British designer Zandra Rhodes 's bold textiles are coveted collectables by the world's A-list fashion folk. On Tuesday (March 7), Rhodes will brief Toronto's own stylerati on her love of daring colours and gutsy prints at a gala lecture at the Royal Ontario Museum (100 Queen's Park). Vintagecouture. com 's Lynda Latner will also present a collection of Rhodes designs. Tickets are $115 and benefit the ROM's new costume and textile gallery. Call 416-586-5797 or log on to www.rom.on.ca for info.
As the Interior Design Show opening night gala was revving up at the National Trade Centre on February 23, the city's design pack went pre-drinking at Fluid Living (55 Mill, Building #8, 416-850-4266, fluidliving.com) for a peek at the shop's new sofa collection. The line, created by store founder Roy Banse , celebrates clean lines and casual, luxurious upholstery fabrics like wide-wale corduroy and wool/cashmere blends. It includes comfy sofas, chairs and ottomans priced between $1,000 and $4,600.
Meanwhile, at the Interior Design Show itself, furniture fans were swooning over the Never Follow Student Exhibition . Interior design and architecture newbies put their best seat forward by crafting some very stylish chairs. Standouts included a lipstick-red armchair with exaggerated ski-style legs by OCAD's Volha Rahtka and the curvy laminated ash Stan Stool by Sheridan College's Karol Kosnik . Here's hoping their designs arrive soon at a chic showroom near you.
You may have kept up your workout resolutions in the first few weeks of 2006, but if your self-health spirit is starting to wane, stop in to Energia Athletics (164 Danforth, 416-406-6664, www.energiaathletics.com) for a body boost. Energia includes a yoga studio, spinning room and boutique stocked with exercise clothing, accessories and shoes to inspire months of sweat-breaking. Take a Pilates class or attend a running clinic for pavement pounders prepping for their first half-marathon.