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Diner en Blanc – Vancouver | 5th Anniversary

On Thursday August 18th 2016, those invited to join Vancouver’s Diner en Blanc celebrated it’s 5th anniversary in such a glamorous way. The largest one yet, totalling over 6000 people with 2000 more than previous years. One third of the stylish attendees were Le Diner en Blanc first time participants, joining the veterans as we all enjoyed a magical evening together! I (Justin Voitic) attended with my fave photographer Kuna Photography Group and were impressed as always not only by the effort those had put into their elegant all white looks, but by the extravagance of the table displays created but attendees who set up their own tables, linens and decorations as they dine al fresco. The Vancouver Circus School is always a stand out with their talented contortionists who showed off their gymnastic strength in these photos, sprayed in beautiful white and silver body paint and shimmery makeup artistry to suit the event. Crystal Carson the Style Director was a whimsical vision in white with a lace bustle, LED lights which took the dress day to night, an amazing fascinator and jewelry by the iconic Carolyn Bruce who creates incredible Steam-Punk jewelry. Our friends at Moet & Chandon hooked me up with a limited edition fan, which I had fun flapping as I felt it went well with my white feather plumed top hat and pearls which Dani Barnes had picked out for me. Thanks to Craig and the team inside the Media lounge for making our experience to entertaining, inside the Concord Pacific building which was air-conditioned and a nice breather to regroup as we sipped on delicious Rose before heading out again to continue our coverage. The climax was the memorable tradition of lighting the night aglow with sparklers, as everyone soaked up the experience and celebrated with new and old friends while Juno nominated band The Lost Fingers serenaded us to cap off the 5th year of Le Diner en Blanc- Vancouver We then head over to the after party to continue to dance the night away, as always we couldn’t shake off the afterglow of a blissful and unforgettable evening. Shoutout to The Social Concierge & Camber Communications for inviting us and rocking the event increasingly every year! See you next time, All images by Kuna Lu | Kuna Photography Group Article by Justin Voitic Source: HUSH Magazine
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The 8th Annual Deighton Cup 2016 | Off to the Races!

