Diary of the Week: Fausto Puglisi, Flare x Metro, PROM X and the Theatre Ball

As if the blink-and-you'll-miss-it underground space weren't cool enough, the brick-lined walls of Holt Renfrew's #WMCFW party were further embellished by the ram- and sun-splashed tiles that are the current calling card of man-of-the-hour Fausto Puglisi. The Sicilian designer and his confident, '80s-worthy designs are surely having a moment, and while his wildly embellished offerings are a staple at Milan Fashion Week, they've also graced the bodies of everyone from Nicki Minaj and Jennifer Aniston to Canada's Kiesza and Toronto socialite Sylvia Mantella - who stole the show at this particular soiree in a full, geometric-printed mini skirt and multi-patterned cropped jacket.

Flare magazine has found a unique collaborator in Metro Ontario, as the food purveyor and fashion favourite join forces to bring revellers into the kitchen with some of Canada's hottest design talent - and if the launch party was any indication, this pairing is a match made in heaven. First up to offer runway-inspired recipes? Designers (and too-cute couple!) Sid Neigum and Chloe Gordon (of Beaufille), who were among the King West fete's 200 attendees. The cocktails were flowing while nibbles from Toben Food by Design were passed and guests were primped at the Flaunt Boutique beauty station.


After a decade, the ROM celebrated its final high-school hearkening with the Douglas Coupland-inspired PROM X. Having been told to "curate an artistic ensemble," the museum's young patrons and hundreds of their closest friends let their avant-garde sides shine in bold patterns and electric pops of colour - an ode to the Canadian artist's brightly hued, boundary-pushing works, featured in his current show, Everywhere is Anywhere is Anything is Everything. While all attendees let loose on the dance floor and got hopped up on confection-coloured bevies and a "pop explosion" candy bar, those who splurged on the VIP experience were given the opportunity to meet the artist and receive a signed Polaroid.

To the theatre Toronto went on Thursday (Mar. 26) - but little did they know the wonders that lay in store. The Arcadian Court played host for the night as guests, clad in black tie and here to celebrate the ever-innovative Canadian Stage, enjoyed an intimate performance by Emmy winner Lance Horne and theatre darling Taylor Mac - who performed in drag and stole a moment-stealing smooch from Mayor John Tory. Nearly 300 guests raised an impressive $355,000, thanks in part to both silent and live auctions with one-of-a-kind items like a trip to the Brooklyn Academy of Music for a unique experience with visual artist Stan Douglas, and an opportunity to design a custom piece of jewelry with Solitaire. After a multi-course dinner, guests cut a rug to DJ Maylee Todd's Motown and R&B stylings.

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