Be Bare @ Commodore Ballroom -- by Aaron "A*maze" Joseph, September 2007
Vancouver’s naughtiest fashion show and auction benefit was everything expected and more. The Be Bare fashion auction show at the Commodore ballroom (868 Granville Street) was a success, not only for the designers who showcased their work, but also for the individuals in the crowd who wanted to dress just like the models they saw.
The night started off like any other fashion show would. Models and designers were running behind, make up and hair had to be finalized and there was an atmosphere of excitement, fear and pressure to perform. Nearly 45 minutes later, the show began and the models were ready to show off their chic look on the runway.
The runway portion of the show was nothing short of spectacular with the event’s spokesperson, model Noot Seear, opening up the night and starting off the runway show in a beautiful outfit by Evan & Dean. The rest of the show only got better with models showcasing other great fashions by Richard Kidd, One Of A Few, Melinda-Mae Harlingten, Kulpa, Jonathan + Olivia, Blue Ruby, Vera Wang, Sunja Link, d a c e, Marchesa, Evidence of Evolution, Brooklyn Clothing and Allison Wonderland.
Dave Dimapilis & P.J. Prinsloo of the Sketch Laugh Lounge MC’d the event for the most part of the night. Dance performances were done by the SVS style Crew and Dj’s Flipout and J.Reign provided the music.
An hour after all the hot fashions where shown, the show took a “naughty” turn. The auction began on all the clothes shown and few were lucky enough to bid on some of the clothes they saw and take them home with them. With every outfit being bought the models stripped down to their underwear, not only to show how sexy they really are but also to show their devotion to a great cause. 98% of the donations given that night were given to the Rose Charities in order to help those with facial disfigurement, suffering from HIV & AIDS, and also by giving a chance to those who wouldn’t normally have a chance to live.
Everyone in attendance was overly pleased with the outcome of the event and all the money raised for charity. It is hoped that the event will return next year, if not at the Commodore Ballroom then once again somewhere in the city.