Men: 24 Hour Countdown to NYE

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Ritchie Po of Knotwerk enjoying the champers at Lao Feng Xiang opening.

By the end of the December party season, it is very likely that every man’s basic wardrobe needs a bit of sprucing up to transform into a New Years Eve look that is chic, comfortable and re-wearable in the new year.

It is inevitable that each November, the media onslaught starts with advertising for big blow-out parties with uber high ticket prices, usually taking place in a hotel penthouse or on beautiful yacht. These parties are so extravagant and extra hard on the wallet, especially after the holidays.

A quick poll of fashionable friends informs me that ringing in 2016 in Vancouver, most likely means sipping champagne or a perfectly aged whiskey on an associates high-rise terrace, spending the evening with a handpicked group of friends at a secluded patio downtown or even reminiscing on an overstuffed couch in a dark corner of a newly discovered hole-in-the-wall somewhere in Railtown.  But…where ever it is, remember this is not an evening to get slouchy with your style.

This piece is for the gents on how to do a top to bottom spruce up in Vancouver, even with only a couple of days left to plan.

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18th Amendment Photograph by John Heil

Start at the top with a quick trim – head and beard touch-up’s are a must – but definitely not a good day to try mustache waxing or beard shaping. Gastown is flush with great barbers, many who have created their own cruelty-free products to keep you looking sleek and well groomed. Try top-rated 18th Amendment Barber Shop (77 E Cordova) for your trim or if you hair is long, curly or needing extra styling care, pop into Drybar at the new downtown Nordstrom’s for a 20 minute wash and blow-out. Drybar is an equal opportunity hair service; their products are all organic and named after adult beverages. The TripleSec spritz is light, fresh and fantastic on loose locks.

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Image credit: Helen Siwak

If there is no time for the full service, opt for a hat to tame that look. Hit Goorin Bros by the Yaletown skytrain and check out the American Felt line which contains almost two dozen classic shapes in soft textures that quickly add mystique and draw the focus to your expressive eyes. At the counter get Devin or Sarah to assist with customizing your new piece with a classic pin or feathers or both.

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Image credit: Helen Siwak

Over your dressier wardrobe staples – such a earth tone button down and dark denims or even black waxed jeans – add an affordable casual jacket with classic lines or a structured cardigan from the newly launched Frank & Oak (316 West Cordova) line. Whether to tuck or not depends on your journeys end.

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Image: Frank & Oak

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There are even a couple of barber chairs by Man Cave Barber Shop offering services just in case you are time crunched and need a shave, shirt and accessories in the same place!

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Image credit: Helen Siwak

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Image credit: Helen Siwak

Now footwear is just as important to a man’s appearance as it is to a woman’s look. An ankle boot works with jeans, trousers, with an all black layered androgynous look and even a cuffed dress pant. These boots from Rowan Sky (334 West Cordova) in Crosstown, come in many lush colours and with a change of laces can go from everyday to racy.

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Now how you arrive can either make or break the evening. If it is going to impossible to resist the bubbly or the signature drinks, pre-book a taxi, but for those with a taste for temptation try a super car rental. Vancouver is spoiled with companies waiting for you to roll off their  lots in a matte black Aston Martin or Lotus, a growling candy coloured Lamborghini or with a driver in the sumptuous luxury of a Rolls Royce, just call ahead to ensure availability.

New Years Eve can be as pricey or as heartfelt as you wish to make it but no matter how it goes, ensure you look fantastic in the photographs as we all know the internet is eternal.

Best wishes and ciao ciao,

Helen Siwak

 

 

 

 

 

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Luxury Legend Chanel Set to Expand from Concession to Flagship

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Holt Renfrew as seen from Granville & Dunsmuir Streets.

The speculation is true and the chic European themed hoarding within Vancouver’s Holt Renfrew confirms that the legendary luxury brand Chanel (LMVH) will expand by relocating its concession to a larger, ground-floor ‘flagship’ location.

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Main floor European themed hoarding, announcing Chanel, where the salon and spa once were.

According to Retail-Insider, the move is the latest within Holt Renfrew, as it continues to expand and renovate its CF Pacific Centre store to address competition from the mall’s recently-opened and wildly successful Nordstrom flagship.

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Chanel beauty concession on corner of Granville and Dunsmuir Streets. Focal point of walk/drive-by traffic.

Chanel will vacate its current 1,900 square foot, third-level Holt Renfrew concession space for a larger street-front location within Holt’s, in space formerly occupied by Holt’s salon and spa. The new Chanel store is under construction, and sources say that it will open mid-2016. A separate source in Holt’s menswear department implied a café component will be included with frontage on Dunsmuir Street, and that Chanel may gain a dedicated Howe Street entrance as part of the expansion.

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Holt Renfrew entrance on Howe Street next to currently unoccupied space formerly housing SportChek / Atmosphere.

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Potential Howe Street entrance of Chanel expansion.

When Holt Renfrew relocated its Pacific Centre flagship in the spring of 2007, Chanel opened an accessories-only concession on the store’s third floor. The concession expanded in 2010 to include ready-to-wear.

Holt Renfrew is in the process of spending millions to renovate its Vancouver flagship. Currently, Holt’s is 147,000 square feet and the store will annex an additional 40,000 square feet formerly occupied by Sport Chek/Atmosphere, with renovations expected to be completed by the end of 2016.

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Image credit: Holt Renfrew via Retail-Insider

This past September, Nordstrom opened a 230,000 square foot luxury designer-heavy flagship a block south of Holt’s and industry insiders questioned whether Vancouver could sustain luxury level boutiques. The ‘Luxury Zone’ at Alberni and Thurlow Streets are at commercial capacity and 2015 saw newcomer CICINO opening in the ‘The Heritage District on West Hastings’ possibly with hopes that the ‘Luxury Zone’ would spill over. One cannot help but feel as 2016 approaches, there is no doubt that there is a steady influx of discretionary income from affluent locals and tourists interested in and purchasing luxury items and this luxury shopping trend is going to continue.

