The heady mix of fast cars and haute couture collided at a gala dinner in the Grand Hyatt ballroom. It was the first social event of any significance after the handover and heralds the start of the social season. Sponsored by BMW, the latest models of their cars were displayed on stage and in the foyer and vied for attention with 16 female models who flew in from Paris just for this show. The fashionable guests gasped at the start of the fashion show, which featured the spring/ summer collections of Givenchy (designed by Alexander McQueen), Christian Lacroix, Nina Ricci, Jean-Louis Scherrer, Emanuel Ungaro and Lanvin. After the show was over, a $1.3 million cheque was presented by John Bell to Sir David Akers-Jones for Operation Smile, a worthwhile charity which performs free operations for children suffering from facial deformities.