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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!

THE 2013 DAVID BOWIE FASHION GLAM-BALL

THE 2013 DAVID BOWIE FASHION GLAM-BALL - March 14, 2013

If I could name the biggest fan of David Bowie in this city, I would say Vernard Goud of the LUVNGRACE-AFFAIR.  And he just happened to present a fabulous party celebrating Bowie’s first in 10-year album release of The Next Day, inviting all Bowie fans to his FASHION GLAM-BALL.  It was a truly outrageous tribute filled with Bowie inspired music, dance, and fashion, with guests actively taking part by adorning themselves with costumes and makeup in the Bowie style.  The event took place at the newly established Vancouver Fanclub and was hosted by Fashion TV’s Mandy Ross, and included fashion shows featuring: MITMUNKNANCY PERREAULT, and PRETTY BASTARD.

And a sparkly bicycle helmet.  Anyways, I just take the photos, so see them below! 

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.

The Parlour Yaletown Fashion Shows Mixer

THE PARLOUR YALETOWN FASHIONSHOWS MIXER – January 28, 2013

LuvnGrace & Bella Garnet Beauty Salon presented a social mixer and series of fashion shows this Monday at The Parlour Yaletown, a stylish restaurant at the heart of Yaletown.  It was hosted by Fashion TV’s Mandy Ross and formulated in association with promoter Vernard Goud.

The Parlour features a menu festooned with comfort foods, featuring a variety of artist inspired gourmet pizzas, i.e. #swag.  Even the pizzas have hashtags, but it includes golden honey as a topping (!).  Drinks wise, in addition to the variety of beers, the lounge is most well characterized by the wines on tap.  So I guess I would have to call it a pizza and wine parlour.

The relaxed and classy atmosphere was the perfect place for a social mixer.  A place where
one can appreciate culture and art, in this case via fashion shows.  Comfortable antique wooden sofas included.

Featured Fashion Shows (in order of appearance):

TRINA MARIE CAIRNS bringing the western high fashion dresses, combined with all the hattery by HIVE MIND MILLINERY

New pieces from the always bold and unique ROGUE DESIGNS

Sexy Peruvian designer swimwear via QISPI KAY BIKINIS

NANCY PERREAULT featuring shiny sparkles and Justin Voitic w/ Mickey Mouse Sunglasses

With the featured fashionware encasing the NUMA MODELS and (some) JAGERMODELS. 

Pink Elephant Thai VIP Christmas Party

Pink Elephant Thai VIP Christmas Party

This past Monday, LuvnGrace threw a VIP Christmas Party at Pink Elephant Thai, which included fashion shows from Timeline Boutique, Smooch Boutique Swimwear & Element 7 Style. The venue was packed, housing hoards of models, photographers, media pro’s and a few notable Vancouver names.

Smooch Boutique showcased a very diverse line of edgy women’s swimwear, with pieces that were young, playful and (at times) daring. With collection names like “Adore Me”, “All Dolled Up”, “Resort Chic” & “Lounge Chic” it’s obvious that there’s something here for every woman, for any occasion that calls for swimwear. Needless to say, the vision of swimsuits had just about everybody in the room longing for summer…

Timeline Boutique is a consignment shop specializing in high-end women’s wear, boasting brands like Louis Vuitton, Betsey Johnson, Fendi and Jimmy Choo. Timeline is one of only a handful of high-end consignment shops in Vancouver, and they offer up dozens of brands at up to 90% off retail. A friend who frequents Timeline said that a lot of the clothes they carry still have the tags on them (Christmas shopping, anyone?) Now, if only they carried menswear…

Last but not least was Element 7 Style – a company specializing in body jewelry. The brand makes cool, edgy pieces that can instantly dress up even the simplest of outfits. Most of the pieces have been “upcycled” – that is, made from a combination of vintage and new materials. I’ve actually been familiar with Element 7 for a while – the lead in a film I worked on in 2011 wore some of their pieces in several scenes, and just about every woman on set needed to know where they were from.

This was my first time visiting Pink Elephant Thai, so my friends and I sampled a few items off the menu – all of which were amazing. If you’re thinking of checking it out, I’d suggest wrangling a few friends and sharing one of their group platters (huge variety of food & good portion sizes). Their signature bright pink booths, in-house DJ, great menu and all-around cool vibe make for a great joint to grab some dinner, or have a few cocktails (or if you’re me, do both).

Who said Mondays couldn’t be any fun? ;)

Beauty Night Society Fundraiser

Beauty Night Society “Luxury Travel, Art & Beauty Fundraiser” by LuvNGrace, Artistrun Collective & Golden Brush Art Events - November 26, 2012

Imagine the Ultimate Vancouver Fundraiser Variety show at the most fantastic venue and the perfect fusion of music, visual arts, fashion, and charity.  Well, stop imagining, because it already happened.  The event took place at the fabulous Fortune Sound Club and organized and hosted by Beauty Night SocietyVernard Goud: a curator of fantastic events in ever changing locations,  Kirsten Larsen of the Artistrun Collective, and Golden Brush Art Events.