photo // kuna lu w // kunaphotography.com ig // @kunaphotography fb // www.fb.com/kunaphotographygroup fr // www.flickr.com/photos/kunaphotography On Saturday, July 16th 2016 Kuna Photography & Justin Voitic covered the 8th annual Deighton Cup 2016 for HUSH Magazine. photo // kuna lu w // kunaphotography.com ig // @kunaphotography fb // www.fb.com/kunaphotographygroup fr // www.flickr.com/photos/kunaphotography We had a rousing time as all the hottest Vancouver fashionistas gathered at the Hastings Racetrack for a good old fashioned day at the races. The sweet smell of cigar smoke was in the air, you could hear the sound of champagne bottles popping amidst laughter and great conversations. photo // kuna lu w // kunaphotography.com ig // @kunaphotography fb // www.fb.com/kunaphotographygroup fr // www.flickr.com/photos/kunaphotography photo // kuna lu w // kunaphotography.com ig // @kunaphotography fb // www.fb.com/kunaphotographygroup fr // www.flickr.com/photos/kunaphotography This event was filled with stylish and sexy individuals! The men were fine in their best dapper derby inspired looks. photo // kuna lu w // kunaphotography.com ig // @kunaphotography fb // www.fb.com/kunaphotographygroup fr // www.flickr.com/photos/kunaphotography The women were also dressed to the nines, and I think I saw some of the largest and most ornate fascinators to date this year as everyone went all out on their looks! photo // kuna lu w // kunaphotography.com ig // @kunaphotography fb // www.fb.com/kunaphotographygroup fr // www.flickr.com/photos/kunaphotography We saw excited bidders waving their tickets and shouting for the horse they had placed their bets on as the horses raced around the tracks with impressive speed. photo // kuna lu w // kunaphotography.com ig // @kunaphotography fb // www.fb.com/kunaphotographygroup fr // www.flickr.com/photos/kunaphotography It’s always a pleasure to see the owner of The Optical Boutique (who recently fitted Kuna with some stylish new frames which I was coveting that day) Sue Randhawa – this woman is not only a dear friend and a sweet soul but she is a style icon who we are fortunate to have with us here in Vancouver. photo // kuna lu w // kunaphotography.com ig // @kunaphotography fb // www.fb.com/kunaphotographygroup fr // www.flickr.com/photos/kunaphotography Sue was one of the judges of the Deighton Cup Style Stakes Awards, which we enjoyed watching this year. Stephanie Zen who attended with us and myself also self-nominated ourselves which was a new feature this year. Stephanie was rocking a baby blue number with a matching Hermes Kelly bag which gave me life! photo // kuna lu w // kunaphotography.com ig // @kunaphotography fb // www.fb.com/kunaphotographygroup fr // www.flickr.com/photos/kunaphotography Kudos to Crystal Carson, the Style Director of the Deighton Cup who really did a fab job teaching everyone the fashion etiquette and history of the event with her fun posts and news appearances leading up to this year’s cup. It looks like everyone took note as the crowd was looking extra chic this year! photo // kuna lu w // kunaphotography.com ig // @kunaphotography fb // www.fb.com/kunaphotographygroup fr // www.flickr.com/photos/kunaphotography To make things fair, Crystal Carson pulled self nominated fashionistas up on stage at random by drawing ballots. photo // kuna lu w // kunaphotography.com ig // @kunaphotography fb // www.fb.com/kunaphotographygroup fr // www.flickr.com/photos/kunaphotography One of our lovely friends Dominique Hanke was called up on stage, and I was obsessing over her hat which she crafted beautifully. The legendary Liz Bell did the final judging and the best dressed man and woman were awarded each $500 for the Style Stakes Awards. photo // kuna lu w // kunaphotography.com ig // @kunaphotography fb // www.fb.com/kunaphotographygroup fr // www.flickr.com/photos/kunaphotography I pulled my outfit together last minute out of my closet using clothes I had purchased with my personal shopper who you should all go visit at Topman, Mr. Nano Clow. I was rocking accessories pulled from the company I work for, LXR&CO also located in Hudson’s Bay. Specializing in vintage luxury we just moved our location upstairs to the Main Floor in handbags. From LXR&CO at this event I was wearing Tom Ford glasses, a damier ebene Louis Vuitton briefcase, and a Balenciaga clutch wallet. You can purchase all three for under $2000 which is an excellent value. I always love to rock eco-fashion looks so I paired my pre-loved LXR&CO luxury swag with a vintage fox fur that I had thrifted. photo // kuna lu w // kunaphotography.com ig // @kunaphotography fb // www.fb.com/kunaphotographygroup fr // www.flickr.com/photos/kunaphotography After the winners were announced, the music kicked back in and the party really started to pick up as the sun came out and we made our way to enjoy the complimentary meals, which were delicious! photo // kuna lu w // kunaphotography.com ig // @kunaphotography fb // www.fb.com/kunaphotographygroup fr // www.flickr.com/photos/kunaphotography Extra thanks to our friends at Veuve Clicquot for having us in your private booth and popping some of your delicious bubbles with us! photo // kuna lu w // kunaphotography.com ig // @kunaphotography fb // www.fb.com/kunaphotographygroup fr // www.flickr.com/photos/kunaphotography With over 4000 attendees this year, The Deighton Cup is just getting bigger and more amazing each year, also more fierce as everyone really does go all out which is nice to see in Vancouver! Props to Camber Communications for doing a fabulous job, and it was so great to see everyone. See you all next at Diner en Blanc, Vancouver!!! photo // kuna lu w // kunaphotography.com ig // @kunaphotography fb // www.fb.com/kunaphotographygroup fr // www.flickr.com/photos/kunaphotography Article by Justin Voitic Photos by Kuna Photography Source: HUSH Magazine
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BTS: THECloset YVR Launches with Thanks to VIPs & Friends

