Having been a homebody for most of my life, I never thought I would see the day when two events in a week would be considered a quiet week. But such a so-called "quiet" week did occur last week when I attended the Love Her fundraiser on Wednesday and a preview for twobirds bridesmaid dresses on Thursday.
Billing itself as "a fashionable evening for Ovarian Cancer Canada" that celebrates the style, smile and strength of ovarian cancer survivors and women in general, Love Her took place at the beautiful Birks downtown flagship store. Guests enjoyed canapes and champagne as they bid for some lovely silent auction prizes furbished by Vancouver businesses.
Canadian comedienne Jessica Holmes was master of ceremonies, bringing down the house with her uncanny impression of Celine Dion before proceeding to introduce honourary chair Nancy McKinstry. Holmes also presented the Karen Campbell National Research Award to Dr. David Huntsman, the director of BC's Ovarian Cancer Research program and a professor of obstetrics and gynecology at UBC. A short fashion show followed featuring local luminaries outfitted in Judith & Charles's spring collection and Stuart Weitzman shoes. Then it was time for the live auction, where swish prizes like a cruise vacation and a Whistler getaway were up for grabs.
The next night, I was off to a luxury suite in the Loden Hotel to learn more about twobirds bridesmaid dresses. This line of versatile wrap jersey dresses was founded by a Manhattan socialite, Ariane Goldman, who in 2007 despaired of finding bridesmaid dresses to flatter her entire bridal party when she was getting married. Rather than forcing her bridesmaids to wear identical frocks which would likely never see the light of day again post-wedding, she had dresses made for them that were based on a vintage Norma Kamali wrap dress design. The dresses were such a hit that Goldman decided to make them her full-time business.
As twobirds regional director Danielle Gulic demonstrated, the two long swaths of cloth attached to the skirt can be wrapped and twisted in a myriad of ways to form a variety of dress styles: one-shouldered, Grecian, crisscross back, halter, strapless, cap-sleeved. Your imagination is your limit when it comes to styling.
If you're a bride who wants to help all of her bridesmaids find the ideal dress at once, check out the twobirds website for more info. And if you happen to be in Toronto, you can book an appointment at their boutique.
P.S. Entered my Shabby Apple dress giveaway yet? Do it now!