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TIFF Festival Street: Where Cinema Meets the Sidewalk

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Image: Courtesy of TIFF

The Toronto International Film Festival marks its 40th anniversary this year. This is one of the most exciting times in Toronto, not just for the red carpet events or the celebrities who roll through, but for the contagious energy it brings to the city. Every year, TIFF takes it up a notch and never ceases to amaze us. One new initiative we are excited about is Festival Street, a free outdoor festival running through September 13 on King Street West between Peter and University Streets. During the event, that area will be a no-vehicle zone, giving free access to everyone.

What’s great about this is that it caters to everyone, whether or not you have tickets to go see a film, an invite to a gift lounge or are looking for something to do for a date night, you can still take part in some TIFF fun. Also not to be missed is Questival, a walking interactive quiz designed by Frontier Design & Innovation. Balloons decorated with artwork will float above the streets as well, so it should be a great sight to see. Each balloon will have artwork showcasing a past festival film. If you are into live music, make sure to stop by the NewCanadianMusic.ca Stage, which will have music from up-and-coming talent. (more…)

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Forums Go Into Meltdown Over Charlie Hunnam’s VMan Fall 2015 Cover (Forum Buzz)

Now and then a menswear fashion magazine might catch our attention and VMan‘s Fall 2015 cover definitely has us talking. While Lana Del Rey’s V Magazine cover garnered mixed reviews, VMan‘s latest installment has received a huge amount of applause on our forums. Charlie Hunnam is the biannual publication’s latest cover star and sports a dramatic red cross on his face for photographer Tim Walker. Captivating cover shot? Check. Minimal text? Check. What more could we possibly ask for?

VMan #34 Fall 2015 Charlie Hunnam by Tim Walker

IMAGE: VMAGAZINESHOP.COM

Members of our forums were immediately enthralled by the image. “It”s simply not fair to be that hot! The cover is amazing,” raved Wolkfolk right away, setting the tone of comments to come.

“Oh my goodness! So sexy!!! Amazing!!” proclaimed MON.

In agreement was Benn98, confessing, “God, even with red paint across his face he still exudes sex! I hate myself for liking this.”

“Wow, I really like this!” admitted a pleasantly surprised RanThe. This sure does sound positive for sales this season.

“This is fantastic!” praised justaguy, while rubydon shared, “Love charlie, great cover.”

Check out previews of VMan‘s Fall/Winter 2015 edition and get in on the action here.

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Alexa Chung’s New App Seems Strangely Familiar

Resident It girl Alexa Chung is delving into the world of tech with new app Villoid, a social style app that is threatening the stability of our wallets. The premise is simple and not entirely foreign – the app allows users to browse through a wide selection of clothing and accessories, ‘love’ all their favorites and arrange their picks on mood boards, which they can share with the Villoid community. The app also allows you to upload images from your phone to the mix. You can also follow other users whose looks you fancy on the app, as well as like other peoples’ items and boards. Oh, yeah – and you can purchase the items you love because no style app would be complete without a shopping element.

Chung said she got inspired by a certain beloved 90s teen movie character as she was putting together the app. “I suppose that scene in Clueless where the computer puts an outfit together from Cher’s wardrobe really stayed with me,“ Chung said. “Clothes are fun, making mistakes is fun, being inspired is fun. Villoid celebrates the process of getting dressed and showing your friends.”

We tried the app today and while we can’t knock Ms. Chung’s hustle, the app does feel similar to other shopping/mood board-based apps we’ve used before. With shopping apps like Polyvore on the market, this seems like a slightly different take on a classic setup, with Chung’s special touch. Perhaps we can describe it as a hybrid between Polyvore, Instagram and Pinterest. 

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The Bachelor Sam Wood Spills On His Relationship With Heather Maltman Post-Show

Photo: Tenplay

Photo: Tenplay

Our hearts shattered into a million pieces watching H-Bomb say buh-bye to Bachman on last night’s episode of The Bachelor, but that might not have been the end of their relationship.

Speaking to news.com.au, Sam Wood said he would like to check in and see how his white-rose receiver, Heather Maltman, is doing since he sent her packing, admitting that he hasn’t spoken to her since her dropped the F-bomb on her one last time. Friendship(more…)

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A $500,000 Lawsuit Claims Lorna Jane Employee Felt ‘Suicidal’ Because of Workplace Fat-Shaming

It’s been a bit of a rough year for Lorna Jane. First the activewear label was under fire for its receptionist/fit model requirements, and now a former-employee is claiming she became “decrepit and suicidal” because of workplace bullying about her body size.

ABC reports that Amy Robinson, an ex-store manager for the company, is seeking more than $500,000 for the pain and suffering she endured during her six-month stint with Lorna Jane back in 2012, as well as ongoing psychiatric problems. 

At a size 14, Amy claims that there was an expectation for staff to look like “gym bunnies”, felt like she was picked on because of her size and was also encouraged to skip meals. (more…)

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Claire Danes Outshines Everyone Else on W Magazine’s ‘The New Royals’ Issue (Forum Buzz)

W magazine deserves some recognition for consistently producing visually stimulating covers. The title served up Gigi Hadid for September, gave us Taraji P. Henson for August and now delivers six different personalities for its annual “The New Royals” issue and the covers certainly have us talking. W secured Julianne Moore, Allison Williams, Adam Driver, Claire Danes, Greta Gerwig and Jourdan Dunn, who were each shot by Dutch photographic duo Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin.

W Magazine October 2015 The New Royals by Inez & Vinoodh

IMAGE: WMAGAZINE.COM

Fair to say, one cover stood out from the rest. “Claire Danes’ cover is by far the best. Love how sunned and bronzed she looks. That feels very fresh for a fashion magazine cover,” expressed a satisfied dior_couture1245.

“I’m only here for Claire, she looks so good on the cover,” added KateTheGreatest.

In agreement was MON: “Claire Danes’ is by far the best! It’s different from the rest and it looks so natural. Love it.” (more…)

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