THECloset YVR Interior
On Friday night (August 21st) Vlassis and I proudly opened the door and many bottles of wine, to a small gathering of our VIPs. ‘Very Important People‘ who helped us either emotionally, financially or physically along our journey of opening Vancouver’s first ecoluxury lifestyle boutique (possibly Canada’s?). It was an intimate evening of hugs and smiles followed by a second party Saturday afternoon to which we invited all our fashion industry friends. The concept of opening a niche retail boutique that sells only curated luxury at an affordable price point – be it new or vintage – alongside BC artisan pieces with a strong focus on value-added customer service, was met with a lot of skepticism and trepidation. But we did it anyways! Collage 7 BC Artisan vendor products: Reclaimed Print Co and our exclusive nautical screened pieces, Basic Design, Me&YouBody vegan personal grooming products, and an array of Gianfranco Ferre vintage ties. We want to first thank Vancity Credit Unions Hormus Karat (Branch #4 Manager) and Josh Ludgate from Small Business BC for taking a chance on us. The process was months long but together we pulled it off and Hormus and his lovely wife Berndette joined us and it really made our evening! Our mentor Craig Patterson of Retail-Insider and Winston Collective was traveling and unable to make the VIP party but we know how proud he is. We cannot express how valuable lawyer Ritchie Po is to our business. Not only is he a fantastic friend but his Knotwerk By Ritchie Po is gaining momentum and the highest read content on our FB and website! Conceptualizing and shooting the weekly style column is always so much fun.
The Closet YVR, Ritchie Po, Vlassis Xanthopoulos, Helen Siwak, Vancouver, YVR, Vancity, Luxury, Resellers
THECloset YVR: Style Writer Ritchie Po of #KnotwerkByRitchiePo (Lanvin tie, Varvatos vest & Fluevog shoes), co-founders Vlassis Xanthopoulos (PhatFarm shirt) and Helen Siwak (Armani dress and Bulgari pendant fromModaselle).
mary quant, soap rebel, basic design, reclaimed print
L: Collectible vintage Mary Quant and soft blue gemstone Cartier scarf. R: La Cigale: Senteurs Provencales shaving and gift boxes, Tracey Tomtene custom necklaces that say“Like a Boss, Girl Boss, Do Epic Shit, EcoLuxLuv”.
Even though I have known Dominique Hanke and Joshua Langston for a long time, it is only recently that we have really come together as close friends. Both have been incredibly supportive over the past year and always have a ‘chin up’ approach to any of the seemingly unsolvable and/or insane situations we find ourselves in.
Left to Right: Helen Siwak, Lead In-House Stylist Dominique Hanke of HankeStyle, Joshua Langston of The Social Life.
Left to Right: The Triumvirate: Helen Siwak, with Lead In-House Stylist Dominique Hanke of HankeStyle in Graeme Black gown, Joshua Langston of The Social Life wearing head to toe thrifted! This is how you do it: shirt by Religion, bag by Alexander Wang, belt by Versace Jeans Couture, pants by DSquared2 & footwear by Louis Vuitton.
Jaralin Detienne is a new friend and supporter. I met a woman in the puppy park late one night and she took my card for a friend of a friend who wanted to do consignment. Jaralin came into the boutique with the most beautiful runway collection consignment and literally never went home! She offered to help immediately with the set-up of the boutique, the party, everything we needed until the party was over and we closed the doors. Amazing! She is a singer – click her name for her youtube channel. Dr. Jeff Matthews is a physicist turned animal rights activist and President of Sea Shepherd Canada. As proud he is of us, we are equally as proud of him. His encouragement and availability as a sounding board for our ecofriendly business strategies was invaluable. THECloset YVR is honoured to be named the exclusive distributor of Sea Shepherd Canada merchandise. Await the announcement and come visit for t-shirts and beanies in a month or so. Orianna Lacey of TheMarketingSmith was our hostess and lent her shining personality to welcoming everyone. She is hitting Vancouver like a hurricane with her vibrant force. THECloset YVR provided her a two piece Gianni Versace Couture vintage set to stand-out in her important role.
Left to Right: Entertainer Jaralin Detienne, Sea Shepherd's Jeff Matthews, Hostess Orianna Lacey of TheMarketingSmith, Edmond Lee of Jo Malone / Estee Lauder
Left to Right: Singer Songwriter Jaralin Detienne (Alexander McQueen dress), Sea Shepherd’s Jeff Matthews / Hostess Orianna Lacey of TheMarketingSmith, Edmond Lee of Jo Malone & Estee Lauder in amazing Miu Miu kicks.
Art afficienado Wesley Yuen and husband Patrick Prinster
Ritchie’s guests: Wesley Yuen of Artistrun Collective holding DSquared2 Top Banana belt with husband Patrick Prinster.
amanda harris, ritchie po, thecloset yvr, helen siwak
Ritchie’s friend Amanda Harris snapping pics and chatting about knotty things.
Rebecca Rachel, Helen Siwak, Jason Pillay
Left to Right: Rebecca Rachel of Serendipity Boutique (Chanel bag & Valentino rockstuds), Helen Siwak and her former intern, stylist & dancer Jason Pillay.
Aaron Thul, Edmond Lee, Matthew Saunders, Jason Pillay and Rebecca Rachel
Matthew Saunders of Holt Renfrew, Edmond Lee, Aaron Thul VP of EMOL / Jason and Rebecca.
Aaron Thul, Ritchie Po, Matt O'Grady
Aaron, Ritchie and Matt O’Grady of BC Business looking cool in casual chic.
Rebecca Rachel, Nyalem, Helen Siwak, Vlassis Xanthopoulos, Wesley Yuen, Orianna Lacey
Clockwise: Rebecca, Model Nyalem Wan / Nyalem, Helen Siwak & Vlassis Xanthopoulos / Wesley and Orianna.
Bling, modaselle, bulgari, tahari, louis vuitton, miu miu, hermes
Clockwise: Helen’s decolletage, fancy footwear including Josh’s vintage Louis Vuitton two-tones, Edmond’s Miu Miu and style blogger Tahmina of Alouve.com and her Hermes handbag.
Before photographer Kuna Lu arrived some of our invitee’s stopped by and we were so excited that we forgot to get pictures – apologies to Sue RandhawaBritta Bisig,Myriam Laroche, and Randa Salloum. Our La Biosthetique gal, Michelle Phaneuf was on a well deserved cruise and did not attend but we made sure everyone received a sponsored giftbag complete with La Bios products and other goodies from our sponsors and vendors.
Gift bags sponsored by La Biosthetique
Gift bags sponsored by La Biosthetique.
We dined on Plantbase Food & Natural Products vegan appetizers that blew everyone away! Thank you chef David Isbister for the amazing food, incredible pricing and convenient delivery. Plantbase, natural, foods, david isbister Documenting the deliciousness: 1. Chocolate-enrobed Paleo Cookie Dough Truffle, 2. BBQ “Pork” Style Jackfruit with Arugula and crisped onion, 3. Cashew Cheddar, Sweet Pickled Beet Root on a raw flax seed/tomato/onion cracker – topped with a pinch of raw probiotic cultured cabbage, 4. Fried Chinese Eggplant strip with fresh Coconut Sesame Slaw. Thank you to everyone! We’ve got a great group of people supporting us and we are grateful. Helen & Vlassis
  Writing by Helen Siwak | THECloset YVR Photography by Kuna Lu | Kuna Photography Group Source: THECloset YVR
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Luxury & Supercar Weekend 2015

