The Holt Renfrew annual holiday party has consistently read like a who’s who of Vancouver, featuring the latest in musical talent, the bubbliest of champagne, delicious cocktails and scrumptious over-sized chocolate cake pop’s.
The Fairmont Pacific Rim was the cozy setting for the 2 hour event (sincerest thank you from everyone with multiple invites that evening), where cocktail attired guests had the option of sitting around the runway, in the warm lounge with oversized modern art fireplace or the well lit mingling area off to the side. Many a gent were caught doing business while their dates reclined in the lounge with friends and made new friends with the many recognizable personalities who attended.
Ladies like CTV News anchor Colleen Christie, multi-talented go-getter Jill Killeen, the multi-talented Dawn Chubai (jazz singer, television personality, actress and marketing manager) and Canada’s original famous television personality, mother of four and actor, Monika Deol, who lives Vancouver and so gracious and humble.
Between bubbly sips and admiring the runway gowns, I discreetly conversed with Dawn (as the two of us were exhausted from event attending and as she said ‘holding up the wall’ during the presentation), about her plans for the holidays. As with all professional women this season, her life is about work, work, more work and then making time and memories for her family.
Monika Deol sat directly in front of us and attended the soiree with her husband and real estate developer Avtar Bains and it was easy to see they were inspired by the runway show. Not only with the beautiful fashion from Holt Renfrew (Valentino, Jenny Packham, Tom Ford and Oscar de la Renta), but with the swing/jazz dancing duo’s and the full choir provided by Siegel Entertainment.
I spoke with Monika as she was preparing to leave and she was charming, composed and in a great spirits. She spoke of her 4 boys and keeping busy with her acclaimed role in ‘Beeba Boys‘ which took TIFF by storm in September. The story of notorious Vancouver crime lord ‘Bindy’ Singh Johal movie will be released soon and is high on Vancouver movie-goers list of must see’s.
Versace Home was given the Christmas Tree to reenvision for the event and it was so gorgeous and opulent that it is doubtful that the Fairmont would ever have it removed.
Many hugs were given and gifts exchanged by attendees and soon if was off to stand in the frigid taxi bank to get to another event.
Helen Siwak, On the Scene