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Menswear department in the lower level of Holt’s will be reorganized. The Paul Smith concession to be relocated to accommodate Chanel expansion.

Chanel has a long history in Vancouver, and the mere mention of its prestigious name brings anecdotes of first purchases and, ultimately, its inability to gain a foothold in Vancouver. Chanel began with the first freestanding location, measuring 1,300 square feet, which opened in 1991 at 755 Burrard Street (now occupied by Coach). Several years later, it relocated to a 5,000 square foot, two-level store at 900 West Hastings Street, which closed in the summer of 2010, apparently due to poor sales.

Who else is counting the days until we can relax in the café, enjoy an strong espresso, French petit fours, and people watch on a revitalized Howe Street devoid of ‘For Lease’ signs?

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Snowflake Furs on Howe street on the move again most likely due to industry decline and weekly protests against animal cruelty.

(This article and photographs by Helen Siwak was originally published in a shorter version in VancityBuzz).

Prada Prepares to Launch in ‘Luxury Zone’

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As reported earlier this year, and the topic of much haute speculation, Vancouver’s soon-to-launch Prada flagship is coming to the corner retail space of The Carlyle – a luxury complex at the southeast corner of Alberni Street and Thurlow Street.

The construction hoarding on the new Prada reflects the European elegance of this legendary brand and is perfectly situated across from the newly launched cashmere-centric Brunello Cucinelli and Medusa branded Versace. The legendary brand will also locate next to upscale brands Tory Burch and De Beers, as well as a number of other luxury brands which are associated with Vancouver’s “Luxury Zone.”

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On the south side of Prada is a 2 storey space which is completely unbranded. An insider source puts Saint Laurent there in the future.

The immediate area features luxury stores, including the newly opened 7,000 square foot Dior and Dior Homme, Burberry, Escada, Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co., Montblanc, and jewellers Lao Feng Xiang.

The Vancouver store is designed by Italian architect Roberto Baciocchi and will feature men’s and women’s ready-to-wear, as well as footwear and accessories. Prada has declined to provide official comments regarding this store, except to say that more information will be revealed closer to the Vancouver store’s opening date.

Best wishes to all and ciao ciao,

Helen Siwak, On the Scene

Versace Launches with Vogue Intl in Vancouver

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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.

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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:

 

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

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

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

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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

Kimoto Gallery: Winter WonderWalls

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On South Granville there is a gallery tucked away off West 6th that has a reputation of hanging thoughtful, irreverent, whimsical and insightful art of various mediums. No pay to hang at Kimoto Gallery – all the artists have an elevated skill level with their medium that allows you to see past the process – and enjoy the vision of the piece without encumbrance of flaws.

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Artist: David Wilson

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The Kimoto Family in front of Katsumi Kimoto’s artwork

The new Winter WonderWalls exhibition will hang until January 16, 2016 and what began as a holiday group show continues with fresh pieces as the artwork is sold. Cash and carry is this seasons theme.

Some of the artists completed a series of small works, while others have laboured over one piece to show one in their space. And, for some other artists, it also became about the installation itself – and how the pieces relate to each other.

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Found art Artist: York Graham (@YorkGrahamDotCom)

In the spirit of the holiday season, this exhibition is cash-and-carry. As the artworks find new homes, new artworks will be brought in. Exhibition will continue until January 16, 2016.

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Artist: Jason Dussault (@jason_dussault_art)

The exhibition features a number of our best local artists, along with some new faces to our stable. Jason Dussault, a BC born, New York based artist, known for his beautiful and colourful mosaic paintings and the piece that is pulling people into this exhibition is his newest piece featuring Canada’s 23rd Prime Minister, the recently elected Justin Trudeau.

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Artist: Kevin Boyle (www.KevinBoyleStudio.com)

Kevin Boyle is the sole photographer in the group and has hung haunting imagery of Canadiana in this exhibition and when he gave his artist statement, he spoke from the heart and held attendees spellbound with his personal story. One that started a decade ago as a police officer with a beat-up old camera documenting violence and destruction rampant in his career, then continuing with the death of his father and a road trip to Winnipeg capturing the last breath of small towns and buildings. Powerful and engaging.

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Artist: Veronica Plewman

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Artist: Christian Nicolay

Wine was by donation to the Food Bank, jars of chocolates and peppermints kept the children and adults happen and Happy Planet smoothie’s were perfect on a rainy afternoon.

Michael Soltis

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The final dart by David Wilson.

Best wishes to all and ciao ciao,

Helen Siwak, On the Scene

Moncler Launches Luxury Ski Wear as the First Snowflakes Fall Downtown

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Moncler is a brand originally established at high altitude which now boasts a presence in all of the world’s most important cities, and most exclusive ski resorts. Vancouver is a city known for it’s skiing, lodge and spa culture, and for those who insist on taking it to the extremes, Moncler is the label you source.

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It is without a doubt that such a gorgeous invitation to a private opening sets the tone for the evening.

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A large window marks the entrance to the new store on Thurlow Street, also known as the ‘Luxury Zone‘ of Vancouver, a first-class destination for luxury shopping in the city. The premises are true to the Moncler code of sourcing the highest quality materials and we were stunned with the detailing of the embossing within the womens collectionand the creativity with the Thom Browne line of outerwear in grey wool.

The result is a unique interior, with elegant French wood panelling in chêne fumé wood and grigio carnico marble inserts used for the floors and walls which adds movement to the space. The interior has once again been entrusted to Gilles & Boissier, an architecture studio which has worked alongside the brand for many years.

A complete range of product is offered in the new boutique, with the Moncler Gamme Bleu and Moncler Gamme Rouge collections featured alongside the men’s and women’s Moncler and Moncler Grenoble ready-to-wear and accessory collections.

