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TIFF RED CARPET: Gwyneth Paltrow, Mark Ruffalo, Tim Robbins and Edward Norton at Thanks for Sharing

TIFF RED CARPET: Gwyneth Paltrow, Mark Ruffalo, Tim Robbins and Edward Norton at Thanks for Sharing

At last year’s festival, Steve McQueen’s Shame taught us that there’s nothing funny about sex addiction, grinding Michael Fassbender through a blue-hued nightmare of compulsion and coital anguish. Stuart Blumberg’s Thanks for Sharing takes a different tack, approaching sex addiction with humour—so it was fitting that the film’s cast and crew were more smiles than sweaty palms on the red carpet at the Ryerson Theatre last night. Stars Mark Ruffalo, Tim Robbins, Patrick Fugit and Gwyneth Paltrow (fresh off a plane from Los Angeles and gorgeous in a Tom Ford dress) played nice for the cameras and howling fans. Writer/director Blumber and Thanks for Sharing executive producer Edward Norton also affably made the rounds. Our only complaint? Robbins joined the tieless brigade taking over TIFF 2012. Come on guys, would it kill you to dress up a little?

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Shit Girls Say is going to become a book (with pictures!)

The once-ubiquitous blog-to-book trend has been supplanted of late by Twitter to TV series and/or book (it doesn’t sound as good as blog-to-book, we realize). The latest success story is from local boys and Shit Girls Say creators Kyle Humphrey and Graydon Sheppard, who have just inked a book deal with Harlequin. A press release notes that the publication will maintain the “irreverent spirit of Humphrey and Sheppard,” and will feature full-colour images that capture the “hilarious essence of everyday phrases used by women.” So, it sounds like it’ll be a coffee table book, which will make for the perfect complement to a collection of Monocle magazines, Tom Ford by Tom Ford and any number of Urban Outfitters classics.

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The List: 10 things Stratford artistic director Des McAnuff can’t live without

McAnuff’s production of Jesus Christ Superstar hits Broadway this month. Here, a few of his favourite things

Des McAnuff1| My Litespeed racing bike
It’s the same kind of bike Robbie McEwen used to win his first green jersey at the Tour de France. The bike is a work of art, and I’m completely unworthy of it.

Des McAnuff2| My Fender Telecaster
I bought my guitar in the summer of ’86 when I was playing in a rockabilly band in California. Since then, I’ve used it to play with Pete Townshend when we were doing Tommy, and I still sometimes play with the Jersey Boys band.

Des McAnuff3| My scent
It’s very metro of me to admit this, but I’ve always liked cologne. My scent is Tobacco Vanille by Tom Ford. I get lots of compliments on it, which is nice, and it’s the closest I’ll ever get to smoking again.

4| Fast cars
I’ve been a fan of Formula 1 since I was 10 years old. I still follow it religiously—I’ve been known to get up at 4 a.m. to watch races in Europe. My hero is Gilles Villeneuve, the fastest man ever to drive a Ferrari. I’m also a fan of his son, Jacques.

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Venice vs. TIFF fashion showdown, Madonna edition

Her Royal Majesty the Queen of Pop—that’s right, ladies and gentlemen, Madonna—screened her second directorial feature at both the Venice and Toronto film festivals this year, and, of course, walked the red carpet at each one. Her film, W.E., goes back and forth in time, exploring a pair of relationships: Wallis Simpson and Prince Edward VIII’s affair in wartime England and a contemporary romance between a married woman and a Russian-American security guard. While the movie juxtaposes the two love stories, we’d rather juxtapose Madonna’s outfit choices. Madge was black-tie ready in Venice with a custom-made floor-length grey gown covered in red butterflies by Italian designer Vionnet. In Toronto, Madonna went with a classic but much more pared-down look: a black Tom Ford dress with lace overlay (offset by her dramatic red lips). For our part, we prefer her ensemble for the Toronto screening: clean lines and a lack of insects just works. What do you think?