They were daring enough to run the event competing with the concurrently performing Paul McCartney and Bruce Springsteen concerts.  Even with the tag-team of heavy hitter opponents such as those, the fundraiser still drew in quite a crowd, and anyone who didn’t make it definitely missed out.  The fundraiser was in association with Beauty Night Society, a Canadian charity that assists women in poverty via promoting self esteem and wellness by providing many essential services including makeovers and life skill development.

The show was presented by the Vancouver Television host Mandy Ross.  The lineup included a painting competition, fashion shows, live musical performances by Jody Quine and Diane Reyes, body art by Kristen Grant, Visual slide photography show by Disposable Landscapes, and DJ Boy Meets Girl.  It also included silent auctions (for the fundraiser) and booths giving product demonstrations for health and beauty products and services.

Live Battle of the Brush painting competition was held by Golden Brush Art Events.  Three teams of  two talented artists (with Bill Higginson + Jamil Keyani, Olga Rybalko + John Shaw, and Raymond Chow + Arlana Green) battle it out live and on location and under a time limit, and to be judged by the guests at the event for the ultimate win.  This prestigious award went to Olga Rybalko and John Shaw with the Swans, and in addition to the coveted victory, they also won a trip to Las Vegas for their awesome work.

The first fashion show featured the Numa Models displaying the crafty design skills of One Piece Vancouver with The Optical Boutique, and Rogue Designs.  The first show was featuring One Piece Vancouver with their awesome locally handmade indie boutique scarves, coupled with the unique eye ware from The Optical Boutique for a one-two accessory combo. This was later followed by a second show with the strong, bold and unique Rogue Designs.  Read more about Rogue Designs Fashion at our previous coverage!

All the while, Brent Ray Fraser was giving a performance in composite visual arts, combining painting with live-action abstract performance art that was a show in it self.  It involved candles, a banana and stripping (i.e. clothes).

Read about the products that were demonstrated (note: I’m not endorsed by any of them at all, and all of this is unsolicited), and scroll down to see more photos!

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LuvnGrace, BUN & Chinois Present: BUN Sesso 2012 Collection with Jennyfleur Loves & Rogue Fashion Shows

LuvnGrace, BUN & Chinois Present: BUN Sesso 2012 Collection with Jennyfleur Loves & Rogue Fashion Shows

If there’s anything cooler than Vernard Goud’s hair, it’s the events he throws. Vernard is a veteran event planner & promoter in town, putting on events that incorporate anything and everything from fashion showsto charities to live performances and everything in between. He has his finger on the pulse of Vancouver’s arts and culture scene, with his company, LuvnGrace Affair, throwing events on a (near) weekly basis.

Hosted at the uber trendy Chinois (located in Yaletown), the restaurant was transformed into an intimate runway where Carola Bun, Jennyfleur Loves and Rogue all launched their latest collections. The event was emceed by Mandy Ross, who is no stranger to hosting – she can currently be seen on Vancouver Television, and the soon-to-be-launched Fashion Television.

Jewelry designer Carola Bun proudly launched the updated collection of her BUN line. “The new collection is like nothing we’ve ever done before,” she began. “It’s edgy, it’s sexy, it’s kind of racy, whereas our previous collections are perfectly symmetrical and elegant and classical.” Carola says the new collection came naturally to her, being inspired by her own go-with-the-flow, free-spirited mentality. I’m a big fan of Carola for a few reasons – first and foremost, she’s a true entrepreneur, having built Bun from the ground up. She makes high-quality, gorgeous necklaces that stand the test of time – I bought my sister a BUN necklace as a wedding gift, and she ended up wearing it as she walked down the aisle (and still wears it whenever she can).

Jennyfleur Loves is another local company that showcased their line at the event. The boutique is located in the heart of Yaletown (right across the street from Chinois) and carries a unique array of womenswear. Owned and operated by a mother/daughter combo, they only sell clothes that they personally love – and clearly, these ladies have goodtaste! Womenswear or not, I want the Vlieger & Vandam iPad case they carry… but I guess I should buy an iPad first, shouldn’t I?

Rogue made their big Vancouver debut, launching their line of hard edge couture. I’m no fashion connoisseur, but the line was pretty badass. Rogue incorporated lots of leather, metal and period pieces, giving off a very steampunk vibe. Some of the looks reminded me of the amazing wardrobe in Zack Snyder’s ‘Sucker Punch’.
Here’s the thing I love about Vernard’s events –they bring out such a wide range of people with varying passions, professions and backgrounds that you’ll get the opportunity to meet and mingle with anyone and everyone. I met a woman named Helen Siwak, who runs online dating sites strictly for smokers and people with tattoos (awesome), all the while running Kitsilano Kitty’s Closet – a vintage shop specializing in designer clothing. Check them out – they’re local and they support  great causes (10% of all sales go toward local animal charities). The Sociables will be at Helen’s upcoming Animalicious Art & Animal Extravaganza event on Saturday, December 8th! Stay tuned for more on that.

In the meantime, check out the full photo gallery (below)!