Moncler is located at 743 Thurlow Street and regular hours are available through their website.

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All photography by Joshua Langston.

Holt Renfrew Cheers the Season at Fairmont Pacific Rim

Holt Renfrew, Fairmont, Pacific Rim, Helen Siwak, EcoLuxLuv, THEClosetYVR, runway collections, Vancouver, YVRThe 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.

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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.

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Holiday Choir performance

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.

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Clockwise starting Left: Jill Killeen overseeing last minute touch-ups, Host and cozy fireplace lounge.

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Clockwise Right: The Vancouverite Blogger Cyndi Yu in a crisp emerald green and cream skirt, TDF Valentino rockstuds and bubbles; model Asli with Jorge Ramos and Trish Rouge of prestigious Wilhelmina Canada; hair styling pioneering Jon Paul Holt and friend.

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Dawn Chubai, television and music personality

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.

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Canadian media/broadcasting legend Monika Deol in stunning red ribbon dress with silk crepe trim.

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.

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Reimagined holiday tree topper by Versace Home with hanging Grecian scrolls as stars.

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Lower half of Versace Home’s reimagined holiday tree surround by sumptuous gold and silver pillows and ceramic puma.

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.

Ciao ciao,

Helen Siwak, On the Scene

Hey Jude X Evan Ducharme – EcoFriendly Capsule Launch

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A brilliant Friday night should always start with a smooth showcase of local design. Drop-in, say hello, give and receive hugs, have a drink and a nibble, and then peruse what your favourite shop has been up to.

We’re passionate about sustainability and supporting local makers and that can be felt and seen in the space we’ve created. We want to challenge the stereotype of what shopping vintage means by showcasing our pieces in a minimalistic and modern setting and hopefully help more individuals open up to the idea of shopping recycled clothing.

This week Evan Ducharme announced a collaboration with contemporary vintage clothing company Hey Jude (created by Lauren Clark and Lyndsey Chow). Nestled in an all white chic boutique, Hey Jude finally has a permanent home and their patrons are pleased.

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Evan’s limited edition jersey capsule collection features three unique dresses and are exclusive to Hey Jude. Three versatile pieces – wrap dress, tunic dress and a tank dress. Three pieces that are lightweight and in black, plum and ochre. For those of us who went black and grey this Fall/Winter season, these colours are so complimentary all of them will work their way into your fashion psyche.

There is a unique factor to the capsule collection collaboration in that all the dresses are made of eco-friendly bamboo jersey. The dry goods for the pieces were purchased, cut, sewn and made available for purchase within a 1 km radius of their inception.

We’ve been fans and friends of Evan’s since we both presented at Eco Fashion Week a few years ago. We were all chatting in the shop last month and the idea of creating a capsule for December came about. We wanted to keep it simple with 3 designs in an organic cotton jersey that could be dressed up for the holidays and also styled year round. We love how Evan sourced the fabric and designed and sewed each dress within a 1km radius of the shop. It doesn’t get much more local than that! – Lauren & Lyndsey

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The new boutique offers a gorgeous selection of, not only clothing, but of apothecary and beauty products, leather good, found objects, textiles and accessories. Hey Jude, Evan Ducharme, Gastown, Nesters, Vancouver, YVR, Helen SiwakHey Jude Collage 5 copy

Hey Jude is a contemporary vintage clothing company that specializes in unique, trend forward pieces that are used as is or modified to modernize. They present beautiful seasonal collections complete with Look Books.

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“We hope to inspire others to make eco-conscious decisions in all aspects of their lives and to express their own unique styles.” Lauren & Lyndsey

Ciao ciao,

Helen Siwak, On the Scene

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Van City Vogue Holiday Soiree at LBV

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Van City Vogue is known for their intimidating Instagram presence (38.5K but who is counting!) and for being on top of the fashion game with the latest looks and styles from the most internationally stylish people.

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Kristin greeted us in this amazing French inspired look.

Sharon of VCV invited THECloset YVR to an exclusive Van City Vogue Holiday Soiree on Wednesday, December 9th 2015 at the newly opened LBV boutique in Gastown. Unfortunately we were unable to attend the official opening but heard it is definitely that place to shop for unconventional and uber-artsy and eclectic homewares.

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Gold flecked cake balls, deconstructed cupcakes in vanilla and chocolate, and golden Bottega. Cakes by Arjan & SweetPetiteCin. Champagne served by Liquid Lavish

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VCV has had a longtime relationship with LBV (originally from Kelowna) and have taken it upon themselves to spread the word super about the opening of this stylish new hot spot in the city.

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Rimpy Sahota wearing one of her stunning two piece party dresses

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Designer Jason Matlo with one of his designs; lamps and accessories

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Guests included Joshua Langston of The Social Life, LBV Lifestyle Owner Tracey; Ed Sylvan & Michelle Phaneuf of La Biosthetique

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Guests: Stylist Dominique Hanke, Designer Rimpty Sahota & Secil Turhan; Beauty Blogger Britta Bisig and friend.

With invitations to their favorite fashion influencers and the promise of champagne,prizes, live music by Phoenix Lauren, desserts as well as discounted shopping, the location was packed and everyone was besides themselves with the amazing selection of beauty and oddities.VCV - Gift Collage 2

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The selection of giftware is eclectic and slightly eccentric and wickedly awesome.

To read more about Van City Vogue check out their previous online magazine on issuu.

Ciao ciao,

Helen Siwak, On the Scene

Frank & Oak Launch Flagship in Gastown

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North America’s fastest growing menswear brand, Frank & Oak, launched their Vancouver flagship at 316 West Cordova Street in Gastown. The location opened to the public on December 5th, 2015 after a 5 week build-out and marks the brand’s thirteenth retail store. VIPs and media attended a pre-launch and had the opportunity to speak with Frank & Oak’s Sophie Desbiens, who traveled from Montreal, to oversee the launch.

