Versace Launches with Vogue Intl in Vancouver

Versace, Vogue, Vancouver, Bentall, Helen Siwak

Sue Randhawa with sisters Sara Rose and Kris McKenna. Image: StreetScout.Me

This past June, Vancouver media and fashionistas were abuzz with the news that Versace was planning a free-standing boutique adjacent to the newly opened Brunello Cucinelli.

Versace, Vogue, Vancouver, Bentall, Helen Siwak

12 hours before opening! Image credit: THECloset YVR

This week, Versace finally opened its 1,875 sq. ft. store at 745 Thurlow Street with a private invitation event sponsored by Vogue.

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The interiors are the brightest whites, highlighted with golden glints from the iconic Versace medusa medallions which surrounded everyone. The boutique had on display primarily items in their accessories lines, for men and women, plus a niche selection of women’s clothing including a stunning structured leather jacket that was a magnet for style bloggers.

DJ Christa Belle spun a broad selection of music that kept everyone cheerful and champagne glasses clinking. Exquisite hors d’oeuvres circulated and conversation swirled around Versace and its legacy, Vancouver luxury fashion climate and international fashion weeks.

The Italian luxury fashion brand was founded by the late Gianni Versace in 1978, and it is seeing a resurgence as it opens stores around the world. Upscale Vancouver-based fashion retailer Leone currently features a Versace shop-in-store, and Versace Home opened last summer in Vancouver’s Gastown area.

We got a little snap happy at the event – enjoy these pics from the opening night event:

 

versace, vogue, luxury, vancity buzz, helen siwak

Clockwise: Host Sue Randhawa & Helen Siwak, Marti Crampshee (Versace) & Joshua Langston; Host Jessica Luxe, Sabrina Fenster, Randa Salloum

versace, vogue, luxury, vancity buzz, helen siwak

Image credit: StreetScout.Me

versace, vogue, luxury, vancity buzz, helen siwak

Clockwise: L: Zvezdana Djordjevic Bankovic, Maja Djordjevic; Jamie Mann, Jorge Ramos; Sabrina Fenster, Andy Chu

Versace, Vogue, Vancouver, Bentall, Helen Siwak

L-R: Host Sue Randhawa, Helen Siwak, Liam Randhawa.

versace, vogue, luxury, vancity buzz, helen siwak

versace, vogue, luxury, vancity buzz, helen siwak

versace, vogue, luxury, vancity buzz, helen siwak

Stevie Nguyen & DJ Christa Belle.

“I played music that reflected the most recent Versace collection. Strong, feminine, and iconic with a uplifting romantic edge. By spinning music along with the theme of the fashion line I felt there was a playful and creative energy in the room that was on point all night. It was wonderful to work with Versace and Vogue on the event and I hope to do more so in the future.” DJ Christa Belle

Congratulations to Vogue, Versace and the four hosts for such an amazing night of casual chicness. A wonderful group to spend a few hours with conversing about fashion, the industry and how joyous 2016 will be for all.

Best wishes to all and ciao ciao,

Helen Siwak, On the Scene

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