style for Studs
Men's Fashion Week - Vancouver is doing our city proud. Saturday, a dozen or so menswear designers showcased their latest collections on the Museum of Vancouver runway. The catwalk was lined with media and clotheshorses, totally stoked to have a fashion men's week - only the fourth of its kind in the world. Judging by the camaraderie, talent and enthusiasm witnessed at MFW, this event is just going to keep on growing and growing with each passing season. Mark my words, we'll beat this rap of being one of the worst-dressed cities in the world if it's the last thing we do.