Last Saturday night, my friend Katie and I were lucky enough to attend Bashnoir, a beautiful, glitzy fundraiser for The Snowsuit Fund – an Ottawa-based charity that raises funds for the purchase and distribution of snowsuits to children in need within the Ottawa Community.
I was really anxious to go to the event, mainly to support The Snowsuit Fund and because I’ll use any excuse to dress up. This event would also give me an opportunity to see the newly overhauled Lansdowne Park. Lansdowne is located pretty much in the centre of our city and it houses our football stadium. The stadium was very old and was in dire need of repair, so the City of Ottawa overtook its renovation.
Well, I was impressed! The park is gorgeous, spacious and beautifully laid out. Lots of great stores (we finally got a Whole Foods!) and great restaurants. Best of all, Ottawa City Council also overhauled the Horticulture Building. No longer an old storage shed, it now boasts a cool industrial feel with large windows and exposed beams.
The new building was the perfect setting for Bashnoir. The event was beautifully decorated in the Film Noir style of the 1940s and 1950s and guests were encouraged to adhere to the formal dress code of black and red. Some attendees took it a step further and dressed very femme fatale, some wore pinstriped suits with suspenders and fedoras (think Al Capone), and others looked like full-on detectives (think “Elliot Ness”).
The building was decorated beautifully. Wow! Lots of black and gold furniture, huge wall-leaning mirrors throughout the room, beautifully-lit cocktail bars, the NOIR cosmetic booth courtesy of Nordstrom where guests received full makeovers, art installations by Shiraz Creative and a dj booth with a large screen displaying movies from the era. The event was also catered by amazing Ace Mercado, VIP guests received an amazing gift bag and all guests were treated to a one-of a kind fashion show. Well done, Tami!
Check out my pics from this awesome event! I wish it happened more than once a year!