Jacquelyn West and Natasha Penzo, co-chairs of Boobyball 9. Story by Carole Park. Photography by Natalie Castellino.
Disco balls, big hair and sequins were de rigueur at Studio 54, so it was no surprise to see all of the above in abundance at Boobyball 9: FLASH in support of Rethink Breast Cancer. On Saturday night, the Kool Haus was transformed into a 54-worthy venue for an evening that would have made Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager a bit envious. A tall, tanned blonde wearing nothing but silver pasties and a thong served sparkling rosé to arriving guests, while photo-op areas framed the venue’s perimeter—one couldn’t help feeling as though the paparazzi was around at all times.
All that seemed to be missing was a crescent moon with a silver spoon and having someone ride in on a white horse.
Andy Warhol, Bianca Jagger and Diana Vreeland couldn’t make it, but there was no shortage of party-goers going all out for their 15 minutes. Spotted were co-chairs Jacquelyn West in Hervé Léger and Natasha Penzo in Joeffer Caoc. Ainsley Kerr, co-chair and event specialist for Rethink Breast Cancer, looked like a dancing queen in her flowing pink mini-dress, while blogger-about-town Nolan Bryant channeled classically chic Halston in a grey turtleneck and jacket.
We went behind the scenes of the Studio 54-themed photo shoot, in support of the Boobyball benefit for Rethink Breast Cancer. Tickets for the October 16 benefit went on sale today! Buy yours at www.boobyball.com
Story and photography by Brendan Adam Zwelling.
Rethink Breast Cancer recently organized a photo shoot for its upcoming Boobyball benefit in Bavette, the soon-to-be-opened resto lounge underneath Marben on Wellington Street.
Nothing out of the ordinary there, you might think. Except that this shoot’s theme was Studio 54, that iconic playground of the ascendant, the turbulent and the spiraling-out, where fame and the pursuit of indulgence mingled on a disco-infused dancefloor and drifted through lounges populated by Birkin, Halston and Minnelli alongside scores of young hopefuls.
Over seven hours, a slate of talented local photographers—including Jalani Morgan and Babar Khan—snapped models and industry volunteers who got into the ’70s Manhattan spirit.
Ainsley Kerr at the LINE Knitwear Fall 2010 fashion show. Photo courtesy of Mezzomondo.
Ainsley Kerr is one of the most photographed—and most photogenic—people in the city. A perennial presence on best-dressed lists and a serious supporter of Canadian fashion, Ainsley is most often described as a socialite—which is an easy way to sum up her fortunate background and busy volunteer schedule. By day, she’s an event planner. This year, she’s helming the Boobyball, ReThink Breast Cancer‘s biggest fundraising event of the year.
Ainsley shared her favourite places in Toronto with The Style Notebook.
Favourite place to go for a drink during the week (and drink of choice)
“On the weekend I usually prefer to just chill at home and have a nice glass of red wine in the evening. In the summer, nothing beats sharing a cold bottle of white wine with friends on a dock in Muskoka.”