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Focusing on providing an experience that feels as local as it does global, Frank & Oak has reconfigured its flagship to offer the same personalized approach to shopping as it offers online. With mobile and online shopping seamlessly integrated in-store, customers will be able to access their past order histories and online style profiles, and can opt for complimentary personal styling appointments with trained style advisers.

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Style writer Ritchie Po chatting with store stylist Tyler Yang. Image credit: Helen Siwak

Additionally, customers will be able to have products shipped directly to their homes if an item is not available in store, delivering Frank & Oak’s focus on connected retail. The flagship will carry Frank & Oak’s monthly menswear items, limited run collections, and will host a variety of community-oriented events which we are looking forward to.

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THECloset YVR’s Helen Siwak and Sam, founder of Man Cave Barber Shop chain

The location also features a two chair Man Cave Barber Shop and juice bar helmed by the team at local juice emporium Krokodile Pear. The space is intended as a community hub to meet, connect and linger.

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Frank & Oak, krokodile pear, Gastown, Helen Siwak, Man Cave Barber Shop, Vancouver, BC, Retail

Puppy friendly premises! Image credits: Helen Siwak

“We’re thrilled to reinforce our reputation for personalized service and unique in-store experiences the opening of this flagship location on the West Coast,” explained Frank & Oak Co-Founder and CEO Ethan Song. “We’re passionate about building a sense of community, culture, and integrating the two into a local approach but within the context of the digital world.”

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Window display and Frank & Oak Co-Founders Hicham Ratnani and Ethan Song

Check out this weeks’ Knotwerk by Ritchie Po shot exclusively in the new Frank & Oak!

Ciao ciao,

Helen Siwak, On the Scene

Black 2 Blond & La Biosthetique Celebration

Dylan Beatch, Black 2 Blond, Michelle Phaneuf, Helen Siwak, La Biosthetique, Vancouver, YVR

Dylan Beatch and first runner up Sara Burke

Early on this last Tuesday morning, Black 2 Blond Salon and Spa welcomed media and VIPs to celebrate Dylan Beatch’s win in Paris with a lovely breakfast soiree. Dylan won the La Biosthétique International Beauty Stylist Award Winner 2015/2016 and everyone was ready to join him in celebration.

Dylan Beatch, Black 2 Blond, Michelle Phaneuf, Helen Siwak, La Biosthetique, Vancouver, YVR

The amazing Black 2 Blond team with La Biosthetique’s Marc Riese (3rd from left) and Michelle Phaneuf (far right)

Upon arriving guests were welcomed warmly by manager Teresa Polson and the salon team and enjoyed delectable Thomas Haas pastries, fresh squeezed Nectar Juicery orange juice, organic ProsEcco bubbly, and a rich 49th Parallel coffee.

Dylan Beatch, Black 2 Blond, Michelle Phaneuf, Helen Siwak, La Biosthetique, Vancouver, YVR

Thomas Haas pastries

After which La Biosthetique Account Manager, Michelle Phaneuf, gave me a personalized tour of the new product lines and helped select a gift bag of their cruelty free products suitable for my skin type and lifestyle. The new winter collection includes revamped packaging which is colour coded and a sleek luxury line inspired around the smooth perfection of the pearl.

Dylan Beatch, Black 2 Blond, Michelle Phaneuf, Helen Siwak, La Biosthetique, Vancouver, YVR

La Biosthetique Paris Winter Collection

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The luxury collection line

The La Biosthétique International Beauty Stylist Awards were recently held in the iconic Pavilion Champs Elysees, Paris, France, with over 1100 hairdressers from around the world coming together for the prestigious ceremony.

Dylan Beatch, Black 2 Blond, Michelle Phaneuf, Helen Siwak, La Biosthetique, Vancouver, YVR

The winning look by Dylan Beatch. Styled by Sarah D’Arcey. Photographed by Matthew Chen.

As reigning Canadian La Biosthétique International Beauty Award recipient, Dylan was joined at the awards by runner up Sara Burke, and fellow La Biosthétique Canada creative directors Anna and Marc Riese, as well as General Manager Philip Jung.

Dylan Beatch, Black 2 Blond, Michelle Phaneuf, Helen Siwak, La Biosthetique, Vancouver, YVR

Creative Director Marc Riese with stylist Sarah D’Arcey

Dylan’s winning look was styled by Sarah D’Arcey, photographed by Matthew Chen and was inspired by the 1960s. He felt that the model had a natural Audrey Hepburn style and really tried to bring out the famous actresses essence with the style, cut and colour.

“Winning this year’s international beauty stylist award was a great achievement for myself and my team. It has validated all of the hard work I have put into my craft over the past 3 years and all of the hard work my mentors have put into me as well. It fits nicely for the company that I am a part of as well, although La Biosthetique has been around since the 1960’s it is a fairly new beauty brand in Canada and to take home the international win within its first decade is very special. It shows the rest of the world that we are on the way up and Canada, is and can be, a competitor in the beauty and fashion industry on a global scale.” Dylan Beatch

Dylan Beatch, Black 2 Blond, Michelle Phaneuf, Helen Siwak, La Biosthetique, Vancouver, YVR

Michelle Phaneuf, Dylan Beatch and Helen Siwak

THECloset YVR congratulates Dylan Beatch, the Black 2 Blond team and La Biosthetique for consistently providing top quality services and striving for the top.

Ciao ciao,

Helen Siwak, On the Scene

Read our previous article on Dylan Beatch here.

 

Tiffany & Co Launches ‘Joy Comes Out of the Blue’

Tiffany and Co, Breakfast at Tiffanys, Helen Siwak, Fashion, Style, Blogger, Vancouver, YVR

Guests enjoying the most luxurious Show & Tell of signature jewellery

Tiffany & Co. recently unveiled its Holiday 2015 advertising campaign the ‘Joy Comes Out of The Blue’ with a private Breakfast at Tiffany’s event for Vancouver’s top stylists, bloggers, and media.

