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Power dressing at Toronto’s annual Power Ball

- June 15th, 2012

This morning more than a few Torontonians were rubbing their feet and popping Advil, thanks to a sold-out blow out of aparty at the city’s harbourfront to raise funds for Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery.

Celebrating it’s 25th-year, the Power Plant’s party, appropriately called “Quarter Life Crisis,” was infinitely cooler than the John Mayer song that made it a buzzword. The Power Ball has been creating worthwhile hangovers for 14 years, though it was my first year attending, and one of the handful of event’s I make it to each year that aren’t directly fashion or beauty-related…but that’s not to say guests weren’t stylish.

eTalk Daily anchor Tanya Kim tweets a photo of herself and CP24's Melissa Grelo. (Twitter)

eTalk Daily anchor Tanya Kim tweets a photo of herself and CP24′s Melissa Grelo. (Twitter)

 

VIP attendees parted with $400 for an elite experience sponsored by Grey Goose and Soho House (a luxe partnership I was introduced to during TIFF last year), that included a beautiful buffet dinner, entertainment by Dragonette over the water and plenty of Moet and vodka cocktails.

Tickets for the main party at the Power Plant included ample entertainment, like a reality/talk show, a dancefloor surrounded by enormous animated projections, an impressive bar, and a freakin’ roasting buffalo c/o Chef Mark Thuet. It’s safe to say attendees were fabulously dressed.

Neon hues, cut-outs (we glimpsed under-boob at one point), sky-high platform sandals, peplums, high-low/floor-grazing hems, and animal and abstract prints were style trends partygoers plucked from the runway – except theirs were actual designer pieces – not the diluted fast-fashion versions you’d see on the street.

Fashion events I’m used to attending include a lot of journalists, who often can’t afford the designs they write about (yours truly included), but always look amazingly styled. The folks at the Power Ball, especially those at the VIP party, seemed more likely to have their looks styled for them, along with hair and makeup. Read more…