Diary of the Week: Power Ball XVII, Maybelline 100, Butterfly Ball and One Eighty opening

Hors d'oeuvres were literally passed hand to hand by appendages plunging from various surfaces while a chandelier made from cooked octopus begged guests to snip off a tentacle. Thus was the spectacle of the Power Ball XVII, the theme of which - "Appetite for Excess" - was in full swing in the form of edible art installations, and the fancily clad guests made to engage with them while performers showered potato chips on them from a balcony above. The annual art extravaganza at the contemporary Power Plant gallery in Toronto draws an enviable list of influential Canadians, from Schitt's Creek stars Dan Levy and Annie Murphy to model Yasmin Warsame. Open bars were very open as bartenders sat high in theatre chairs casually doling out drinks from above, before the party opened up to the gallery's many rooms where different installations were on hand and kiddie pools were ready for power players on the patio.

Gigi Hadid was the guest of honour as Maybelline celebrated a century of cosmetic service. The model-of-the-moment, clad in brown stilettos, white slacks and a white blazer, was the talk of the night not only as industry heavyweights awaited her welcome speech but also as her new boyfriend, Joe Jonas, made the rounds. In welcoming guests to the fete, Katie Green, Director of Communications for Maybelline, called the brand's latest spokesmodel the “ultimate millennial girl who is the seamless combination of It girl and real girl.” Zany pink straws were the means de rigeur for sipping cocktails at The One Eighty, which opened just a few nights before - and those panoramic views of Toronto's skyline never get old.


Little butterflies were at the centre of every table at this year’s Butterfly ball, chaired by Daniela de Gasperis and with attendees that included Police Chief Mark Saunders, Suzanne and Edward Rogers, Lynn Factor and Vonna Bitove. More than $1000 was raised for each of the 420 well-heeled guests that descended on the Four Seasons Toronto for an affair that won’t soon be forgotten. The cause befitting the whopping $425,000 raised? The Boost Child & Youth Advocacy Centre, which helps kids like Lauren – a former client who spoke from Australia, where she’s on academic exchange – spread their wings. As guests dined on infused salmon and beef tenderloin, the auction heated up, culminating in a record-breaking bid of $32,000 from Jim de Gasperis for an original art by Boost teenagers. The icing on the evening came for Holt Renfrew’s Patrice Favereau, who won a Rolex watch in the draw.

A spectacular double rainbow was the belle of the ball on the 51st floor of tony Yorkville’s Manulife Centre, where influencers like Marilyn Denis, Hello! columnist Shinan Govani, Sarah Levy, Sharlene Chiu and Trinity Jackman toasted the city’s newest culinary destination: The One Eighty. Sipping classic cocktails with a twist and nibbling on mini version of the menu’s playful offerings – crunchy ramen salad, creamsicle panna cotta, cheesecake cannoli and chicken & waffles among them – DJ Lexx kept guests in party mode as the sun set over breathtaking panoramic views of Toronto.

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