Friday, November 20, 2009

LIFE IN MAGENTA - THE HOLT RENFREW GALA OPENING IN CALGARY

“Life is like a box of crayons. Most people are the 8-color boxes, but what you're really looking for are the 64-color boxes with the sharpeners on the back. I fancy myself to be a 64-color box, though I've got a few missing. It's ok though, because I've got some more vibrant colors like periwinkle at my disposal. I have a bit of a problem though in that I can only meet the 8-color boxes. Does anyone else have that problem? I mean there are so many different colors of life, of feeling, of articulation.. so when I meet someone who's an 8-color type.. I'm like, "hey girl, MAGENTA!" and she's like, "oh, you mean purple!" and she goes off on her purple thing, and I'm like, "no - I want MAGENTA!"”- John Mayer

City Style and Living magazine agrees with you John Mayer. Well said.- and Magenta it was at the gala opening of the Holt Renfrew flagship store in downtown Calgary, November 19, 2009

Guests had the opportunity to take photo's on the magenta carpet, with a keepsake photo to take home. Notice the Piper-Heidsieck Rose Sauvage - cold, crisp and a great way to start off the evening's festivities.

Guests danced to tunes from Calgary band "The Fast Romantics". Check out model Heather Marks (wearing the 'shattered spandrel glass dress' from Canadian designer Rita Liefhebber's newest collection).
Executive Chef Esther Hagen and Executive sous- Chef Chad Blunston showcased a "sweet bar", complete with (we will try to name as many as we can, to make your mouth water):
gingerbread, hand made marshmallows, mini cheesecakes, chocolate fondue fountains (white and milk) with fruit, black forest yule log (bouche de noel), mini brownies, chocolate boxes filled with cream, profiteroles with edible gold , and other wonderful petit fours. Sweets enough to rival Hansel and Gretel's escapade, and the sweets in The Land of the Sugar Plum Fairy.
Where to begin with the delectable hors d'oeuvres, provided by C Catering Vancouver?
Our favourite three appetizers you ask ?
1. Lobster skewers
2. Dungeness Crab canape
3. Stuffed cherry tomato with goats cheese

Want to see CSL's exclusive interview with VP of menswear at Holt Renfrew, Lanita Layton? Check out the Fall 2009 issue of City Style and Living magazine at:
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