Luxury & Supercar Weekend 2015 – showcasing the crème de la crème in automotive design, yachts, fall fashion, jewelry, music, gourmet food, fine wine and premium spirits was held in this beautiful September.
It was a great event to say farewell to summer and hello to fall with, where we could still take advantage of the warm weather by being outdoors and basking in some rays of sunshine. Taking place on September 12 and 13, this annual event which began in 2009, staged more than $200 million worth of rare classic cars and modern supercars on the spacious and beautiful grounds of the VanDusen Botanical Garden, while also highlighting Canada’s largest display of fine jewelry.
In addition, there were luxury and VIP hospitality tents and pop-up restaurants, with wine and cocktails provided by some of Vancouver’s best restaurants and bars/lounges.
It was two full days of sensory stimulation in all aspects and I thoroughly enjoyed seeing all the items on display, hearing all the music in the background, tasting all the food and drink provided, and encountering old and new friends throughout the weekend who were also in attendance.
It was entirely interesting to compare and contrast visually the similarities and/or differences between the classic cars and the newer and latest luxury supercars. The technological advances and design modifications over the years are astounding. Some of the limited edition and special car models, especially a few of the modified cars from private collections, were indeed quite spectacular and stunning to behold.
I particularly liked hearing stories from some of the car dealers and private car owners about how certain automobiles were created design-wise and put together technically. There were several superior examples of precision engineering and mechanical automation that were explained to me that I found fascinating.
Oakridge Centre sponsored the big Fashion Pavilion on location at the event, which featured six runway shows throughout the weekend, with three recurring themes for the shows per day: Boho Beauty,Trending Tones and Playful Patterns. Sophisticated collections for the fashion shows included the following Oakridge Centre retailers: Blubird,Harry Rosen, Judith & Charles, Hudson’s Bay, Weekend by MaxMara, DKNY, MaxMara and Boys’ Co.
Attendees were presented with very tasteful and trendy outfit selections, from various brands carried in store, of what to wear for Fall-Winter 2015. I’m not sure that I am ready to change my wardrobe yet but it’s certainly interesting to be able to wear all the different seasonal fashions in Vancouver and get ideas to plan ahead a little bit.
A highlight at the event and particularly to do with fashion was “The Vault” in the Garden, a luxury jewellery pop up gallery which hosted two major collections and was the global public launch of jewellery icon, John Rubel.
John Rubel is a jewellery company with a beautiful history and has been passed down through a few generations in one family to the current owner and President, Sophie Mizrahi-Rubel.
Housed in the same tent-like building on location was Montelongos Fine Jewellery which was selling a privately owned vintage collection featuring 100 masterpieces, from early 1900’s to today, from iconic brands Van Cleef & Arpels, Cartier and Tiffany.
Montelongos also provided on display a one-of-a-kind collection of handmade diamonds, rubies and sapphire jewellery. This collection was the largest of its type to be showcased and sold in Canada, and is so valuable that there were two armed guards from the local Vancouver Police Department strapped with machine guns and handguns dressed in all black outside of the building, with a few men dressed like the Secret Service inside the building who were working alongside the jewellery company staff.
In order to keep up my energy and pace, I leisurely indulged every so often on food and drink. In the VIP Lounges and Hospitality Tents, delicious bites and small plates were provided by Save On Meats, Boulevard Kitchen & Oyster Bar, West Restaurant & Bar, Via Tevere Pizzeria, The Diamond, Bamboo Grove, Peninsula Seafood Restaurant and D’oro Gelato e Caffè.
Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks were abundantly available in the VIP Lounges and Hospitality Tents as well. Feature cocktails, bubbly, wines, beers and drinks straight up on the rocks were provided by numerous liquor brands along with bottled water and coconut water, which is one of my new favourite kind of refreshments to quench your thirst and also add some electrolytes back into your system, if you’re always on the go like I am.
Overall, it was a wonderful way to spend a weekend but especially if you appreciate fast and exotic cars and a luxury lifestyle.
Set usually the second weekend after Labour Day, the next Luxury & Supercar Weekend is slated for September 10 and 11, 2016.
This article for BLUSHVancouver contributed by Frances Hui. Follow her on Twitter!