The 8th Annual Deighton Cup 2016 | Off to the Races!On Saturday, July 16th 2016 Kuna Photography & Justin Voitic covered the 8th annual Deighton Cup 2016 for HUSH Magazine. 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. This event was filled with stylish and sexy individuals! The men were fine in their best dapper derby inspired looks. 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! 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. 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. 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! 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! To make things fair, Crystal Carson pulled self nominated fashionistas up on stage at random by drawing ballots. 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. 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. 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! Extra thanks to our friends at Veuve Clicquot for having us in your private booth and popping some of your delicious bubbles with us! 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!!! Article by Justin Voitic Photos by Kuna Photography 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
The Deighton Cup 2015 | Lucky Number 7Despite 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 Boulet who 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