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TIFF 2013: NKPR Brings “IT” Back Through the Lens of Caitlin Cronenberg

Continuing this merry season of TIFFmas giving, NKPR’s IT Lounge once again became a hot topic of conversation among festival guests and celebrities. Each year, the swanky gifting suite hosts its own portrait studio and doles out a bevy of bountiful goodies to attendees, all in the name of bringing “IT” back.

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The resident photographer of last year’s portrait studio was the inimitable Patrick Demarchelier, but decking out the NKPR offices in twee modern vintage sensibilities, celebrity snapper Caitlin Cronenberg took her seat behind the lens.

“I’ve always loved working with Natasha [Koifman] and the NKPR team. They’re so ambitious in their approach, and their creativity was perfectly aligned with my vision for the project,” says Cronenberg on her time at the IT Lounge. “Our goal is for the subjects to feel like they have walked into a home or comforting getaway. We hope to create an environment that is set apart  from a typical photo studio where each person who visits will have a portrait taken that is very editorially driven.”

Over the years, Cronenberg has steadily built her portfolio, which includes images of Robert Pattinson, Nina Dobrev, Daniel Radcliffe, Sarah Gadon and Michael Fassbender, with editorial spreads for Vogue Italia, French Elle, L’Uomo Vogue, Vanity Fair and The New York Times.

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Among the names who visited the lounge was a rolling credit of Canadian talent, from eligible bachelors (although, it’s right to say that Brad Smith is a bachelor no more), to Degrassi actors, Maple Leafs and music stars. Kardinal Offishall and JRDN were sure to stock up on their lounge goodies, which this year included Roots sweats and leathers, Tweezerman Slant Tweezers, Avon Start Something Bracelet, Colgate SlimSoft toothbrush, AQUAhydrate, Bottlegreen, YO SOX, Barilla pasta, Cold Stone Creamery gift cards, SKYY Vodka cocktails and Uber gift cards, DAVIDsTEA Movie Night tea and Perfect Mugs.

The Vampire Diaries’ Sara Canning sat for a gorgeous portrait, as did Life of Pi actor Irrfan Khan (above). In between their snaps, guests snacked on pasta and ice cream, sipped SKYY Vodka’s signature TIFF cocktails and got comfy in their Roots sweats. And a good time was had by all, til next year when I can’t even imagine who the next celebrity snapper could be… guesses?  

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Images via NKPR and Caitlin Cronenberg

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Warehouse’s Customer Styled Campaign Falls Flat

These days, it seems like there’s a constant battle between retailers trying to come up with the most innovative marketing campaigns and interactive online initiatives in order to steal as much of the market share as possible, which is most likely down to the tough economic climate. And the latest campaign that’s got our attention is by British high street retailer Warehouse.

Warehouse recently launched its Style Me If You Can marketing campaign, which turns their customers into the stylists. It features nine different videos focusing on different situations, from a job interview to a night out, and customers submit their stylish suggestions, with an overall winner for each scenario being chosen.

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You have to agree that it sounds like quite a cool idea, a great source of outfit inspiration, and as a company, it’s fun to see which styles customers particularly like to help guide their product offerings. In reality, however, the videos are unfortunately more cringe than cool, and you have to wonder who would actually sit and watch all nine of these videos. While we respect the efforts to encourage on-site engagement, this campaign misses the mark.

The new range, however, certainly contains a few must haves, from neon statement necklaces to trendy geometric jumpers. Check out the collection here — and watch one of the videos if you dare. 

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The Glitterati Come Out to Play at Fashion Media Awards and Dior

image: GETTY

Lady Gaga, image: GETTY

Fashion's heavy hitters came out in full force last night first to The Daily Front Row's Fashion Media Awards and then to Dior's event at Saks Fifth Avenue. Kate Upton, Marc Jacobs, Bruce Weber and Jessica Biel were among the presenters at the first annual Fashion Media Awards, which took place at posh Midtown eatery Harlow, owned by Nobu's Richie Notar. 

Kate Upton, image: Getty

Kate Upton, image: Getty

Among those honored at the event, held as part of the magazine’s Media Issue, were Karlie Kloss, Emily Weiss, Heidi Klum, Joe Zee, Stephen Gan, Ingrid Sischy and Jane Bruton, who mingled with seemingly every Park Avenue socialite. Dressed to the nines, the crowd listened as Jessica Biel recounted posing for Joe Zee's first Elle cover, how Emily Weiss went from zero to five employees in three years, Karlie Kloss crediting her older sister as the real brains behind her social media presence and Lady Gaga saying that V's Stephen Gan is the only one who puts "the picture first." How Lady Gaga managed to sneak in — with that hair and that outfit — without anyone noticing until right before she presented the final award to Stephen Gan is still a mystery!