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(Images: Madonna at Venice—Ian Gavan/ Getty Images Entertainment/ Getty Images; Madonna at TIFF—Christopher Drost)

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Five womenswear-friendly brands we wish would open up flagships in Toronto but, for whatever reason, are not

We took care of the gents yesterday, but certainly haven’t forgotten about women’s needs—just like menswear, a range of womenswear options (especially mid-range options) aren’t as available in Toronto as in cities like New York, London and Paris. We decided to put our thinking caps on to uncover which outside-of-Canada shops we’d like to see open up flagships for Toronto’s fashionable ladies.

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Holt Renfrew announces major brand acquisitions for fall, including exclusive rights to Tom Ford’s women’s collection

Now more than ever, Toronto’s biggest fashion retailers are engaged in a battle of the brands, with Holt Renfrew and The Bay going punch for punch for high-street supremacy. Measuring whose stock is up these days seems to depend on who can gain exclusive rights to a high-profile collection (or, as mentioned last week, a celebrity endorsement), and today Holt Renfrew announced that it would be the exclusive Canadian retailer for Tom Ford’s much-hyped fall 2011 women’s collection. But that wasn’t the only good news this morning: Barbara Atkin, Holt Renfrew’s vice-president of fashion direction, announced the acquisition of Givenchy’s men’s collection, the Pendleton Portland collection for women and, for those fans of the Olsen twins, their collaboration with TOMS Shoes. Suddenly, it seems like the consumer is being pulled by the arms in two directions, from Queen Street West and Bloor Street. Should anyone’s limbs fall off, we’re sure somebody will have exclusive rights to designer prosthetics next month.

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Justin Bieber named one of Time’s 100 most influential people

Bieber in doll form, sits on a kitchen counter (Image: Gareth Simpson)

Apparently purple high-tops, wind-swept mop tops and songs about babies are pretty influential these days—or at least that’s what the folks at Time seem to think. The newsweekly has just named Justin Bieber, Stratford’s pop prince, one of its 100 most influential people in the world, an honour bestowed upon those whose “ideas spark dialogue and dissent and sometimes even revolution.” And who better to justify the selection in those august pages than Bieber’s mentor, Usher?

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Can-con heart warmer: Gonzales and Drake make nice at the Junos

Last weekend’s Juno Awards ceremony may not have been this season’s red carpet high point, but it seems as though it was the venue for some old-fashioned hatchet burying. Judging from his opening skit, Drake seems to have struck up a new friendship with his one-time detractor, oddball pianist and songwriter Gonzales (a.k.a. Chilly Gonzales a.k.a. Jason Beck). The two looked positively chummy onstage, performing a mash-up of Canadian hits during the hip-hop host’s opening monologue (see video, left).

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Taking Stock: five Toronto trendsetters tell us what they can’t live without

We talked to five Toronto trendsetters from the fashion, art and design worlds who make a living selling style. Here, an inventory of home stuff they can’t live without


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Celebrity speculation begins: are Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush and Freida Pinto coming to TIFF?

Colin Firth and A Single Man director Tom Ford (Image: Karon Liu)

We have a preliminary leak of some stars expected to attend TIFF this September. Martin Knelman of the Star dishes that The King’s Speech (starring Mr. Darcy himself, Colin Firth, and Geoffrey Rush) and Miral (Julian Schnabel’s new film starring Slumdog Millionaire beauty Freida Pinto, Vanessa Redgrave and Willem Dafoe) will have their world premieres at the festival.

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Thirteen-year-old makes Flare editor cry, H&M organic line is not organic, Jimmy Choo emulates Tommy Ton

• Are Tommy Ton and Jimmy Choo starring in the sequel to Single White Female? Ton thinks so. Earlier this morning, Toronto’s famed street-style snapper pointed an accusing finger at the luxury shoe company when he tweeted, “Is it me or does the Jimmy Choo 24:7 campaign look a lot like…ahem…you know what I mean :S.” Truth be told, it doesn’t take much inspection to see the striking similarities between the images Ton shoots for his blog, Jak and Jil, and Choo’s new campaign. [Fashionista]