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Hawksworth Restaurant treating everyone a delicious morning repast

Tiffany and Co, Breakfast at Tiffanys, Helen Siwak, Fashion, Style, Blogger, Vancouver, YVR

Customized cookies in sugar and ginger flavours by the Uncommon Cake.

From the moment the guests arrived the experience was all about luxury – complete with personal door service, brewed and sparkling beverages, savoury hors d’oeuvres and gorgeous baked sweets.

This season’s campaign is themed to brilliantly capture the magical moment when people with close personal ties present each other with the ultimate gift: the Tiffany Blue Box and its sparkling contents.

“The joy is not only in our blue box, but also in the deep feelings people share,” said Caroline Naggiar, Tiffany’s chief marketing officer. “We so often emphasize the glamour and luxury of Tiffany; but we also enjoy a heritage at the center of life’s most meaningful occasions. Tiffany’s is not only the most anticipated gift to receive, but also the most coveted to give.”

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Stunning one-of-a-kind piece price at over $200K and on loan from Tiffany & Co in New York

Tiffany simultaneously launched a limited run collection of the most lustrous and breathtaking large diamond and gemstone pieces (probably the largest ever seen in Vancouver!) to compliment their holiday campaign. In between sips of mimosa’s, guests were encouraged to try-on and experience the beauty of the individual pieces.

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Sparkling with over $3M worth of diamonds!

Tiffany and Co, Breakfast at Tiffanys, Helen Siwak, Fashion, Style, Blogger, Vancouver, YVR

Shiny happy people! Digital media influencers Josh Langston (The-SocialLife.com) and Randa Salloum (RandaSalloum.com)

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Fell absolutely in love with these beautiful earrings

Earlier this month Tiffany & Co also pledged to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by the year 2050, joining other leading companies in setting long-term climate change goals and asking world leaders to do the same.

As part of an initiative organized by ‘The B Team’, a not-for-profit coalition of global business leaders, Tiffany & Co. CEO Frédéric Cumenal joined in signing an open letter to Heads of State that emphasizes the importance of a long-term climate goal and highlights the bold actions of the private sector. Also, at its manufacturing and distribution facilities, Tiffany & Co. is implementing a variety of energy-saving and emission-reducing programs, including the use of solar arrays.

“As a global iconic brand and leader in sustainable luxury, Tiffany is proud to join other responsible businesses in pledging net-zero greenhouse emissions by 2050,” said Cumenal. “This continues our commitment to protecting our precious natural environment and we hope to inspire others to do the same.”

Tiffany is the internationally renowned jeweler founded in New York in 1837 and the Burrard Street location, in downtown Vancouver, is a reflection of the company’s timeless elegance. For holiday gift-giving there is a selection of timepieces, sterling silverware, china, crystal, stationery, fragrances and accessories.

Tiffany and Co, Breakfast at Tiffanys, Helen Siwak, Fashion, Style, Blogger, Vancouver, YVR

Welcoming smile by Miriam Sklar who showed us the latest in Tiffany & Co signature charms

Thank you to Brianna at Hawksworth Communications for the invitation to this very sparkly holiday event.

Ciao ciao,

Helen Siwak, On the Scene

Blanche Macdonald: The Places In Between

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The Permanent, Vancouver’s hottest new event venue, is a fully restored historical building located on West Pender and provided a stately backdrop for this years Blanche MacDonald Graduate Fashion Show.

The evenings top looks are here and congratulations to the graduating class and those who helped them achieve their dreams.

Blanche Macdonald, The Permanent, Vancouver, Grad Show, Runway Collection, Helen Siwak, YVR, Fashion Blogger, Style Writer

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Blanche Macdonald, The Permanent, Vancouver, Grad Show, Runway Collection, Helen Siwak, YVR, Fashion Blogger, Style Writer

Blanche Macdonald, The Permanent, Vancouver, Grad Show, Runway Collection, Helen Siwak, YVR, Fashion Blogger, Style Writer

Blanche Macdonald, The Permanent, Vancouver, Grad Show, Runway Collection, Helen Siwak, YVR, Fashion Blogger, Style Writer

Blanche Macdonald, The Permanent, Vancouver, Grad Show, Runway Collection, Helen Siwak, YVR, Fashion Blogger, Style Writer

Blanche Macdonald, The Permanent, Vancouver, Grad Show, Runway Collection, Helen Siwak, YVR, Fashion Blogger, Style Writer

Blanche Macdonald, The Permanent, Vancouver, Grad Show, Runway Collection, Helen Siwak, YVR, Fashion Blogger, Style Writer

Blanche Macdonald, The Permanent, Vancouver, Grad Show, Runway Collection, Helen Siwak, YVR, Fashion Blogger, Style Writer

Image credits: Peter Jensen Photography

Ciao ciao,

Helen Siwak, On the Scene

 

Nordstrom Presents Alexander Wang Pop-In

Alexander Wang, Maxime Favreau, Helen Siwak, Nordstrom, PopIn, PopUp,

As part of the Pop-In series, Nordstrom Vancouver hosted a special event showcasing Alexander Wang’s Fall/Winter 2015 line, and snippets of the T by Alexander Wang Resort 2016 collection.  Members of the New York Wang team were on-hand and offered insight into the collection while models showed shoppers a 360 view of the looks.

For the Fall 2015 collection Alexander Wang presented a range of pieces that would thrill the all-black wearing sophisticate, the retro gothic lover and those who crave comfort in their day to day clothing.

Alexander Wang, Maxime Favreau, Helen Siwak, Nordstrom, PopIn, PopUp,

Image credit: Helen Siwak

The most eye-catching part of this collection was the sleeveless dress with velour line curving seams. This dress was defined by accentuating it with silver snap trims and exposed zippers which made this classic silhouette stronger.

