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Find out how and why Monika Schnarre looks the way she does

Ever wonder why Monika Schnarre looks the way she does? Well, the supermodel revealed today via press release that she began looking for “a safe, natural, efficacy-based anti-aging option that would actually perform as advertised” when she turned 40—and she found it. Enter iampure, a beauty system designed by Dr. Keith Burk and his team at Avaria Health and Beauty Corp. (whew, what a mouthful). The complete “system” includes pills and creams, all bearing Schnarre’s name, as if she made the stuff, even though we’re not totally sold on the fact that she even uses these products. But we’re certain she’ll sing a different tune on July 5, which is when she’ll be selling her anti-aging cure on The Shopping Channel. There’s no word yet whether she’ll be going on before or after the Ronco Food Dehydrator segment.

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Lucian Matis sparks pastie-gate at his fall/winter 2012 show

Lucian Matis (Image: Jenna Marie Wakani)

Lucian Matis kicked off Toronto Fashion Week last night with an offsite show in one of the Royal York Hotel’s cavernous halls, with guests like Corner Gas star Gabrielle Miller, actress Sarah Gadon, model Monika Schnarre, singer Kreesha Turner and MTV personality Aliya-Jasmine Sovani. The show was ostentatious and awe-inducing as usual, but there was a problem: models were too covered up, and it became very tiresome (and not for the reasons you think). Find out what we mean and check out Matis’s entire fall/winter 2012 collection after the jump.

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The Swag Series: NKPR’s IT Lounge, like Oprah’s Favourite Things, but in a TIFF gifting lounge

For those actors who work out a lot (Image: Fraser Abe)

What it is: Another year of NKPR’s IT Lounge, hosted at their Adelaide Street headquarters. NKPR honcho Natasha Koifman has developed close relationships with big names through her association with Artists for Peace and Justice (for every new follower @NatashaNKPR gains during TIFF, she will donate $1 to APJ) so expect to see plenty of true boldface names strut through this gifting suite. Check out the celebrity swag after the jump.

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Dream-casting The Real Housewives of Toronto: seven ideal stars for the Canada-bound reality show

We learned recently that the Real Housewives franchise is officially looking into a Canadian spinoff. No word for sure on which major city will get the nod, but Toronto seems like an obvious choice. According to the Post’s Shinan Govani, our top duelling divas Stacey Kimmel and Suzanne Rogers have already declined offers to participate. Meanwhile, the city’s original glitter girl Catherine Nugent told ET Canada that she “wouldn’t even consider” an offer.

Luckily, not all Toronto socialites have such resolve. Govani reported that Jessica Mulroney, wife to Ben and new mom to the couple’s new chinny-chin twins, is “in talks” (though her hubby later recanted on her behalf). Ainsley Kerr, the best local example of the famous-for-being-famous phenomenon, played coy when asked about her involvement. We thought you had to be married or divorced to be qualify as a Housewife, but maybe not.

Depending on your feelings about trash television, this is either the best news since So You Think You Can Dance Canada, or a sign of the cultural apocalypse. Personally, we think a show like this would be must-see TV. Torontonians are so stiff and serious—a little mudslinging might do us some good. And so—with our fingers crossed and our PVRs primed—we set about coming up with the ultimate cast list for The Real Housewives of Toronto. Our picks, after the jump.

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The Shopping Channel kicks off its Canadian Designer Week

Is there anything Schnarre can't do? (Image: -Nikkon-)

The Shopping Channel has announced its seasonal Canadian Designer Week (March 21–25) to inspire the haves and have-nots to support homegrown fashions. Admittedly, we don’t usually care about The Shopping Channel, but the list of designers on this season’s roster caught our eye: Wayne Clark, Lucian Matis, model-cum-designer Monika Schnarre, David Dixon and Brian Bailey (a.k.a. Canada’s Tim Gunn).

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What you missed this weekend: the biggest stories at TIFF so far

Milla Jovovich sneaking out of her premiere (Image: Mauricio Contreras-Paredes)

Our dance card was full this weekend as we attended all the best TIFF parties and premieres. But we don’t just brag about hobnobbing with Javier Bardem and Josh Brolin; we’ll give you all the insider gossip. If you haven’t been following the action as it happens, here are the highlights:

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Hello! says goodbye to editor Ciara Hunt at glam TIFF party

After leaving the Hello! soirée, Ciara Hunt headed south to the YSL after party at Victor Restaurant (Image: by George Pimentel/Getty Images)

It was a night of Hello! and goodbye at the Royal Conservatory of Music last night, when Hello! magazine’s annual TIFF to-do doubled as a send-off for editor-in-chief Ciara Hunt, who is moving to Boston on Monday. Greeting guests in a black leather-esque dress by Halston and green drop earrings (a nod to her Irish background), the Toronto scene staple explained that she and her husband just decided they needed a change. “We’ve decided we’re going to keep on moving until we realize that we love a city and we’re going to stay there,” she said. “We’ve loved Toronto. It’s changed so much in the four and a half years I’ve been here.”

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See a short film of Coco Rocha’s wedding

Earlier today, we posted photos from the Muskoka wedding of Monika Schnarre, Canada’s first supermodel. Another Canuck beauty, current modelling sensation Coco Rocha, got hitched recently to interior designer James Conran. In France. At a castle. With fireworks. Details from the wedding have been hush-hush, but today, Rocha released a short film of the event with footage of the ceremony, speeches, the first dance and interviews with the couple. Click on the link below to watch.

