Truth is Social Gals and Social Gents, I often refer to the homegrown
Daffodil Ball, benefiting the Canadian Cancer Society, as one of my “Academy Awards” type events on the local front, ’cause well, it is. Daffodilista-In-Chief, ALISON SILCOFF, of Alison Silcoff Events, and her team, do a seriously world-class job. Not surprisingly, this year’s 24th offering, booasting an IMAGINE: The Beatles & Beyond theme, was as gobsmackingly gorge as ever, taking things next level with all kinds of technovation that would have made Paul, Ringo, George, and John, incredibly proud. Icing on the fabulous? The evening raised an outta sight $1.73 million for the Society. Photography KAREL CHLADEK, ALLEN MCINNIS, STEPHANE POIRIER. TEAM TD: TD Bank’s BRIAN M. LEVITT and wife, PORTIA LEGGAT. POWERPAIR! HOLLYWOOD WORTHY! NATHALIE FORCIER, white hot in ELIE SAAB and husband, BMO Capital Markets managing director GREGOIRE BAILLARGEON, in BURBERRY. MANULIFE MAGIC: LOUISE BEAUREGARD and husband Manulife president/ CEO RICHARD PAYETTE. BRINGING THE BUZZ: DJ ABEILLE. EPICUREAN MASTERS AT FAIRMONT QUEEN E. DELIVER THE GOODS. POWER PAIR: Girl Boss extraordinaire SOLANGE DUGAS and husband, the legendary HON. LUCIEN BOUCHARD. NEXT BIG DEAL NEGOCIATED! 😉 PARTY MODE. RIO TINTO RADIATES: Rio Tinto tops ALFRED BARRIOS and wife ELENA BARRIOS. ROLLING WITH IT: World-famous, Cali-based acrobatic roller-skaters, The Rock n’Rollers, wow with choreography by Emmy-nominated choreographer FRED TALLAKSEN. ROLLING WITH IT: World-famous, Cali-based acrobatic roller-skaters, The Rock n’Rollers, wow with choreography by Emmy-nominated choreographer FRED TALLAKSEN. EPICUREAN MASTERS AT FAIRMONT QUEEN E. DELIVER THE GOODS. POWERBROKERS: Great-West Life’s ANTHONY CARDONE, Financière Éthicor’s GUY OUELLETTE, BFL Canada Consulting Services’s DAVID VANASSE, and RBC Royal Bank, Quebec Headquarters’ MARTIN THIBODEAU. TABLE REFLECTION: starring ZOMBIE BOY. BRINGING THE SOCIAL SMILES! National PR exec CHRISTINE BOIVIN and husband, CATSIMA’s SIMON DUPÉRÉ. LET’S DANCE! SUPERSTAR TRIBUTE BAND, REPLAY – THE BEATLES TRIBUTE. BUT THAT ROOM …. MODELS & ME: “Miss Monica” MONICA WHELAN, Diary’s JENN CAMPBELL, and model / marketer KARINE SAVAGE. EPICUREAN MASTERS AT FAIRMONT QUEEN E. DELIVER THE GOODS. LUXE SQUAD: ARLENE TORRIANI, in TARA JARMON, and husband, Ritz-Carlton Montreal tops ANDREW TORRIANI pose with Team Montblanc: VIBI PATEL, in TRES CHIC STYLING, SANDRINE BOHBOT in ATELIER PRIVÉ, and husband, MICHAEL DELOUYA in SUIT SUPPLY. TWIGGY & SHRIMPTON 2017: Models KARINE SAVAGE and “Miss Monica” MONICA WHELAN. WITH SISTER JEANNE: JEANNE SAUNDERS, Diary’s JENN CAMPBELL. FOODIE FUN: Queen E. chef-wizards take presentation seriously, with themed courses like a “Yellow Submarine” appetizer. MINI ME: NATHALIE SCHWARTZ DÉCARIE and daughter. CONTEMPLATING THE CAPTIVATING. STARPOWER: ZOMBIE BOY, KARIM LEDUC, JESSIKA DÉNOMMÉE, Olympian MAXIME DUFOUR-LAPOINTE, in Boutique PRFKT, fellow Olympian, sister CHLOÉ DUFOUR-LAPOINTE, in MARIE SAINT PIERRE, AUDE SCHNEIDER, LOLITTA DANDOY, brother JHONNY DANDOY and DJ ABEILLE (in foreground). CHEERS TO DAFF 2017! LIGHTING UP THE LANDSCAPE. BEYOND EXPECTATIONS: 650 collective jaws dropped as guests entered an electrified sixties space beyond even the Beatles’ epic imaginations. DAZZLE’S IN THE DETAILS. BEYOND EXPECTATIONS: 650 collective jaws dropped as guests entered an electrified sixties space beyond even the Beatles’ epic imaginations. BONDING: LOLITTADANDOY, KARIM LEDUC. SCARY GOOD STARPOWER: ZOMBIE BOY, superagent KARIM LEDUC, and Olympic sisters CHLOÉ DUFOUR-LAPOINTE and MAXIME DUFOUR-LAPOINTE. BEYOND