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1275804032 The lights went out

With some Noah’s Ark weather battering us outside, and a slew of celebs therapy-ing retail inside, a certain party on Wednesday came to a certain stop when the lights all but went out.

“Who’s grabbing my tush?” screamed Harriet the Spy, a.k.a. Michelle Trachtenberg, a.k.a. the young thing who’s up to no good, no good at all on Gossip Girl these days.

Couples Retreat beauty Malin Akerman, whom I found myself in a tete-a-tete with at the precise time that the blackout happened here in a Toronto mall in, of all places, a Juicy Couture store (!) — very Stephen King by way of J. Lo– was considerably and categorically more blase. The Canadian managed to look even movie star-luminescent, if that is possible in the dark.

“Yes, it was me,” yuk-yuk’ed a late-arriving Alison Brie, who plays Pete’s rather fastidious housewife on mad Men and can also be found hooting it up of late on TV’s zany Community. “I caused the blackout,” she confessed.

But the party played on, yes, it did.

Even though all the rest of the stores in Yorkdale Mall quickly shuttered — “scared of looting,” a fellow journo revealed — Juicy wasn’t going to let a little power outage get in the way of the opening of their first, very first, we’re-more-than-just-velour-jogging-suits-thank-you-very-much store in the great nation of Canada!

Outside, there was a certain pandemonium due to the rush of fleeing customers, and the unusual monsoon state of affairs, and a near-half-hour-long trip to just get out of the mall’s parking lot. Inside, there were darling mini-brie sandwiches, served by quite tall sometime male models, and celebrities — celebrities! goodness! — putting the juice into Juicy!

“Head-to-toe Juicy,” the seriously cool-looking Malin told me about her party gear. except for the shoes. Those were Acne.

Blackouts and malls. Leading ladies and grilled cheese. you would have thought I’d covered it, right? well, I didn’t even mention that halfway through the store party, my jaw dropped — OK, a little — when a guy I used to know arrived at the affair having “transitioned” into a woman, ChastityBono-style.

-Britain’s Jenson Button, the reigning Formula 1 champ, is set to be feted at a party occurring next Tuesday at Boss’s ground-zero on Bloor.

-Conquering his post-show appetite at Cinq 01 earlier this week, in a room that also had pulled out the likes of Stacey Kimel, Trinity Jackman and Elisa Nuyten? That would be that peripatetic designer’s designer Haider Ackermann, who flew in from Paris to show his stuff at a swanky catwalk, organized by 119 Corbo and held earlier that eve at the ROM.

-Mr. Inventor of The Modern Legal Thriller, Scott Turow — in town next week for a variety of appearances, including the city ritual that is the Bob Ramsay Breakfast — recently summed up his beat to The Telegraph this way: “If you’re asking me for one theme in every book I’ve written, it would be that the law doesn’t come close to really understanding human beings, or dispensing a justice that’s fully consistent with our morality.”

-High society’ing gallerina Judith Tatar on all cylinders at L’Unita, on Avenue Road, the other night.

-The Surreal Gourmet! Bob Blumer! having a spot of tea, and then some, at the Library Bar inside the Fairmont Royal York one Sunday not too long ago.

-Ms. Barbara Amiel in Maclean’s: “Those of you who drink, just about everyone it seems, have no idea how awful it is to go through life stone cold sober, though I can well imagine how equally boring it makes me to you.”

sgovani@nationalpost.com

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