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July Events list

Jul 8 Planet Claire Sustainable Fashion's Grand Re-Opening at 51 Powell St. Come by their new location and enjoy the party and art reception. The evening will include an in-store installation by local artist Neal E. Nolan, catering by Cobre Restaurant, open bar and a one night only sale on Vancouver Designers Red Jade, Lav & Kush, Adhesif, Ella Peru and more! For more information email or phone 778-829-9275.
Jul 8 Fall 2011/12 Fashion Trend Seminar at The Vancouver Club (915 Hastings St. W.) Roxanne Murdoch presents Carlin International key themes for Fall 2011/12 and women's fashion trends for City and Casual. Dress code - business casual. No jeans, denim or cargo. 6pm- 8pm. Tix are $40 and available at
Jul 9 "Covergirls" Night Of Glitz, Glamour & Acrobatics at Canvas Lounge (99 Powell St.) A spectacular night of fashion, glamour, sex, music and acrobatics - leave all your inhibitions at the door. Guest host will be Niki Blasina and with music spun by DJ's Callie Cheveallier and Christian Alvarez. 9 p.m. - 3 a.m. Tix - $20 or VIP - $50 (includes champagne, chocolates and private VIP area with all the models.) Email or call 604-202-2097.
Jul 13 Cirque Mystique at the Heritage Hall (3102 Main St.) Graduating students from John Casablanca will be presenting a circus inspired fashion show full of colour, shapes and oversized accessories that scream "FUN". Donate $10 to Covenant House and try to pull a $50 gift card out of a hat or buy a raffle ticket to win a jumbo gift basket. Doors open at 6:30pm, show at 8:00pm. Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. For tix and information go to or phone 604-688-0328).
Jul 13-16 High Heel Design Camp at Kwantlen Polytechnic University (8771 Lansdowne Rd., Richmond) During this 4 day workshop, students will create themes and storyboards, draw simple fashion figures, drape fabrics and practice drawing on the computer with Adobe Photoshopİ . Each will leave with a personalized fashion portfolio. No previous experience necessary. 9:00am - 3pm. For more information go to
Jul 14 10 Year Anniversary Celebration for L'Atelier Hair Boutique at Society (1257 Hamilton St). Come celebrate L'Atelier's 10 years in business with this red carpet event. The evening will include DJ's Danny D and Spencer plus hors'douvres and door prizes. 7 pm - 1 am. RSVP to the, the Facebook event page or phone 604 685 2444.
Jul 16 Sex at the Circus at the Anza Club (3 W. 8th St.) East Vanity Parlour presents a seamless production of fashion, hair, art, burlesque and sideshow. Witness the incredible feats and stunning displays of local performers Neil E.Dee, Candy Curves, Spooksy DeLune, and the artist formerly known as Camero Luvroc. With guest performances from April O'Peel, Bugundy Brixx, Little Miss Risk, and Lola Frost. Featuring Costumes by Misty Greer Trunk Show and Bloody Betty Make-overs. Doors @ 8PM, Show @ 9PM. Advance tix available at East Vanity Parlour.
Jul 16-18 Lav & Kush at the Vancouver Folk Festival(Jericho Beach Park) Lav and Kush will be selling an amazing selection of spring and fall merchandise ALL at 50%-70% off. Grab summer dresses or cozy knits to take you from summer to fall. Items priced to clear. Friday 4:00 pm to 9:30 pm; Saturday & Sunday 9:00 am to 9:30 pm. Festival entry ticket needed. For information contact or call 604-218-7370.
Jul 16 - Aug 21 New Designer Showcase at The Velvet Room Boutique (2248 W. 41st). Kerrisdale comes alive during the summer months; music is played, vendors feature outdoor events This well established boutique has always combined classic and edgy fashion with exclusive service. Starting July 16th, every Friday and Saturday night they will be introducing their devoted customers to some extraordinary collections by new designers. For more information, check out the website at or call 604-264-8664.
Jul 22 - Rouge Make-up Lounge's Grand Opening at 1038 Hamilton Street. Vancouver's only exclusive make-up lounge offers a posh yet intimate space with 5 separate stations. Rouge offers personalized make-up consultations & professional makeovers in a relaxed, no-pressure environment.Our Grand Opening involves food, drinks, gifts and entertainment. Doors are open from 5-9pm. For more information, contact or call 604-681-1118.
Jul 25 Portobello West Fashion and Art Market at the Rocky Mountaineer Station (1755 Cottrell St.) Held on the last Sunday of every month from March to November and with a special holiday market in mid-December, Portobello West makes eco-apparel accessible, particularly from Vancouver designers. Find one-of-a-kind fashion and art from over 100 local creators each month, selling stylish eco-friendly options. 12-6 p.m. $2 admission (children under 12 free). For more information visit the website at


by Marilyn R. Wilson
Photography by Wayne Mah

The Heritage Hall on Main Street opened it's doors in June to the Fashion Business grad students from John Casablancas. Titled Pandemonium, the event was a salute to the cult side of fashion a la Tim Burton - "One person's craziness is another person's reality". The 18 graduating students handled all areas of production including: styling, media, music, sponsorship, promotion, staging, and models. The end result was a very creative presentation of the darker side of fashion - Victorian, Romantic and Goth all rolled into one.

Emceed by Vancouver Fashion eZine's own Steely Springham, the evening opened with lots of mingling, drinks and the chance to purchase raffle tickets. When it was time for the show, the tone was set by an unusual life-size skeleton puppet performance by Darryl Singh. Then models with dark make-up walked the runway to moody music spun by DJ Spicy California Roll. Clothing for the show was provided by Myexcloset, Armaan, Privilege, body politic, Mela, Art of Adornment, Amanda Quesnel and Regards. Proceeds from the evening went to benefit the Covenant House, a privately funded charity which provides support for young people in need.

For information on Covenant House go to For information on the Fashion Business program at John Casablancas go to

LuvNGrace/Masik Malene Grotrian Red Carpet
by Marilyn R. Wilson
Photography by Norm Lee

For their June Red Carpet event, LuvNGrace & Masik changed things up at Studio 538 by creating a exciting new layout. There was still a lot of room for the usual net-working, but the room also held a red carpet runway with low couches for VIP's in the front and a row of bar height chairs behind so everyone had a great view.

The evening was hosted by Meena Mann of FMA Entertainment Weekly with DJ Daniella Evangelista spinning the tunes. Walls were hung with great selection of original pop art paintings for guests to peruse created by local artist Jim Cummins. At the head of the runway, a large video screen showcased a non-stop kaleidoscope of fashion images that kept us entertained as we mixed and mingled. Then it was time for the main event - a celebrity-style couture fashion show by designer Malene Grotrian. A video of her successful debut in New York Fashion Week set the scene and then the models began to work the runway. We were treated to a mix of high-end evening wear in both long and short lengths: dresses, corsets, draped skirts and hooded wraps. Vibrant colours alternated with muted shades, a few striking prints and the ever popular black. Shoes and handbags were provided by Maria Brasil, a new line launching in September. The evening continued on into the wee hours at an Studio 54/Andy Warhol themed after party with pop artist Jim Cummins in attendance.

For information on future LuvNGrace & Masik events including the upcoming exclusive invite Monster Ball after party, visit the website at

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