Extraodinary lives (and shops) here | Fashion in spotlight at $5M home

December 12, 2014

Social notes from Westmount and beyond by Veronica Redgrave (Westmount Independent)

Westmounter Liza Kaufman had a fashionable way to show real estate: with fashion. She and her team, Lindsay Hart and Jackie Boulay of Sotheby’s International Realty Québec LK, welcomed guests o an invitation-only evening at a special Westmount address, where an immense house stood empty of furniture, the better to show racks of flare.
There, couture emporium Catherine Malandrino and former fashion designer turned-pop-up-trunk-show producer Lino Catalino presented clothes ranging from all-out glamour jumpsuits and dresses to zippy blazers and fun tops. Stella & Co. displayed jewelry to match.
One almost forgot the building. But the massive home was hard to ignore. From the large work-out room to the mirrored wall-and-ceiling bathroom, it was a Miami style mansion: glamorous from large room to large room, with its floor-to-wall plush carpeting. Oh, and did we mention the wrap-around balcony? It was topped with a glass roof. With such a magnificent vista who wouldn’t want to enjoy it all year round?
Westmounter Heidi Hollinger previewed her newest profession: wine. Not enough to be a peripatetic photographer, whose portfolio boasts Russian politicians in their underwear – almost a Ripley’s Believe It or Not, but true! – the talented lady now manages the Quebec market for the Kolonaki Group, which imports Greek wines. The red and white vintages were enjoyed by all.
Noted loving the fashions – and the large winding staircase perfect for a glamentrance – was local res Avi Markovitch, stylish in leggings, fur boa and large Prada tote.
From Catherine Malandrino, Darina Groucha, Zoe Trudeau and Sara Cerasela Popa presented merchandise in brand bright chartreuse-yellow bags. Leaving the opulence of the storied Disney delight – a $5-million home – one noticed little chaps clad in Canadiens’ sweaters playing street hockey. Two dreams overlapping on a Westmount avenue.
Addendum: Liza Kaufman’s daughter Alfee recently married Westmounter Geoff Garbarino under a beautiful bouquet-bowered chuppah at a sumptuous wedding in Miami.