Diary of the Week: Hope Couture gala, Design Exchange and Harry Rosen's anniversary

By Amoryn Engel and Nicole Harvie

“Dapper” would be the word to describe the handsome crowd who came out to celebrate the 60th anniversary of retailer Harry Rosen. In 1954, Harry Rosen opened a small, 500-square-foot store on an offbeat stretch of Parliament Street in Toronto’s Cabbagetown. His work ethic and good nature helped to earn his clients’ loyalty and, as a result, sixty years in Canada with sixteen stores and nearly 1,000 employees. Guests enjoyed sophistical nibbles provided by Splendido in a nod to their Canadian roots, plus a good dose of Italian style thanks to beautiful wines sourced from Canada and abroad. Justin Peroff of Broken Social Scene played the role of DJ for the night and brought the party to the next level. Looking good and feeling good, too!


Fashion and a serious cause drew more than 400 Vancouverites to the über-chic Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel for the BC Cancer Foundation’s inaugural Hope Couture fundraising gala. The sold-out fashion show and luncheon was the perfect fusion of fashion and phenomenal fare. Smart cocktails got the bidding underway for the silent auction and raffle tickets for bags by Céline and Valentino were quickly snapped up! Emcee and Global News Anchor Chris Gailus invited the mainly female crowd into the sapphire ballroom to dine on delicate kale salad and local ling cod. The collection of auction items was every glam gal’s wish list, including this season’s enviable Burberry bowling bag and a must-have Missoni orange label poncho. Boutique retailers Bacci’s and Boboli further tempted gala-goers with a high-voltage runway show featuring stunning pieces from Lanvin, Céline, Chloé, Etro, Valentino and Stella McCartney. An incredible $1.54 million was raised to support the purchase of a state-of-the-art Vero™ machine, a $6.5 million technologically-advanced radiotherapy system.

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