• Fashion editors were appalled when 13-year-old blogger Tavi Gevinson sat front row at the Dior couture show, wearing a gargantuan bow atop her head. Flare editor Lisa Tant tweeted, “Sobbing to think that a 13-year-old gets a front-row seat to cover couture. No justice in this world.” Meanwhile, Jeanne Beker took to Twitter, calling Gevinson’s bow “outrageous.” Both women later said their comments were taken out of context. Apparently “outrageous” is a good thing in the fashion world, but burning bridges is not. [Mondoville]

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Hermès accused of hoarding alligator skins, Karl Lagerfeld creates SpongeBob doll, Tom Ford disses Jason Reitman

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Tom Ford at the TIFF premiere of A Single Man (Photo by Karon Liu)

• Canadian model Coco Rocha announced last week that she’s launching her own fashion line. No details yet, but her sketches include high-waisted skinny jeans, ankle-skimming pants, and a shirt, skirt and cape. We’re not impressed with the initial designs, but if her line comes out anything like Kate Moss for Topshop (we hope, coming to The Bay), we won’t complain. [Oh So Coco]

SpongeBob SquarePants got a makeover courtesy of Karl Lagerfeld, who moulded the cartoon creature into a golden mini-Karl, complete with sunglasses, fingerless gloves, shirt and tie. The figurine fetched 1,000 euros at a World Wildlife Fund charity auction. Lagerfeld has already designed a teddy bear in his image, but fans shouldn’t wait for a Karl doll. The designer told W magazine, “Nothing scares me more than people with some doll collection. Frightening.” [WWD]

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Tom Ford will design for women again, faux-hawks for babies, designers ditch Toronto fashion week

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Rejoice: Tom Ford returns to womenswear (Photo by Nicolas Genin)

• Sure, swine flu is going around, but that’s no reason to be impolite. As fashion week presses on, Torontonians continue to embrace the oh-so-European double-cheek kiss as their preferred greeting. May we suggest Cold FX? [Toronto Star]

Tom Ford has confirmed he will be creating a line of womenswear for his eponymous label. Cue sighs from everyone who thinks Gucci hasn’t been the same without the dreamy designer. Ford is waiting for financing before launching, but some sources say the line could be ready as early as fall 2010. [WWD]

• We’ve already got babies in Che Guevara tees, Uggs and Canada Goose jackets, and now we’ll be able to artfully faux-hawk their hair thanks to Le Baby Hair Gel. Free of such irritants as fragrance and parabens, the gel is safe to use on baby scalps, and perfect for taming annoying frizzies and fly-aways. [Bella Sugar]

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Tom Ford does not want to talk about the reason he’s famous

Tom Ford at the press conference for A Single Man at the Toronto International Film Festival 2009 (Photo by Karon Liu)

Fashion icon Tom Ford has a thing for Mr. Darcy, just like everyone else (Photo by Karon Liu)

Hoping to get a glimpse of fashion icon Tom Ford, we visited The Sutton Place Hotel, where he was holding a press conference to discuss his directorial debut, A Single Man, which stars Colin Firth and Julianne Moore and premiered at TIFF. Ford is best known for being the creative head of Gucci and starting his own line of men’s clothes under his own name. Much to our chagrin, however, he was hesitant to answer questions about fashion, making sure to repeat ad nauseam, “fashion and film are two separate types of expression. Fashion is a commercially creative outlet, whereas film is purely impressionistic.” The costumes, he said, were “to serve these characters. It wasn’t a costume parade for me.” When a reporter asked him what he was wearing, he scoffed, “Oh, we’re wearing… clothes.”

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Latest from Yorkville: Celebs are staying inside until nightfall

Sassafraz awaits the teeming masses (Photo by Fraser Abe)

Sassafraz awaits the teeming masses (Photo by Fraser Abe)

This afternoon, we went to the secret celeb hotspot known as Yorkville in an attempt to see a few of our faves, but were shocked at the serenity of it all. The calm before the storm, perhaps? Sassafraz’s patio was nowhere near capacity. One‘s lunchtime terrace was looking sparse. Ditto for other local favourites Remy’s, Hemmingway’s and Flo’s. Like the celebs themselves, the stalkers still seem to be in hiding. The scene at the front doors of The Hazelton and The Four Seasons were all crickets and tumbleweed.

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