By Clarissa of Clarisky Business

Last Thursday I had the honour of being a part of Vancouver’s Fashion’s Night Out.  I had no idea what to expect, but I was quickly blown away by this ode to fashion.  It was an incredible event of glamour and class.

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The night kicked off with a fabulous VIP Pre Party at Secret Location in Gastown. The clean white decor was flooded with the most well dressed socialites of Vancouver. Wine, appetizers and desserts were catered to the attendees.  The excitement built around the anticipation of what to expect for the evening’s events.

With the perfect bubbly buzz we then headed over to the CBC Studio (in a limo no less) for the fabulous Fashion’s Night Out fashion show that would soon ensue.

The CBC Studio 40 was stunningly outfitted, the crowd was packed, and excitement was high.  We watched fabulous designers, such as Jason Matlo and Jacquiline Conoir, send their designs down the runway.

Jason Matlo ‘Babe’ Runway Show

Once the show was complete I was bouncing to get out on the street.  My partner in crime, photographer Kuna Lu, and I re-grouped and were shuttled via limo to our first stop of the evening: Tiffany & Co.!

Being inside Tiffany & Co. on a regular day is a treat for any girl.  The warm store lights illuminate the perfectly cut diamonds and mirrored display cases, casting sparkles in every hopeful girl’s eyes.  Being inside Tiffany’s on Fashion’s Night Out?  It was nothing short of breathtaking.  Fellow attendees were dressed to the nines with glittered frocks and electric shoes. Necks were drenched with jewellery, and hands were adorned with glasses of bubbly.

The sales associates were attentive to your every need, jumping at the chance to smother you in diamonds.  I took moment to walk the store in silence, dozing off to the land of “little blue box” dreams.   I was promptly brought back to earth when a Tiffany’s blue box was placed in my hand.  Nothing excites a girl more than the mystery of what lies behind that cardboard top!

After recovering from the dreamy land of jewels, we headed over to check out the events at Holt Renfrew.  Holts was styled in their signature colour for their 175th anniversary party, magenta!  The entire store was outfitted in party pink attire, complete with balloons and streamers.  This is where we encountered the serious shoppers getting their shop on to celebrate Fashion’s Night Out.

As always, the store was stocked with pristine merchandise and well-dressed customers. My favourite accessory was the exclusive Holt’s 175th Anniversary old-school, magenta glass Coke bottles. I couldn’t help but grab myself a case.

We pulled ourselves away from the pink paralysis and wandered over to the pop-up shops along Alberni Street.  A Vancouver fashion event is never complete without the most stylish mother/daughter couple in Vancouver, Jennifer and Shaughnessy of the Yaletown Boutique Jennyfleur Loves.  The pair had their brilliant Fashion Truck set up outside.

 Jennifer and Shaughnessy Jennyfleur Loves

If you haven’t yet checked out their store and fashion truck, then you have been seriously denied of some of the best fashion finds in Vancouver.  The truck was stocked with the edgiest outfits and kick-ass hardware. We met some fantastic shoppers outside the truck, awed by what they found inside.

Also set up on Alberni Street was the fabulous Dominique Hanke of Hive Mind Millinery, displaying her majestic hats, and promoting her fascinator parties.  Dominique’s unique, handmade creations add a touch of class to any outfit, and her fascinator tea parties are perfect for bridal showers and any girl’s nights out.

Dominique Hank (left) of Hive Mind Millnery

The pop-up shops on Alberni were our last stop. By this time I was pooped, and decided to head home with a dead phone and thoughts of fashion fairies dancing in my head.

Love, Clarissa <3

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