Wang is known to specialize in refining classic design pieces, and modernizing them, such as the ivory sleeveless cashmere turtleneck, with a revealing open back.

Alexander Wang, Maxime Favreau, Helen Siwak, Nordstrom, PopIn, PopUp,

Images by Maxime Favreau

Alexander Wang, Maxime Favreau, Helen Siwak, Nordstrom, PopIn, PopUp,

Images by Maxime Favreau.

If you’re feeling a bit playful, the T by Alexander Wang collection was athletic and suitable for the brisk outdoors represented best by the leather varsity jacket and grey frayed shift-dress and jacket combination.

Alexander Wang, Maxime Favreau, Helen Siwak, Nordstrom, PopIn, PopUp,

Images by Maxime Favreau

The Pop-In also featured a large display of Wang’s handbag collection with the much-anticipated Rockie mini duffle bag that comes in a soft grey and navy hue. Also featured was the newest incarnation of the Gabi tilt-heel bootie that is so beloved by fashionista worldwide.

Alexander Wang, Maxime Favreau, Helen Siwak, Nordstrom, PopIn, PopUp,

Image credit: Maxime Favreau

Article co-written by Maxime Favreau and Helen Siwak.

 

OMEGA presents James Bond SPECTRE at Private Screening

Omega, James Bond, Spectre, Hollinrake PR, Ritchie Po, Helen Siwak

Image courtesy of Omega Watches

The OMEGA watch boutique in the elegant Fairmont Hotel was the perfect setting for the launch party of the new James Bond SPECTRE movie.

Omega, James Bond, Spectre, Hollinrake PR, Ritchie Po, Helen Siwak

Omega, James Bond, Spectre, Hollinrake PR, Ritchie Po, Helen SiwakIt was elbow to elbow but they were very classy elbows! The atmosphere was lively with the tunes of DJ Pri, who was joined sporadically at the decks, by society columnist Fred Lee. To satisfy the pre-movie munchies, there were numerous hot lamp stations with assorted hot sliders, two  types of fries, a raw oyster bar, and a selection of wine, champagne and the signature James Bond martini.

Omega, James Bond, Spectre, Hollinrake PR, Ritchie Po, Helen Siwak

The OMEGA introduced the Seamaster 300 luxury timepiece which has been James Bond’s watch since GoldenEye (1995), with its naval history and classic style, the watch perfectly reflects Bond’s character. To tie in with the newest Bond movie, fans and watch collectors will be able to buy the model worn by 007 in SPECTRE, as the sleek timepiece will be sold as a limited edition of just 7,007 pieces and priced at $8,050. By the end of the party, all the Vancouver stock (including the display) were sold-out.

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Stylist Crystal Carson and Hazem Sbayteh OMEGA Brand and Country Manager

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Brittany Law of StyleRepublic.com

Exuberant party-goers were then sent off into the drizzly night, to the Scotiabank Theatre with a gift bag containing hardcover catalogue and a custom SPECTRE 007 black umbrella.

For those who are not familiar (and have not seen the blockbuster), SPECTRE revolves around a cryptic message from the past which sends James Bond to Mexico City and Rome, where he meets a beautiful widow, played with elegance and sophistication by Monica Bellucci, of an infamous criminal. After infiltrating a secret meeting, 007 uncovers the existence of the sinister organization SPECTRE. Needing the help of the daughter of an old nemesis, he embarks on a mission to find her. As Bond ventures toward the heart of SPECTRE, he discovers a chilling connection between himself and the enemy he seeks.

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Style writer Ritchie Po and EcoLuvLux publisher Helen Siwak

Style writer Ritchie Po (Knotwerk by Ritchie Po & Knotwerk Social) and I had a fantastic evening and thank Toronto’s Hollinrake Communications who organized this special event and the beautiful photographs.

Ciao ciao,

Helen Siwak, On the Scene

CICINO Official Launch with Pascal Millet

Cicino, Pascal Millet, Vancouver Club, Vancouver, Helen Siwak, YVR

Image credit: Mayowill Photography via SimComm

Luxury retailer CICINO launched with a splashy grand opening on this past rainy Friday. The historic Vancouver Club sparkled with old world charm, as did the jewels on the well-heeled attendees. It quickly became apparent that the Pascal Millet runway was the event to be seen at as the over-capacity crowd elbowed their way into the coveted front row seats with late arrivals and media relegated to standing room only.

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Image credit: Mayowill Photography via SimComm

The Spring Summer 2016 line debuted at Paris Fashion Week earlier this year but this is Pascal Millet’s first Canadian runway appearance and the city showed its appreciation.

Cicino, Pascal Millet, Vancouver Club, Vancouver, Helen Siwak, YVR

Image credit: Kuna Photography Group

Cicino, Pascal Millet, Vancouver Club, Vancouver, Helen Siwak, YVR

Image credit: Kuna Photography Group

The SS16 collection included a range of versatile wearable pieces that channeled the 1970s and the romance of a Mediterranean vacation. Bell bottoms and snakeskin, striped silks and gauzy light cottons, interspersed with chunky knits and embossed textures.

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Image credit: Mayowill Photography via SimComm

Cicino, Pascal Millet, Vancouver Club, Vancouver, Helen Siwak, YVR

Image credit: Mayowill Photography via SimComm

Cicino, Pascal Millet, Vancouver Club, Vancouver, Helen Siwak, YVR

Image credit: Mayowill Photography via SimComm

After the runway, the champagne and the flashbulbs, the crowd was ushered in across to 848 Hastings where the management formalized the launch with the cutting of a giant red ribbon amid cheers.

Cicino, Pascal Millet, Vancouver Club, Vancouver, Helen Siwak, YVR

Image credit: Mayowill Photography via SimComm

Very quickly the two mezzanines and main floor filled up and everyone enjoyed impassioned performances by Studio Cloud 30 led by Warren Flandez and duo Eli & Rosemary.

