YSL at Holt, Urban Well Roast, Sensations 2002
and Lotus Awards

Nov 20, 2002

by Catherine Barr

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LAST week started out stylishly with a trip to Holt Renfrew on the 13th for the launch of Yves Saint Laurent and their exclusive line of beauty products, handbags and more. Champage, nibblies and attractively thin models (do these girls ever eat??) left us all smiling. Speaking of smiles, once a month the gang at Urban Well (downtown location) will be holding a celebrity roast. CityTV meterologist Marke Driesschen was the first roastee last Wednesday, and weathered the storm nicely in support of his favourite charity, BC Children's Hospital Foundation. The foundation was also the recipient of the proceeds from Sensations 2002, held Nov. 14 at the Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre. The event featured too many local celebrities to mention, fashion shows, food and lots of live entertainment. It held up to its name and was truly sensational. And if that wasn't enough for one evening, later that same night, advertising execs toasted and awarded each other at the Bayshore as the Lotus Awards recognized those outstanding individuals who work hard to catch our attention.


Holt Renfrew general manager Gary Balaski is constantly surrounded by beauty, especially this night as he and models Catherine Lot (left), Rebecca Stein and Katrina Terezakis welcomed Yves Saint Laurent.


Peeking through the bars at her YSL displays was Anne Tillman-Graham who came to Holt for the big launch.


Lotus awards host and Global sports anchor Squire Barnes found himself in a very enviable position as the painted ladies from Paragon came in for a cuddle.


Palmer Jarvis associate creative director Cosmo Campbell was the peoples' choice at the Lotus awards. He and organizer/producer Sue Bell toasted the occasion.


Comedians Tony Diamond (left) and Brent Butt roasted CityTV weatherman/funnyman Marke Driesschen till he ws well done. Peter Kelamis also added to the mix, making it a great night out for Marke's charity.


BC Lions' quarterback Damon Allen (left) and big kicker Lui Passaglia helped complete the play at Sensations 2002. They took part in, what else, the sports auction.


Lori Rowe-Romano (left) and Lauren Perssons puckered-up for a big smooch with Lauren's hubby Bill at the Sensations 2002 event. Lauren and Bill own Fino Lino.


Proud mother-to-be Janella Griffiths and husband Arthur are still a fairy-tale couple. They helped draw for a $30,000 diamond prize at Sensations 2002.


You go girl. Entertainers Willie Taylor (left), Mandy Kamp and Carlotta Gurl are true Hollywood glam. Sensations 2002 would've been a real drag without them.


Hats off for Avant Garde's Julie and Jon Paul Holt, the super-sensational masterminds behind the Sensations 2002 event.

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