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Better late than never… I attended the Little Black Dress Gala at Fairmont Hotel Vancouver on May 26, designed to raise funds for underprivileged youth in the area. What an extravaganza – ballet, modern dance, art, opera, jazz, an auction, and a grand fashion show. I’m sure I’m leaving something out.

But I’m not leaving out this woman, below. Her name is Jamie Gerus and I clocked her in the VIP Lounge. Interestingly, we pulled out our cameras at about the same time. She brings to mind a Downtown Abbey-type adventuress back from her travels for a quick tête-à-tête with her publisher before hopping a biplane with Denys (from the movie Out of Africa)Yes, all that with a little bling, a tassel on one’s bag, and a fabulous black dress.

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Below, my friend Su, also at the gala, bucking the little black dress trend in favour of a little black pom-pom prominently affixed to the front of her fantastic vintage pastel coral suit, which she downsized by several sizes with meticulous redesign and handstitching. Note the shoes, mismatched earrings, and burnt velvet skull-and-scissor-motif scarf.


Below, a shot of me with Su taken by a kind passerby. Su is clutching her fabulous red and white Philip Treacy handbag, which also features a Campbell Soup motif in the lining. I’m wearing a vintage crepe wool onepiece with “diamond” embellishments and a vintage flutter sleeve top. I wrote more about it, and the event, on my personal style blog, here.


Then, ramping up to speed, yesterday, June 10, I attended the Resort ’17 Trunk Show of new and exciting Vancouver designer Rabia Dastgir. Her Pakistani roots have a major influence on her life and designs. She not only incorporates the nomadic arts and embroidery of Pakistan into her fashion, but she also promotes grass-roots education and self-reliance among impoverished women in Pakistan.

Below, Donia Kash, actor, choreographer, Taekwondo Master, and model, wears one of the sensational pieces she couldn’t resist. She was a featured dancer in the RED gala, which I wrote about previously on Culture Serf. She may look familiar from one of her many stage or TV appearances. Her Instagram is here.

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And finally, designer Rabia chats with model Stella Panagiotiditis wearing one of Rabia’s embellished bomber jackets.

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That’s all for now. Until next time!