Luxury & Supercar Weekend rolled into the beautiful VanDusen Botanical Garden on September 12 and 13 to stage $200M+ of rare classics and modern supercars. It must be the Season of the Witch as everything was getting kinda Groovy! PS – We loved the Johnny Depp-esque male model who did his thing on the runway. Lady in Red – wasn’t this look everything? The Luxury & Supercar Weekend is also known for showcasing Canada’s largest display of fine jewelry.  We passed two armed guards strapped with machine guns and handguns to enter a tent which contained millions of dollars worth of diamonds and fine jewelry in “The Vault” hosted by Luxury Promotions Inc. We were so inspired by Sophie Mizrahi-Rubel, the President of John Rubel – this jewelry company has a beautiful history and the company has been passed down to her through generations. She has reincorporated some of the classic John Rubel designs and upgraded them with a 2015 twist and was kind enough to take some of these pieces, priced at $700,000 each out of the glass cases for us as she told us more about John Rubel. Sophie even allowed me to wear one of her most precious pieces – a multi faceted ring with sapphires, which is a 2015 take on the multi coloured diamond cuff shown below, which is an original John Rubel piece of history and was breathtaking! Writing by Justin Voitic Photography by Kuna Photography Group Source: HUSH Magazine
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Diner en Blanc 2015 Vancouver

#DEBVAN & Justin Voitic

My partner in Fashion, (rather than crime) the talented photographer Kuna Lu & I attended the 4th annual Diner en Blanc – Vancouver on Tuesday Aug 25th, which was held this year at Canada Place and was well attended by 4500 guests!