Cicino, Pascal Millet, Vancouver Club, Vancouver, Helen Siwak, YVR

Image credit: Mayowill Photography via SimComm

Pascal Millet’s visit to Vancouver was a great excuse for a fantastic party and now it is CICINO’s turn to show us their brand of luxury is reason to keep the celebration going.

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Image credit: CreativeLight Imaging

Cicino, Pascal Millet, Vancouver Club, Vancouver, Helen Siwak, YVR

Image credit: Kuna Photography Group

Cicino, Pascal Millet, Vancouver Club, Vancouver, Helen Siwak, YVR

Image credit: Kuna Photography Group

Cicino, Pascal Millet, Vancouver Club, Vancouver, Helen Siwak, YVR

Image credit: Mayowill Photography via SimComm

Cicino, Pascal Millet, Vancouver Club, Vancouver, Helen Siwak, YVR

Image credit: Mayowill Photography via SimComm

Ciao ciao,

Helen Siwak, On the Scene

(This article by Helen Siwak was originally published in Modern Working Woman).

Opening Ceremony: Pop-In at NordstromVan

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Image credit: Vivian Hsu

Nordstrom Vancouver launched their latest pop-in with Opening Ceremony, the iconic multifaceted retailer and fashion brand launched in 2002.

Artist Max Lamb designed the pop-in shop. Lamb specializes in contemporary one-of-a-kind furniture pieces and custom made the chiseled granite table and designed the pixilated ‘white noise’ print flooring. Lamb also framed the shop with wavy brass tubing and finished it off with a rippled flesh coloured latex curtain which can only be described as a very odd choice.

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Image credit: Helen Siwak

Inside the curtain are pieces from Opening Ceremony’s Resort 2016 collection which was inspired by the suburbs and dog show culture. Customers can shop apparel and accessories for men and women, including picks like a reversible faux-fur coat, a suede leopard-pattered zip-front mini skirt, a laser-cut faux leather tunic, and classic varsity jackets. This collection is fur and leather free and we applaud OC for this.

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Image credit: Vivian Hsu

Alongside the Opening Ceremony collection are a few OC styles and collaborations that are only available at the pop-in Vancouver and the Los Angeles outpost. Opening Ceremony designed classic striped tees, knit gloves and hats, dog-motif key chains and small bags, and tiny leather varsity jacket key chains just for Nordstrom. The team at OC also partnered with Harding Lane for exclusive quirky needlepoint baseball hats, Alpha Industries for custom reversible bomber jackets in new color combinations, and put fun crystal designs on classic slippers from Minnetonka.

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Image credit: Helen Siwak

Opening Ceremony, Nordstrom, Vancouver, Helen Siwak, Vivian Hsu, Pop-In

Image credit: Helen Siwak

Accessories including charming Venessa Arizaga jewelry, Isaac Nichols pottery, and Alix bodysuits round out the shop.

Opening Ceremony, Nordstrom, Vancouver, Helen Siwak, Vivian Hsu, Pop-In

Image credit: Vivian Hsu

Next week check back as Maxime Favreau catches up with the team from Alexander Wang at the T by Alexander Wang instore held on November 6th.

Opening Ceremony, Nordstrom, Vancouver, Helen Siwak, Vivian Hsu, Pop-In

Image credit: Helen Siwak

Ciao ciao,

Helen Siwak, On the Scene

#StepUp4CTYP at Fluevog in Gastown

StepUp4CTYP, Fluevog, Danielle Lemon, Ritchie Po, Helen Siwak, Vancouver, YVR

StepUp4CTYP was held on November 4th at John Fluevog Shoes gorgeous Gastown retail space at 65 Water Street and raised $12,780 for youth drama programming at Carousel Theatre for Young People.

This annual events sees the Vancouver based Fluevog company generously donating 50% of the proceeds of all sales to CTYP. The retail floor was standing room only and according to the events co-organizer, Danielle Lemon, patrons spent over $25,000 in three hours!

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Co-organizer Danielle Lemon (R).

The fun evening was hosted by Todd Talbot of hit television program ‘Love It or List It Vancouver’ and featuring vocal performances by CTYP’s Kayla Dunbar, Bonnie Duff and Amanda Testini. Talbot kept everyone happy, while waiting for the vigilant store staff to arrive with their sizes, with raffle prize draws for delicious Purdy’s chocolates and colourful Bon Macaron Patisserie’s macaroons.

StepUp4CTYP, Fluevog, Danielle Lemon, Ritchie Po, Helen Siwak, Vancouver, YVR

More than just a host, Todd has a personal connection to the theatre and shared about CTYP, on social media, that “this company gave me my first job as a young theatre artist many moons ago. The work they do to give young audiences a glimpse into the magic of live theatre and how they continue to hire new up and coming artists should be applauded.”

StepUp4CTYP, Fluevog, Danielle Lemon, Ritchie Po, Helen Siwak, Vancouver, YVR

In addition to the shoe sale, this year’s event also included a silent auction and prize draws from a number of Vancouver-based cultural organizations including Bard on the Beach, the Vancouver Art Gallery, Pirate Adventures and Vancouver Opera. Other prizes were provided by celebrated local restaurants such as Granville Island’s Bridges, Boca Del Lupo and Baru Latino.

Beverages generously provided by Granville Island Brewery, catering was a group effort of purchased and home baked desserts which included gorgeous deep chocolate cupcakes, and bright floral arrangements by Floral and Hardy.

StepUp4CTYP, Fluevog, Danielle Lemon, Ritchie Po, Helen Siwak, Vancouver, YVR

We look forward to next year’s event and applaud everyone involved for their time and dedication.

StepUp4CTYP, Fluevog, Danielle Lemon, Ritchie Po, Helen Siwak, Vancouver, YVR

Photographs by Rebecca Heyl and Richard Schmon.