  • Eight awards were given out throughout the night including:
  • Stephen Gan, V Magazine – Fashion Magazine of the Year, Presented by Lady Gaga
  • Joe Zee, ELLE – Creative Director of the Year, Presented by Jessica Biel
  • Heidi Klum – TV Personality of the Year, Presented by Tim Gunn
  • Karlie Kloss – Model of the Year, Social Media, Presented by Carlyne Cerf
  • Jane Bruton, Grazia UK – Editor in Chief of the Year, International, Presented by Marc Jacobs
  • Ingrid Sischy, Vanity Fair – Fashion Scoop of the Year (Galliano Interview), Presented by Bruce Weber
  • Emily Weiss, Into the Gloss – Maybelline New York’s “Born With It” Beauty Award, Presented by David Greenberg
  • Carol Smith, Harper’s Bazaar – Publisher of the Year, Presented by Stefani Greenfield

The awards were hosted by supermodel, Frida Gustavvson and The Daily Front Row, President & Publisher Paul Turcotte. Check out the full awards video below:

The glitterati then headed to a cocktail party on the third floor of Saks Fifth Avenue where Dior was celebrating its "New Look" with a few hundred of the world's most fashionable including Eva Chen, Laura Brown and just about every international Vogue editor. Fittingly, all 17 of the famed retailer's windows were outfitted with Dior's Fall 2013 collection — and a good chunk of the crowd was draped in it.

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Did Vogue Pull Its Miley Cyrus Cover After the VMAs Debacle?

Image: WENN.com

Image: WENN.com

It's been a long week (and I mean, emotionally), so let's cap off this Friday afternoon with something salacious. According to a fairly obvious blind item which was posted on LaineyGossip, it's possible that Vogue pulled its Miley Cyrus cover following her VMAs debacle. 

Part of the item

"It’s an opportunity that’s been withheld from some of the most famous women in the world. It’s considered a major honour – to make the cover, THAT cover, a cover her predecessors had achieved and one that was being offered to her just as she was moving forward with the next stage in her career. It was to be a big deal.

The photo shoot happened. Everyone was happy with the pictures.

[But then, following the VMAs controversy], [t]hey’ve told her that they are reconsidering her cover but that she’ll still show up in the pages, just not on the front page."

The phrase, "THAT cover," doesn't seem fitting for any magazine besides Vogue, but as LUXXX put it in the tFS Forum thread, "The bigger question is, why would Anna [Wintour] put her on the cover?"

loladonna replied, saying the move wouldn't have come as a surprise: "When Miley started popping up in Vogue post-Met gala I sensed a Vogue cover on the horizon. They seemed real high on her—at least before her VMA twerk-and-foam finger debacle."

I'm borderline convinced. Miley still seems too accessible or unglamorous for Vogue; she's more a young starlet than a big star. The rumor might have been more persuasive if the magazine in question was more in tune with pop culture, like Harper's Bazaar (especially because last month, the pop star straight up told the publication's executive editor, on-camera, that she wanted to be on the cover — 6:33 in the video).

As a sidenote: I hated seeing Miley's twerky tongue as much as anyone, but if you remember her first true controversy — in 2008, when she was 15, the Disney actress shot an over-sexed spread with Annie Leibovitz for Vanity Fair — it's hard not to feel compassionate towards her. Young women are taught that being sexy will get them attention and protection from other people, but then they're punished when they display their sexuality in the wrong way. That effect is magnified many times over in the case of someone like Miley, who hasn't been able to go out in public without being scrutinized for practically her entire adolescence. Of course she's a little bit of a mess; if she weren't, she'd be a monster. 

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New Loves and Old Favorites at TIFF’s Essentials Lounge

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September is a truly magical time in Toronto. It can be a little hectic, exhausting and stressful, but those beads of sweat just add to the enchantment, making your face glow with an air of mystical sparkle. Or so I like to tell myself during the Toronto International Film Festival.

If you can put up with crowds, lineups and copious cocktails, then TIFF is the best possible opportunity for you to stargaze and check out some amazing films before they get released to the general masses. But if, like me, you need a little help navigating your way through the festival, then EGPR’s annual TIFF Essentials Lounge has again come to the rescue with a selection of the best products to get red carpet ready (and, more importantly, recovered). You see, each year, the savvy publicists at EGPR invite select media to stock up on essential items that will help them through the week. Hence the name, the Essentials Lounge – it just makes sense right?

This year, the haul exceeded all expectations with skincare sessions provided by Elizabeth Grant (and delivered by Elizabeth Grant’s granddaughter no less); hair by Aveda, with national creative director and celebrity stylist, Kristjan Hayden, providing consultations, styling and expert tips; makeup by Hard Candy’s well-armed glam squad; tootsies primped and cradled by Micro Pedi and Sorel; eyelashes by Winks Boutique; and silhouettes shaped by Calvin Klein underwear.

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