FLARE is party hopping for TIFF opening weekend. On Saturday night, we hit of the after party for Stephen Chbosky’s film adaptation of his 1999 teen angst novel, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, for which he assembled Emma Watson, Nina Dobrev and more of Young Hollywood’s up and comers.
The Scene: The film’s young and cool cast showed no signs of being the titular wallflowers as they mingled with well-wishers at the 850 Richmond St West condo presentation centre–transformed for the night into a high school party, complete with drinks served in plastic beer cups.
The VIPs: Emma Watson, elfin in embroidered Erdem, commandeered the VIP couches, while Nina Dobrev bubbled with enthusiasm in her strapless Monique Lhuillier dress, stopping to chat, hug friends and take photos with fans. Ezra Miller vied for best hair of the night with his unlikely combo of French braid and muttonchops.
The Menu: More sophisticated than the average teen get-together, this party served up California rolls, jumbo shrimp and wasabi dip, halibut sliders, watermelon purée and tuna tartare prepped by King West resto Brassaii.
High school interactive: Guests were supplied with markers write MASH notes on a whitewashed junker car, and party sponsor Vitaminwater had a light board set up to arrange their colourful beverages, Lite-Brite style.
Last Call: Our school was never this cool.