Ciao ciao,

Helen Siwak, On the Scene

(This article by Helen Siwak was originally published in Blush).

CICINO Opens Outside of Vancouver’ Luxury Zone’

Cicino, Helen Siwak, Luxury Zone, Vancouver, YVR

Image credit: Helen Siwak

Located in a century-old heritage building at 848 West Hastings, designer retailer CICINO has chosen to skirt the Alberni Street ‘Luxury Zone’ and align itself with the centuries old Terminal City and Vancouver Club.

Cicino, Helen Siwak, Luxury Zone, Vancouver, YVR

Image credit: Helen Siwak

CICINO introduced itself in October to the local shopping elite via a series of private invite only events held at the boutique. The official opening however will take place on November 6 with a Pascal Millet SS 16 Collection runway show at the Vancouver Club followed by a Grand Opening Party at the boutique.

CICINO carries luxury designer merchandise for both women and men which ranges from casual to extravagant, fine jewellery and even made-to-order Italian furniture. The interior walls are decorated with the fine art of Stewart Stephenson and the upper mezzanine offers a comfortable changing area complete with birdcage styled rooms and handmade flyers advertising the Red Card member rewards card.

Cicino, Helen Siwak, Luxury Zone, Vancouver, YVR

Image credit: Helen Siwak

Cicino, Helen Siwak, Luxury Zone, Vancouver, YVR

Image credit: Helen Siwak

CICINO features a handful of exclusive brands such as Andrew Gn, John Lobb, Manoush, Ermanno Scervino, Sergio Rossi and many others shared by Nordstrom, The Room and Leone, that includes Versace, KENZO, Sonia Rykiel and Oscar de la Renta.

Cicino, Helen Siwak, Luxury Zone, Vancouver, YVR

Image credit: Helen Siwak

CICINO is just the latest addition to the downtown luxury market which will also see the opening of Versace, Strellson, Moncler and possibly Prada later this fall.

Ciao ciao,

Helen Siwak, On the Scene

Cirque du Soleil: KOOZA!

Contortionists, Kooza, Cirque du Soliel, Helen Siwak

Image credit: Helen Siwak

Concord Pacific Place exploded Thursday, October 29th with the premiere of Cirque du Soleil’s latest extravaganza to hit Vancouver – KOOZA.  Cirque du Soleil is a Canadian created animal-free circus which explores ethereal worlds in big budget choreographed spectacles. This show is bright, beautifully intense and highlights the physical demands of human performance with compelling characters audience members of all ages can relate to.

KOOZA tells the story of The Innocent, a melancholy loner in search of his place in the world.  Beginning alone with a lifeless kite, The Innocent is seduced by The Trickster who lures him into a fantasy world of acrobatic performances with a healthy dose of clowning around.
Contortionists, Kooza, Cirque du Soliel, Helen Siwak
Contortionists, Kooza, Cirque du Soliel, Helen Siwak
The premiere night was sponsored by numerous local businesses including the Savoury Chef, Kim Crawford winery and international destination – the country of Mexico. The ringside seats were flush with local personalities, athletes and media. Complimentary popcorn, soda, appetizers and wine thrilled the attendee’s appetites and made for a lighthearted atmosphere.
During the performance audible gasps, spontaneous clapping and raucous laughter could be heard over and over. The intermission was appreciated so as to compose ourselves, enjoy complimentary salted caramel sundaes and cake-pops, savour another glass of wine and shop for colourful souvenirs.
Contortionists, Kooza, Cirque du Soliel, Helen Siwak

Image credit: Helen Siwak

Running until December 27th, KOOZA has numerous ticket types to keep you, your family and/or group entertained – single tickets to VIP to Behind the Scenes packages.
On November 26th there is a special benefit event for the SOS Children’s Villages. Cirque du Soleil will be donating 100% of the proceeds from sales of select seats to benefit organizations providing assistance to youth at risk.
Article by Helen Siwak.

Brunello Cucinelli Joins Vancouver Luxury Zone

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Image credit: Helen Siwak

Referred to as the “King of Cashmere,” Italian luxury fashion brand Brunello Cucinelli has opened its first Canadian location in Vancouver. It joins a number of other premium brands in Vancouver’s ‘Luxury Zone.’

The 2,700 sq. ft. boutique opened last week at 765 Thurlow Street, and it will soon be joined by Versace and Swiss menswear brand Strellson in the same complex.

Brunello Cucinelli joins the ‘Luxury Zone’ with Dior, De Beers, Burberry, Escada, Hermes, Tiffany & Co., Jaeger-LeCoultre, Louis Vuitton, and others. According to Retail-Insider, Canada’s second Moncler location will open in December across from Cucinelli on Thurlow Street, and a massive three-level flagship Prada is under construction at the southeast corner of Thurlow and Alberni Streets. Sources say that a number of premium international brands continue to negotiate for retail space in the immediate area.

Brunello Cucinelli, Versace, Vancouver, Helen Siwak

Brunello Cucinelli, Versace, Vancouver, Helen Siwak

Founded in 1978, Brunello Cucinelli sells womenswear, menswear, and accessories. Although known for its luxurious cashmere apparel, the brand has expanded to include non-cashmere fashions including leathergoods, bags, shoes, and sportswear.

Brunello Cucinelli, Versace, Vancouver, Helen Siwak

Brunello Cucinelli, Versace, Vancouver, Helen Siwak

The company is headquartered in a 14th century castle on the top of a hill in the middle of Italy’s Umbria region; it donates 20% of profits to its charitable foundation and pays workers wages that are 20% higher than the industry average. According to its website, the brand is “firmly rooted in quality excellence, Italian craftsmanship and creativity.”

Ciao ciao,

Helen Siwak, On the Scene

(This article by Helen Siwak with images was originally published in VancityBuzz.com)