It was the kind of party fairytales are made of as more than 200 of Vancouver’s next-gen philanthropists and business leaders donned their designer best for Kasondra Cohen-Herrendorf’s Alice in Wonderland-themed Face of Today Gala. The 7th Annual affair saw the Rosewood Hotel Georgia dazzlingly transformed as the glamorous, mainly millennial crowd clinked “drink me” cocktails while they schmoozed and bid on fantastic art, fanciful getaways and exceptional experiences. Exclusive dinners with the likes of Kit & Ace co-founder JJ Wilson and his Lululemon-founding father Chip, and the evening’s guest speaker Frank Giustra, were catered by Top Chef Canada’s Dale MacKay. Modern-opera quartet Vivace and Harley Jones, a mentee of one of the evening's beneficiaries, the Boys Club Network, provided entertainment before guests popped down the rabbit hole into another whimsical room for a Wonderland-inspired handstand act. With the dance floor pulsing late into the night and one lucky winner taking home a Bentley, the feel-good evening raised $250,000 to help underprivileged aspiring youth leaders achieve success.
A cornucopia of fashionable faces, from Ainsley Kerr and Sam Beckerman to Grace Lee, Jay Strut and Stacey Mckenzie, convened at the CBC building, where leather bracelets were the means of entry to a winter wonderland on the second floor that housed outerwear favourite Mackage's icy Fall/Winter 2016 show. The after-party was top of mind as models strutted the runway in fur-laden boots, plaid ponchos and leather overalls thanks to a series of club-like bottle-service tables circling the middle of the runway - which were promptly topped off with Belvedere bottles once the show came to a triumphant close. Well-heeled guests like Bachelor star Bianka Kemper mingled and danced to the infectious DJ stylings of Brendan Fallis.