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Aria, Italy is in the Air

Opening night of Italian Fashion Week

Tonight we were celebrating the launch of Italian Design week hosted at Brian Jessel BMW on Broadway.

This is the fifth year for this annual, signature event held by the Italian chamber of commerce. A week of celebrating Italian craftsmanship, innovation, and style in fashion, jewelry, and automotive in Vancouver. This year the theme is “Aria, Italy is in the air”.

The night featured a taste of Italy through drink and food. Free flowing glasses of red and white wine during the reception.

And Aperol spritz and negroni at cost, with an ever flowing negroni fountain as an attraction.

Small bites were gathered on a platter consisting of a zucchini tart, a salmon mousse stuffed cream puff, prosciutto wrapped honey dew, and a tomato sauce and cheese pizza square.

For dessert Antise Vancouver were sampling their amazing panettone. Fluffy and soft, fresh pieces of sweet bread with dried fruit.

Caffè Umbria, artisan coffee roaster offered espresso shots as an end of day pick me up.

When time, guests were invited to take an acrylic seat and/or gather around the catwalk and main stage.

After a warm thanks to attendees and sponsors, plus an invitation to attend the remainder of the upcoming events, the show began with an unveiling. A sheet was removed from over the new 2024 BMW 5 series and fully electric i5 M60 model, which we would get a closer look at after the show.

Sadly without taking it off the lot, I would not be able to review much of either vehicles. But can say that the crystal gear shift and dial were incredible bespoke elements. A treat for the eyes and the sensations when you twist and swipe.

Continuing with the fashion show, it was a collection of featured, local fashion designers and a capsule of their artistic creations walking the runaway. Each with an inspiration or accompanying phrase to focus on as the models walk. There were many flowy pieces to parallel the theme of air and lightness.

And all the items on the runway were available for purchasing. The fashion show a walking catalog, with all the fashion and jewelry on display.

The night ended with the opportunity to mingle with renowned designers, industry professionals, and design and fashion enthusiasts.

For those interested in attending any of the other events hosted by the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Canada-West, in collaboration with the Consulate General of Italy in Vancouver, look to bottom. There is a series of cocktail receptions and open houses taking place at local Showrooms in Vancouver from October 27 to November 3, 2022.

The List of Events are as follows, as taken from their website.

Cocktail Reception @ Alfa Romeo
1620 Main St, Vancouver, BC V6A 2W8
Thursday, October 27, 2022, from 5.30pm to 7.30pm
Design Talk with Paolo Trevisan, VP Design from Pininfarina
“The importance of Design in an Evolving Scenario”

Cocktail Reception @ Poliform
Friday, October 28, 2022 – from 5pm to 7pm
779 W Pender St, Vancouver, BC V6C 1G9
Design Talk with Timothy Bullinger, President at Arca 3 Design Studio,
“Design & Sustainability in a Globalized World”

Cocktail Reception @ Ginger Jar Furniture
Tuesday, November 1, 2022 – from 10.30am to 12pm
1420 Fell Ave, North Vancouver, BC V7P 2K3
Design Talk with Kevin Hatch, President & Founder of Twin Lions Contracting Ltd and Millwerks
“Sustainability and Building in Today’s Market”

Open House @ Stefano Ricci
Wednesday, November 2, 2022, from 12pm to 3pm
1139 W Georgia St, Vancouver, BC V6E 3G4

Cocktail Reception @ Cappelleria Bertacchi
Wednesday, November 2, 2020 from 5pm to 7pm
131 Water St #121, Vancouver, BC V6B 4M3
Design Talk with Edie Orenstein, Sole Proprietor at Hats & Design,
“A talk returning to traditional sustainability”

Cocktail Reception @ Brian Jessel BMW
Thursday, November 3, 2022, from 5.30pm to 7.30pm
2311 Boundary Rd, Vancouver, BC V5M 4W5
Design Talk with Craig Stanghetta, Principal and Creative Director from Ste. Marie Studio
“Building the History of the Future”

Italian Design Weeks 2023

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