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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.

A cultivated crowd in luxe labels – people-watching was a fashion lover’s dream. Did I mention it included the most beautifully cut suits this gal has ever seen en masse? Hugo Boss was the presenting sponsor, natch.

Check out some of the looks guests Tweeted during the night, and pair it with a cocktail (recipes below) for the full experience:

 

 

The signature Power Ball cocktail.

The signature Power Ball cocktail. (Courtesy of Grey Goose)

 

Grey Goose POWER BALL HIGH BALL

Ingredients:

1.7 oz Grey Goose La Poire

2.5 oz Fresh apple juice

0.5 Freshly squeezed white grapefruit juice

0.2 oz Homemade ginger syrup (1 part ginger juice, 1 part raw sugar, 1 part water)

Method:

Build in glass over cubed ice and stir for 10 seconds. Garnish with balls of fresh pear and a sprig of mint.

 

The signature Soho House Toronto cocktail. (Courtesy of Grey Goose)

The signature Soho House Toronto cocktail. (Courtesy of Grey Goose)

 

Grey Goose LE FIZZ

Ingredients:

1.2 oz GREY GOOSE vodka

0.5 oz Elderflower cordial

0.5 oz Freshly lime juice

Method

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a champagne flute.

- Recipes courtesy of Grey Goose

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