EXPECTATIONS: 650 collective jaws dropped as guests entered an electrified sixties space beyond even the Beatles’ epic imaginations. SPOTLIGHT ON: ROSARIO “ROSS” CAMPANELLA and Ritz-Carlton Montreal’s KATIA PICCOLINO. MONOCHOROMATIC ZOMBIE BOY. SNAPPED WITH SCENE MAKERS: Uber brokers MARTIN ROULEAU in WAXMAN and CHRISTINA MILLER in BCBGMAXAZRIA, Diary’s JENN CAMPBELL in ZARA, Telemedia tops PHILIPPE DE GASPÉ BEAUBIEN in CLOAKROOM and beauty industry disruptor NANNETTE DE GASPÉ BEAUBIEN in VALENTINO. QUEEN’S GUARD MEETS THE BEATLES. #STATEMENTMAKERS: Entrepreneurial force PHILIPPE DE GASPÉ BEAUBIEN in custom CLOAKROOM and wife, beauty industry disruptor NANNETTE DE GASPÉ BEAUBIEN in VALENTINO. PEACE OUT PRINCESSES: NADINE LAJOIE poses in front of Abbey Road with volunteer hostesses in minis sponsored by Le Chateau with dos by La Coupe. BEAUTIES OF BALNEA: Balnea founder / co-owner STÉPHANIE ÉMOND and PR powerhouse NADINE LAJOIE. SO WELL TURNED OUT: NATHALIE SCHWARTZ DÉCARIE and husband, Triotech’s CHARLES DÉCARIE, both in GEORGES SCHWARZ BLING. LUXE LIFE: Le Richmond’s IBTI SAADI, hangs with Christofle’s ROBERTO REINO, and his partner, Starbucks barista extraordinaire RICHARD BONILLA. TWINSIES: Sisters JENNIFER NAGY in BCBGMAXAZRIA and JESSICA PATHY in LA MAISON SIMONS. CAN YOU FEEL THE FASHITUDE? LINDSAY NEUFELD and celebrity real estate broker CARL-REMILLARD FONTAINE. POWER PAIR: Event co-chair Novacap president/ CEO PASCAL TREMBLAY and wife, ANIK CHAMBERLAND. PEACE OUT PRINCESS: Social Orra COO LYDIA MOREYNE, in CHANEL bling, BCBGMAXAZRIA and VICTOR AND ROLFE. BLACK TIE FABULOUS: DAVE CLARKE and wife, Montreal Gazette editor-in-chief LUCINDA CHODAN. CORPS GO COCKTAIL CHIC: Norton Rose Fulbright Canada’s NORMAN M. STEINBERG, wife RENÉE KESSLER, Telus executive vice-president MONIQUE MERCIER and husband, playwright SHAUL EZER. BEATLES OF THE BALL: Novacap president/ CEO PASCAL “PAUL” TREMBLAY Kevlar’s PHILIPPE “JOHN” MORIN, DAVID “GEORGE” DELLI FRAINE, and Stingray tops ERIC “RINGO” BOYKO. COCKTAIL KICK-OFF: Against the backdrop of a Mondrian-inspired dividing wall, and under a cacophony of suspended Jack umbrellas,guests mix and mingle. STAIR MASTERS: Bouclair’s DAPHNÉE GAGNON, in HERVÉ LÉGÉR, plastic surgeon KARL SCHWARZ, IN TOM FORD, and wife, anesthesiologist NIKI JECEN SCHWARZ, in MISSONI. POP GOES THE PINK! Daze partner ANDREW LAPIERRE in ZEGNA and wife, actress and radio host JULIE DU PAGE. DREAMTEAMERS: Committee members SOPHIE DUROCHER, FIGI ELMAN, NATHALIE SCHWARTZ DÉCARIE, party architects ISABELLE LÊ and ALISON J. SILCOFF, event chairs MICHAEL DENHAM, PASCAL TREMBLAY, VICTOR G. DODIG, and SHAHIR GUINDI, and still more members, FRANCINE PRUD’HOMME, JEANNIE SAUNDERS, LOLITTA DANDOY, KATIA PICCOLINO, KARIM LEDUC, and SARDINE BOHBOT. MISSING: ÉLODIE MEYER. TWIGGY, SHRIMPTON & MORE, CIRCA 2017: Good gal pal / power gals, TROUVÉ Mtl’s CHLOÉ TEASDALE, in BCBGMAXAZRIA, FELICIE HUBERT, in BOUTIQUE VENUS, TROUVÉ Mtl’s ANNIE-CLAUDE ROY, in PORTRAIT ZHIVAGO, real estate broker NATALIA BLANCHETTE in BCBGMAXAZRIA, model MICHELLE MCHUGH, in WAYNE CLARK, med sales maestro MONICA WHELAN, in ANGELINA FACCENDA, and PR powerhouse KARINE SAVAGE, in BCBGMAXAZRIA. THAT KIND OF ENTRANCE: Liaison extraordaire THO VO AND wife, ISABELLE LÊ, of Alison Silcoff Events hang with “John and Yoko,” at the bed-in for peace greeting. TWIST AND SHOUT! Buzz-bringing DJ ABEILLE gets everyone twisting and shouting. CELEBRITY SOCIAL GALS: Songstress IMA, actress and radio host JULIE DU PAGE, in RW & CO, journalist SOPHIE DUROCHER, and emcee, media personality ISABELLE RACICOT, in CARMEN MARC VALVO.