Coco + James // Short film from Americana Cinema on Vimeo.

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Monika Schnarre, Canada’s first supermodel, ties the knot. See the photos

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It’s official: Canada’s first supermodel is off the market. Monika Schnarre (whom, modelling pedigree aside, many of us know best as the he-she who seduced Steve Sanders on the original 90210) made it official with her beau of two years, Storey Badger. The couple exchanged vows in front of family and friends in Muskoka, which is where they met two summers ago…on the same day that Schnarre split with her ex. So, ladies (or at least lady supermodels), it is possible to find true love after 35. Here, some snaps of the bride on her big day, which included a grand entrance on a 1936 Ditchburn and a live serenade courtesy of Bad Company singer Paul Rodgers, who performed the group’s classic “Feel Like Makin’ Love” to put the bride and groom in the consummating mood. See the slide show >>

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Lucian Matis takes it to the max with his fall collection

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Lucian Matis consistently puts out one of the most interesting collections of fashion week, but despite being a finalist on the first season of Project Runway Canada, his show on Thursday was quiet. There were a few notable guests—model Stacey McKenzie, who was a regular sight at the Allstream Centre, Ainsley Kerr and Monika Schnarre—but the crowd was nothing compared to the Pink Tartan and Joe Fresh Style shows the night before. The clothes were maximalist, with ballooning shoulders and hips, intricate beading, busy patterns and lace. The collection was a feast for the eyes; too bad more eyes weren’t there to see it.

View our slide show of the Lucian Matis show >>

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Golden Globe outfits trashed, Canada Goose parkas are like SUVs, Jersey Shore clothing line

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A Canada Goose parka

Dani Reiss, CEO of Canada Goose, compares his now-ubiquitous down parkas to SUVs—just as the Land Rover was not intended to be an urban status symbol (it was supposed to be an off-road vehicle), Canada Goose outerwear is made for barren northern climes. Instead, says Reiss, it’s turned into the affluent city slicker’s winter coat of choice. It’s true. People in Toronto aren’t trudging through snowdrifts, but it seems every third person is wearing a toasty Canada Goose. [Toronto Star]

• The outfits at the Golden Globes have received some pretty harsh criticism, but Mad Men’s Christina Hendricks, who plays Joan, is the target of most of the bashing. Andre Leon Talley, the larger-than-life Vogue editor-at-large, described her Christian Siriano strapless peach number as a “roadside-diner peach melba,” saying the ruffles on her frock “thudded like industrial tarp along her body.” Talley’s sentiments were shared by the New York Times’ Cathy Horyn, who called Hendricks’ outfit an “exploding ruffle dress” and agreed with a stylist who said, “You don’t put a big girl in a big dress. That’s rule number one.” [Vogue]

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Lucian Matis proves that we all go a little mad sometimes

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The opening look from Lucian Matis's spring show (Photo by Jenna Marie Wakani)

You’re right, Lucian Matis: an entire week of fashion makes us a little crazy, too.

Friday was the final night of fashion week runway shows and featured our Romanian prince of fantastical frocks, who held court with a cohesive, if sometimes precious, spring collection with jesters in tow.

Surely after days of eager crowds and poker-faced spectators we were in need of comic relief, which would explain the large watercolour clown print on the opening dress, followed by similarly relaxed silhouettes, shape-altering blouses and slim draped numbers. And if the sight of a clown hadn’t already drained the colour from our faces, Matis rendered his headgear-adorned models in hospital wall pastels, right down to the scraps of fabric that acted as bandages for his muses’ feet. No need to convince us—runway walking is a dangerous game.

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PHOTO GALLERY: 31 TIFF red carpet looks

Jennifer Garner on the red carpet for the premiere of The Invention of Lying at the Visa Screening Room during the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival.Jennifer Garner and Julianne Moore opted for green and strapless, Amanda Seyfried chose sequins and Louboutins, and Drew Barrymore and Demi Moore did yellow in two very different ways. See the red carpet outfits these stars (and 26 others) chose for their TIFF galas in the slide show below.

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We talk dildos with Kristin Booth and nude photo shoots with Dragonette’s Martina Sorbara at the Hello! party

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Russel Peters and his girlfriend

Nothing says Yorkville quite like a Birks blue box (perhaps with the exception of Tiffany’s), so it was apt that star-stalking Hello! magazine staged its festival bash at the jeweller’s Bloor Street shop. The Bay-Bloor junction was jammed with iPhone-waving onlookers eager to snap a shot of red carpeters, including us. We said hello to head-turning actress Monika Schnarre, who was sporting a sexy backless dress by Lucian Matis. Being Erica star Erin Karpluk assured us that Ethan and Erica are still together in the soon-to-air Season Two. Just then, the crowd got rowdy for funny man Russell Peters, who hammed it up on the red carpet. “I never know what to do with my hands,” he joked while under fire from a dozen cameras. When a photographer asked for a solo shot, he retorted “So you hate my girlfriend?”

Inside, it was a bling-off between the Birks showcases and the gem-dotted glitterati. Crisis hit early, however: two attendees were wearing the same BCBG dress. “Whatever, you look better in it,” said a friend to one of the identically clad ladies.

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