Gala tale and tip
Boozy schmoozies headed to the Power Plant (231 Queens Quay West) May 3 for the ninth annual Power Ball fundraiser. Revolution was the theme, but the most subversive act witnessed was freshly manicured hands digging into rows of grocery-store birthday cakes.
A virtual kissing booth kept the crowd giggling as lovers and strangers exchanged digital tongue. If you're kicking yourself for missing a night of philanthropic fabulosity, there's always Saturday's (May 12) Fashion Cares fundraiser (www.fashioncares.com). Check Fashion Notes next week for our behind-the-scenes report.
Happy birthday, Preloved
Preloved (613 Queen West, 416-504-8704, www.preloved.ca) is officially a tween, and the reworked-vintage boutique celebrates its 12th-birthday bash tonight (Thursday, May 10) between 6 and 10 pm. Stop in to browse new spring goodies including bed-sheet-print wrap blouses and floral dresses with gauzy pink overlays. Munchies and Amsterdam beers are on the menu, and all the shop's merch will be marked down 30 per cent.
Dundas West walk
The streetcar track construction ditch that stretches along Dundas between Bathurst and Ossington hit local retailers hard just as spring shopping season was about to begin. Sidewalks are still fully functional, though, so we suggest braving a little pavement dust this weekend and hitting spots on the strip, including Model Citizen (913 Dundas West, 416-553-6632), Clandestino (249 Crawford, 647-436-4761), Sunshine Deli (895 Dundas West, 416-364-8832) and Made (867 Dundas West, 416-607-6384). Make a day of it with brunch at Saving Grace (907 Dundas West, 416-899-9186) and an Ella's Uncle (916 Dundas West, 416-703-8881) snack.
Swanky fashion and design players are hosting Contact Photography Festival (www.contactphoto.com) exhibitions this month. Haute French fashion house Hermès sponsors Paris VU': Visions Of The City at Alliance Française (24 Spadina, 416-922-2014).
Fashion Television's Glen Baxter is showing pictures from Benin, Mali and Niger in West Africa at the Hugo Boss Showroom (39 Hazelton, 416-975-2677). And Fluid Living (55 Mill, building #8, 416-850-4266) features Iceland Raw , a collection of northern landscapes. All shows close May 31.