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Fashion Cares: Human Trafficking Awareness & Fundraiser

Fashion Cares: Human Trafficking Awareness & FundraiserMarch 28, 2013

Last Thursday, Vernard Goud of LuvNGrace threw a fantastic event at the gorgeous Waterfall Building to help raise awareness and raise money to fight human trafficking. It was an intimate event that included fashion shows by Smitten DesignsCarnal Designs, Amanda Jackson Designs for swimwear, and Anna Talbot, while renowned artist Miriam Aeroeste showcased a series of her painted works. The event was sponsored by Danier Leather, Lancome Paris, and the wonderful Deborah’s Gate organization, which helps victims of human trafficking.

Glendene Grant gave a touching speech about her daughter, Jessie Foster, who has been missing for seven years. Jessie had been travelling across North America, and was recruited by someone in Calgary for a job in Las Vegas. Her whereabouts from there on out are unknown, but it is believed that she fell victim to an international human trafficking ring. It was definitely difficult to hear what Glendene and her husband have been through these past seven years, but they’ve been doing everything in their power to raise awareness about the human trafficking industry (my naive self had no idea it was such a prominent industry in North America). Glendene and her husband haven’t given up the search for Jessie – you can learn more about their daughter’s story at http://www.jessiefoster.ca/

The event was hosted by Mandy Ross of Fashion TV and Press Play Establishment. I had a chance to catch up with Mandy, who’s got a lot of interesting projects on the horizon, including future hosting duties with LuvnGrace and other media outlets in town. To keep up with Mandy, check out her official website at http://mandy-ross.com/ - always really refreshing to meet other people with a ton of drive and passion for what they do!

Other attendees included the always amazing Tamara Ryan of Earth Essence Jewelry, Pam Jackson of Street Cat DesignsTimeline Boutique’s Azura Cook (who also happens to style Mandy) international supermodel Kecia Nyman, and the extremely talented Nancy Perreault, who has some exciting new designs up her sleeve, including an expanded menswear line!

Upcoming Event: ‘Fashion Cares’ Human Trafficking Awareness/Fundraiser

Mark your calendars, Sociables. This coming Thursday (March 28th), LuvnGrace, Lancome Paris, Danier Leather and Bella Garnet Beauty Salon present ‘Fashion Cares’ – a human trafficking awareness & fundraiser at the Waterfall Building in Olympic Village (1540 West 2nd Avenue).

The event will be hosted by Fashion TV’s Mandy Ross, and will feature shows by Danier Leather, Anna Talbot, Amanda Jackson Swimwear, Carnal Designs and Smitten Designs.

Tickets are just $70, with 30% going directly to Deborah’s Gate – an organization that seeks to provide a safe and restorative environment that supports female victims of human trafficking. You can grab your tickets at Bella Garnet (1042 Hamilton Street), or order them online through www.luvngraceaffair.com.

La Saint Valentin at The Waterfall Building

La Saint Valentin at The Waterfall Building – February 14, 2013

Don’t have someone to give you chocolates and flowers on Valentines Day?  Well just go out to a fabulous nightlife event.  ‘La Saint Valentin’ was a full featured evening of art, culture and fashion, and far more than just an excuse to get away from the couple-focused Valentines event.

This spectacular event was hosted at The Waterfall Building, an excellent and classy choice of venue.  The evening’s itinerary were presented by Vernard Goud of LuvnGrace and Hennessy Cognac and hosted by FashionTV’s Mandy Ross.  The fabulous (normally skylit) glass enclosure called the Waterfall Building sparkled under the night sky and was adorned by a gallery of visual arts by Miriam AroesteStacy Sakai, and Liza Lee.

Professional fashion apparel operators strutted the wares of their respective designers.  The fashion show lineup included Nicole BridgerNancy Perreault with Hive Mind Millinery, Designs by Guylaine Theriault, Sans Soucie and Pretty Bstard, including accessories by Mishe Jewels and Smitten Designs.  These shows were interspersed by live musical performances featuring Jim Cummins, Jan Sam, and Sarah K.

The evening wasn’t over when the shows ended.  The guests had a chance to chat with the artists and models, including many photo opportunities.  All this amounted to a perfect night of beauty and art for those who were looking for more than a romantic night for two.  What does it mean for the rest of the people?  As far as I’m concerned the true secrets of Valentines day can be found with mini cupcakes.  And cognac.