About Last Night with Fred Lee: Photos from Science of Cocktails and the Dior Boutique Opening

An open bar and a retail launch brought out the city's top movers and shakers.

April 11, 2018

By Fred Lee, @FredAboutTown

Science World’s Science of Cocktails

The Room
Science World was transformed into Vancouver’s largest cocktail laboratory to let the city’s most talented bartenders and chefs showcase the biology, chemistry and physics behind their cocktails and cuisine. CEO Scott Sampson and founding party co-chair Tristan Sawtell raised a glass to welcome 1,500 guests to the science centre’s biggest fundraiser.

The Stars
An army of mixologists—62 bar stars in all, including Fairmont Pacific Rim’s Grant Sceney, Tableau’s JS Dupuis and Royal Dinette’s Kaitlyn Stewart (recently crowned the world’s best bartender at the prestigious World Class Bartender of the Year cocktail competition in Mexico City)—fronted the open bar and cocktail party.

The Cause
Mixed with a greater good, the science experiment—now in its third year—concocted more than $275,000 to support Science World’s Class Field Trip bursary program for underserved schools. The fundraising effort will ignite the imaginations of 8,000 students who would otherwise not be able to experience the wonder and excitement inside the geodesic dome.

Award-winning barkeeps Grant Sceney and Jenner Cormier.
Colin MacDougall, Lot 40 brand ambassador, demos the science behind making the perfect Old-Fashioned.
Bittered Sling Bitters’ Jonathan Chovancek and Royal Dinette’s Kaitlyn Stewart.
Dirty Apron Cooking School’s David Robertson.
Science World CEO Scott Sampson and party co-chair Tristan Sawtell.

Dior Vancouver Opening

The Opening
Christian Dior’s new boutique is the latest concession store to open within Holt Renfrew Vancouver. Though the brand has long had a presence at the store, the new dedicated space triples its square footage. Modelled after the French designer’s Paris Avenue Montaigne flagship, the 1,200-square-foot leather goods shop located just inside Holt’s main entrance welcomed adoring fans and retail insiders.

The Handbag
The retail space features a wide range of luxury products, including shoes, small accessories and, of course, its signature handbags. As usual, the Lady Dior bag, Dior’s iconic piece, in a variety of sizes, colours and embellishments, was the belle of the ball, drawing oohs and aahs from the style savvy.

The Party Highlight
A travelling exhibition of customized Lady Dior bags reimagined by 10 global artists headlined the downtown event. Playing with the signature cannage motif and quilting pattern and letter charms, artists created their unique versions of the best-selling handbag.

Holt Renfrew’s Carla Stef and Betty Leung.
Janice Cameron, Ada Fung and Sofio Ladhari helped christen the Dior boutique.
Shirley Zhao and Olivia, 14 months, took in the Dior boutique opening.
Dior senior brass Mike Borges and Douglas Mandel welcomed top clients.
Dior boutique manager Selena Wong displays one of the artist renditions of the iconic Lady Dior bag.

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