Gianni Maanaki dazzles at Cabriolet Charity Gala


Haute couture designer Gianni Maanaki unveiled his inspired i8 dress that dazzled thousands of invited guests at the 9th annual Cabriolet Charity Gala hosted by Brian Jessel BMW Vancouver.

During this fabulous evening, all were enchanted with his outstanding artistry collection of exquisite elegant outfits, chic party dresses and sensual evening wear.

I first introduced Lebanese designer Gianni Maanaki to you all last September with my story of how he views the female silhouette as a canvas from which he creates his glamorous designs.

Gianni Maanaki’s creative process begins with a private consultation, where he sketches a design according to his client’s style, adding his own extra finesse to create a made to measure work of art for the female form.

“I always begin with the body and use it as inspiration,” says Gianni Maanaki. “My aim is to revel her inner beauty.”

For a bodice dripping in crystals, he can use thousands of Swarovski crystals which are all done by hand to ensure that his garments are voluptuous.

With over three decades of experience, you will find fashions by Gianni Maanaki worn by the royal families of Saudi Arabia, Dubai and Qatar, plus celebrities from Lebanon and Egypt.

Here in Vancouver, the Cabriolet Charity Gala is one of the most fashionable events of the year held at Brian Jessel BMW, Vancouver’s leading luxury dealership. 

The BMW i series vehicles is their ground breaking concept for sustainably mobility, representing visionary electric vehicles such as the i3 for urban driving.

Fashionably attired thousands eagerly waited to view the new visually exotic BMW i8 sports coupe with its scissor doors, electric motors and combustion engine that delivers the performance of a sports car with the efficiency of a compact car.

The Cabriolet Charity Gala is supported by 17 of Vancouver’s finest restaurants, I must compliment C Restaurant for their delightful spicy wild pacific salmon and smoked sable fish.

lus Rogue for their fabulous cabernet braised short rib risotto balls and the mini Yorkshire pudding stuffed with medium rare roast prime rib as jus, topped with horseradish.

The deserts from W Company were stomach tingling, which I will remember for a very long time. All enjoyed with Santa Carolina wines from Chile.

All proceeds from Brain Jessel’s BMW Cabriolet Charity Gala will benefit the Pancreatic Cancer Canada.

Above Photo: Gianni Maanaki i8 dress is inspired by new 2015 BMW i8, valued at $12,000 with over 4800 red and blue Swarovski crystals, each meticulously hand-sewn over 60 hours.


Haute Couture designer Gianni Maanaki offers ultra elegance at the Cabriolet Charity Gala.


Gianni Maanaki featured sensual sheer fabrics with his collection at the Cabriolet Charity Gala.


Haute couture Gianni Maanaki dress at the Cabriolet Charity Gala hosted by Brain Jessel BMW Vancouver.


Exquisite elegance in gold lace by Gianni Maanaki at the Cabriolet Charity Gala.


Cabriolet Charity Gala, Canada’s largest private BMW i launch party featuring the 2015 BMW i8 – Photo: Edward Quan

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