Yvonne Maria Schaefer
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Luminato / Loréal / Armani Event Toronto, Canada


Federico Castelluccio and Yvonne Maria Schaefer

Upstairs on the fifth floor, event management company Cinco created an all-black Giorgio Armani lounge for V.I.P. guests.

Representatives from NKPR handed out black Armani ribbon bracelets to attendees on the V.I.P. guest list as they arrived at the ballet school. (Access to the lounge was only granted to those wearing bracelets.) The Canadian Tenors performed in the space, and makeup artists offered touch-ups all night long.

"The evening is definitely about showing off the colours of Giorgio Armani, which includes the black carpet at the entrance and the black lounge," said Virginie Hotte-Dupuis of L'Oréal Canada, the festival's presenting sponsor. "It's all about bringing that glamorous side to the event, about offering an exclusive Armani feel and vibe to all the V.I.P. guests."

At the beginning of the night, four women—Holt Renfrew president Caryn Lerner, Hello! magazine editor Ciara Hunt, National Ballet of Canada prima ballerina Greta Hodgkinson, and actress Jane McLean—walked the black carpet as Giorgio Armani ambassadors Raphael Mazzucco. His work has graced such magazines as ELLE and Vogue. Now we've commissioned Canada's renowned fashion photographer to capture the spirit of the Festival.