The city’s blog media made much of a forced rivalry between this year’s double-booked Power Ball and Gallery TPW’s D-List Ball fundraisers (“Damn rich people who spend money to support the arts! I hate them,” wrote Tripper on Torontoist), but down at the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery on May 22, the real battle was for standing room, fought between banker brats, chain-smoking publicists and the art crowd they’d come to ogle.
The hoity fundraiser had renewed momentum this year, and, miraculously, the fickle see-and-be-seen-sters dressed up. There was the human mirror ball, a woman in a faceted shift dress and headband who meekly spun atop a bar, speckling the room with a jittery blizzard of light. There was the drag posse who rolled in at around 11 pm in bustiers and crinolines crowned with piles of wiggy locks. And there were hipsters in panda suits rolling around on bean-bag cushions in a makeshift rumpus room.
Birthday in the house
Stylish birthday snaps to Armin Martiros and his houseware boutique, Ma Zone (63 Jarvis, 416-868-0330, www.ma-zone.com), which celebrates its 10th anniversary this weekend (May 31-June 1). While other interior shops were beating beige to death, Ma Zone has always been a celebration of colour, infusing Toronto homes with vivid Alessi, Koziol and Ritzenhoff goodies.
Sarah Jessica Parker and the rest of her Sex And The City sisterhood return to theatres tomorrow (Friday, May 30), and should you be craving a taste of the film’s fashion magic, Payless (379 Queen West, 416-979-3816, and others, www.payless.com) has just released the second season of its footwear collaboration with stylist Patricia Field. Metallic pumps, sandals and flats starting at $35 are sold alongside similarly SATC handbags and clutches.
Sweet Deal bites
Toronto womenswear label NADA (www.nadadesigns.com) holds its spring/summer sample sale today (Thursday, May 29) through Sunday (May 31) at 51 Bulwer (suite 100). Shirtmaker Novesa London hosts a men’s styling clinic this evening (Thursday, May 29) from 6 to 9 pm at its flagship store (83 Yorkville). E-mail Cynthia@novesa.com to RSVP.