As we signed in we saw many familiar faces and met some new friends as well! Shout out to Steven Schelling and his fabulous team at Camber Communications for our invites to Diner en Blanc – Vancouver this year as well as the last event we covered together, The Deighton Cup! After checking in, we were entertained by the talented contortionists and circus performers from the Vancouver Circus School.

We made our way upstairs to the media area where we enjoyed some bubbly sponsored byCharton-Hobbs and delicious canapés provided by the excellent Hawksworth Restaurant.

After bumping into several familiar faces and colleagues in the media such as Christie Lohr the creator of StyleNineToFive, we headed back down and took in some of the creative ways that the attendees set up their tables to dine in Blanc al fresco.

I stopped to have a moment of fun with the Marie Antoinette ladies in white from Zynth & co.

Kuna and I were pleasantly surprised by the live and first ever real wedding that took place at Diner en Blanc Vancouver, as Rachel & Sam Merrell got married with all of us as their guests witnessing this beautiful moment of love.

We continued rounds as the event this year was split up into several different zones as Kuna snapped pictures of several guests with their friends at their gorgeously decorated tables. At 9pm, after the sun set we all celebrated with a memorable moment of unity as we lit our sparklers and rejoiced in wonderful company.

After the sparklers died down, I enjoyed bumping into my friend Jessica Luxe & her man while and making some new friends along the way as we headed through the crowds en blanc ending up at the main stage.

The party began as the music played on the main stage. I even had time to squeeze in a dance on the floor and a fist pump after checking out talented artist Johnny Taylor who was painting his abstract canvases live in front of the guests.

We had a blast and it was so awesome seeing all of you in your beautiful outfits. I leave you all with some of my favourite peeps as well as my top picks for best looks of the evening. Thanks for having us and see you next year!

See you soon!

Yours Truly,

Writing by Justin Voitic Photography by Kuna Photography Group Source: HUSH Magazine
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The Deighton Cup 2015 | Lucky Number 7

Despite a rainy day prior, we enjoyed the perfect amount of heat to keep all of our fascinators & fedoras in place for the lucky number seven edition (7th annual year) of The Deighton Cup 2015 presented by The Social Concierge, MMG Group, Camber Communications & more. Kuna Lu & I skipped the insanely long line and headed straight for the Media check-in to get our wristbands, admiring many adorned headpieces, gorgeous floral sundresses, and dapper gents on our way down. We first checked out the Veuve Clicqout VIP lounge for some bubbles & snapped some stylish guys & dolls sporting their best “Day at the Races” inspired looks. The sweet smell of cigar smoke filled the air and the jazz band played as we were transported into another time & place with the glamour. Could this really be Vancouver, or were my eyes playing tricks on me? There was not a yoga pant in sight! ? I entered the Style Stakes-Best Dressed Awards, presented by Market One Media Group Inc.hosted by SHAW TV’s Fiona Forbes, where the best-dressed “Belle Du Jour & Gallant Sartorialist” win $500 each at The Deighton Cup. The prize was well deserved and won by couple Lucy Orellana-Lopez & her man Michael Boulewho both embodied the alternative/pin-up/indie version of this award. Michael helped Lucy with the construction on her beautiful hat, both are such a creative couple!

Horses sped by with jockeys riding like the wind during gallops my friend Michelle & her man had their money ($500 each) on #5. 

Dominique Hanke looking adorable sporting her newest creation (loved this fascinator!) and enjoying some delicious organic cotton candy by Petite Puf! Dom is wearing a beautiful red dress designed by Connally McDougall!

I had fun checking out the Luxury Cars – my fave was the orange Mclaren that Nicki Minaj owns

Overall I met some cool peeps, shared some laughs, saw some old friends & enjoyed this event very much! Thanks for having us!!

See you next at Diner en Blanc Vancouver!

Writing by Justin Voitic Photography by Kuna Photography Group Source: HUSH Magazine
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