By Joshua Langston

Photos by Viranlly Liemena

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If Big Smoke was the foreplay to our weekend at the races, the day of the Deighton Cup was definitely the climax. I felt like a virgin getting ready for prom night while planning my look for the big event. Everything needed to be perfect,
cause who knew what was going to happen.

After all of the attention I received last year for my look, this year I had to amp it up just a smidgen more. I decided yet again to collaborate with Vancouver’s top milliner, Dominique Hanke of Hive Mind Millinery. This time when we met at her atelier and I got to take part in the entire process, for a custom piece for me to wear on the day. She had me at “colour blocked” when describing her vision for my hat, all I knew is I wanted a bright red pop. The day I picked up my hat I had one of those “OMG. OMG. OMG.” moments. From the majestic tall straw crown, to red felt brim and chocolate sash with citrine detailing, it was perfection. With such a bold statement piece upon my head, the pressure was on to put the rest together. Her hats are so incredible that instead of finding the right hat for the look, I had to find the right look for the hat.

With only a couple days before Deighton Cup I had been so swamped, it seemed as though all I would be wearing is this marvellous chapeau, until I got a call from Clarissa Gallaccio of Clarisky Clothing. She recently launched a new website featuring her “sweet pleat” skirts, a definite must have in every girls closet, but newer still, a line of pleated bow ties. With less than 48 hours notice she put together a custom pleated bow tie that perfectly matched my hat, even to the brown accent. I was absolutely thrilled when I received it promptly on the day before Deighton Cup, and found the light at the end of the tunnel in regards to deciding my look.

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My friends Tricia Delicia (Her pet name says it all, she is deliciously gorgeous), Jessica Thompson (You’ll recognize her as one of our stunning models from “Romance at the Races” and Viranlly met at my place before grabbing a cab to the venue. While we entered the venue we met with Anna Thorsen the Creative Director of bypoststreet (Also the Founder and Editor at Large for The Social Life), wearing a stunning printed dress and a hat created by Artist Kat Thorsen.

Viranlly Liemena, Jessica Thompson, Tricia Delicia, Anna Thorsen, Lyndi Barrett, Joshua Langston

Viranlly Liemena, Jessica Thompson, Tricia Delicia, Anna Thorsen, Lyndi Barrett, Joshua Langston

We were greeted at the entrance by Lyndi Barrett of LJ PR, a top boutique PR Agency here in Vancouver. Lyndi was apart of the PR team for Deighton Cup & was coordinating the logistics for Miss America.  Her Look was incredible, which is something Lyndi is already well known for. Lyndi was also wearing a bold navy fascinator by Hive Mind Millinery which looked edgy/chic.

Lyndi Barrett in Custom Hive Mind Millinery

The style for Deighton Cup was to be expected, INCREDIBLE. I was seriously impressed by both the ladies and the gentlemen, however, today the ladies were the ones that really brought it. You could tell the time and effort that was put into some of the looks, as I walked around the venue the level of the fashion barometer was consistently rising. This made my next task exceedingly difficult. I was selected to be the head judge for the “Style Stakes” competition along side Miss America Mallory Hagan, Bria Lear Editor-in-Chief at Framework Magazine, Tyson Villeneuve and Jordan Kallman of The Social Concierge. The Shangri La hotel had donated an amazing “Weekend Getaway” package including a 2 night stay, dinner for two and spa treatments for two. As part of the prize they will have their name engraved on the Deighton cup beside the winning jockey and horses name, with “Best Dressed” beside it. Once I heard about the prize pack I may have wished I was not judging the contest, I feel like I had a good shot  at winning.

Bria Lear Editor-n-Chief at Framework Magazine

 All of the sudden I could hear the purr of a car engine and a crowd of people forming right by the entrance of the venue, I made my way down to discover that Miss America Mallory Hagan had arrived. When I say she arrived, I mean she ARRIVED, in a convertible Rolls Royce by Miles End Motors no less.

Mallory Hagan in Joseph Ribkoff and Hive Mind Millinery

Mallory Hagan in Joseph Ribkoff and Hive Mind Millinery

Another day and another beautiful Joseph Ribkoff dress, todays look was a body-con dress with a black panel down the center while the side panels were champagne with a lace overlay. The look was stunning and was magnified by an INCREDIBLE custom fascinator by Hive Mind Millenry which could not have complimented the look more perfectly. From the car she clicked her Louboutin clad feet over to Mana Mansour of Global BC for a live interview.

Mallory Hagan being interviewed LIVE by Mana Mansour of Global TV

 After her interview Mallory and I chatted for a bit and told me about a VERY embarrassing moment that happened on her way to Deighton Cup (You will have to read our interview to find out what happened). I began to scour the venue looking for my final nominees for the “Style Stakes”. I squeezed in a quick interview with Novus TV’s Natalie Langston to talk about what I was looking for in my finalists for the “Style Stakes”.

Photo Credit: Kuna Lu of Kuna Photography Group

Photo Credit: Kuna Lu of Kuna Photography Group

I picked four ladies as my best dressed nominees for “Style Stakes” and it wasn’t easy. They all brought a completely different vibe and aesthetic to the event. Kelsey Klassen Scaldaferri spent over TEN HOURS making her hat. You really needed to see this hat up close, it was literally EVERYTHING and one of the most interesting of the day.

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Kelsey and her amazing 10 hour DIY masterpiece

Nicolette Lang-Andersen of Coveting Chi Chi took the vintage approach with her look and it was spot on. Being a fashion stylist Nicolette always is known to push the boundaries of fashion and she did it in such a clean and chic way for Deighton Cup. From the intricate embroidery on her dress to the fabulous vintage disc hat, she really hit the mark, as usual.

 Photo Credit: Kuna Lu of Kuna Photography Group

Dominique Hanke of Hive Mind Hats was the daring one of the bunch. Not only did she make a large amount of the amazing hats and fascinators we saw this weekend, she also made the one she wore on the day. It was like she had a mini topiary on her head, and accessorized it with a gold birdcage she attached a chain to and used as her purse. It was a WOW moment.

Dominique Hanke of HIve Mind Millinery in a custom fascinator of her design.

My favourite dress had to go to Praise Vaughn, Health and Fitness Coach and Personal Trainer. She had the most vibrant and stunning use of colour and was giving us old hollywood glamour on a floral platter. The back of her dress was as equally stunning as the front. The cut out at the bust was done in such a tasteful yet sexy way.

Praise Vaughn

Praise Vaughn

The back of Praise Vaughns dress

The back of Praise Vaughns dress

In the end Mallory Hagan selected Praise Vaughn as her winner right before the Deighton Cup Final Race. Praise and Mallory made their way to the Winners circle to watch the last race and award the trophy to the winning horse, owner and jockey.

Praise Vaughn, Mallory Hagan, Jordan Kallman and Tyson Villeneuve

Praise Vaughn, Mallory Hagan, Jordan Kallman and Tyson Villeneuve

With that we bid an end to another fabulous day at the races, but wait, it is not over yet. The following day was the launch of a new event called “The Julep”, an “Industry Day” where Vancouver’s top mixologists gathered for a Mint Julep face off. Stay tuned for our coverage of “The Julep”.

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