Crazy and quirky fashion at Power Ball 2012
By Karolyne Ellacott
Laurent Fort and Biko Beauttah at Power Ball 2012 (Images: Karolyne Ellacott)
Drawing some 1,700 guests out to the waterfront, the Power Ball is Hogtown’s big-ticket fête of the summer. Held at The Power Plant, this year’s fundraiser served to blow out the candles on the gallery’s 25th birthday cake, with a Quarter-Life Crisis theme inspiring attendees to don either their finest frippery or the wildest getup they could muster up. We checked out the scene, finding plenty of feathers, sequins and, well, orange (apparently Pantone’s colour of the year memo worked rather well).
The mixed crowd saw everyone from uptown socialites to downtown fashion types, with artists aplenty peppering the scene. Spread out over a series of rooms, guests were able to boogie in spaces outfitted with artwork by Jesse Harris, Jesi the Elder and, our favourite, Philippe Blanchard, whose sculptural pieces made dancers feel as though they were caught in a giant GIF.
Elsewhere, Sarah Febbraro interacted with guests directly through her live talk show, while Marisa Hoicka was holed up in a room of her own, obeying the directions of viewers at, literally, the flip of a switch. With options including Ceiling, TV and Beer, the artist was seen guzzling plenty of brews, much to the delight of onlookers.
Thanks to Marc Thuet, revelers noshed on corn on the cob, fancified poutine, and gussied-up mac ‘n’ cheese, with bison working its way into just about everything (there was one roasting on a spit, after all). As the night wore on, the scene got livelier, and folks danced their way into the wee hours.