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Hot Deal: Did Toronto make a deal with Vogue?
Juice Factor: 5/10
Toronto felt that smug sense of cool Canadians feel when American heavyweights praise our off-the-radar greatness when Vogue deemed West Queen West the world’s second coolest neighbourhood – the Snapple of city districts, second only to Shimokitazawa! We refused to entertain the idea that it wasn’t an influence-free list made by Anna Wintour herself until rumours circulated that the selection was strategic and not the result of the Vogue team’s tireless anthropological research. Speculation has it that a Toronto-based PR maven, who also has an NYC office, is making friends with the fashion bible. That would explain why the famously cutting-edge magazine recently wrote about Toronto again. The second article is a dedicated guide to things you totally wouldn’t just find on Wikipedia, with off-the-radar hidden gems the ROM, the AGO, Casa Loma, TIFF Lightbox, and unmissable local shops only known to insiders, such as The Bay and Holt Renfrew. We either smell a favour or a budget cut in the travel department.
Blind Item: Goldilocks Single Again…
Juice Factor: 8/10
This is not her first time in the ring – the engagement ring, that is. But Goldilocks can’t seem to get it just right. The guest list was kept so tight that not even her mother made the cut. The facade finally came to a head when, just weeks before her ultra-chic, ultra-luxe destination wedding, Goldilocks and her Big Bear called it quits. It’s said to be mutual but, as she’s made her debut pounding the runway at this past fall’s Toronto Fashion Week, it seems as though it’s her heart that’s been pounded on.
Local Drama: Strombo’s delayed response to Jian Ghomeshi scandal raises questions
Juice Factor: 7/10
George Stroumboulopoulos’ delayed response to the Jian Ghomeshi controversy is all the talk of the water-cooler, at least for writers needing a fresh take on Canada’s latest scandal. We know of a journalist who’s currently scouring the web (FYI: not Jesse Brown) looking for evidence in old interviews, tweets, and anything else the internet era leaves searchable that ties Ghomeshi’s famous acquaintances to at least knowing about his alleged abusive behaviour. While this journalist hasn’t found anything on Strombo, she’s still looking. Why? It’s more scandalous to call out someone known for human rights activism. With the CBC under fire, everyone who ever worked with Ghomeshi is a potential enabler or bystander, and this journalist thinks the old rivalry between Ghomeshi and Strombo would make it a killer story. The media’s attempt to cover the Ghomeshi drama is clearly the real Canadian scandal going on here.
Spotted: The Cool Kids Hanging Out at The Keg on King
Juice Factor: 5/10
Is it possible The Keg is where all the cool King West kids are hanging now? Spotted less than 24 hours after its opening, the King of Nightlife noshing on The Keg’s Caesar salad and tuna tartare with his Asian princess only to be joined by an equally famous restaurateur. The rain brought out not only the two men whose own neighbourhood hotspots are just a breaded shrimp’s throw away, but recognized socialites and King Westers also dined on steak and drank their hearts content. We’re taking this as a sign that either Toronto’s in a King West coolness crisis or our shameless love of The Keg’s menu and elevated East Side Mario’s chain restaurant ambiance is a trend.
Hollywood: What Kim Kardashian Dressing Up as Anna Wintour for Halloween is really saying…
Juice Factor: 4/10
It’s a rare day in media when Kim Kardashian covers up with a sophisticated dress and still gets called attention-seeking by the media, but Kimmy K’s recent Instagram pic of her Halloween outfit has everyone guessing what levels of desperation she’s willing to sink to just to feel accepted by the elitists. In case you forgot: Kim Kardashian dreamed of being on the cover of Vogue, which clearly never happened for many obvious reasons in the pre-Kanye era. Anna Wintour allegedly still refuses to consider Kim Kardashian a viable cover girl, but she did compromise this April when she put the reality star with her new husband on the cover — after declining an invite to their wedding. Wintour didn’t just let it happen without acknowledging the controversy that would follow. In the same issue of the magazine, she wrote an open letter defending her choice as a cultural one and not a sad attempt at a sales boost: “…you may have read that Kanye begged me to put his fiancée on Vogue’s cover. He did nothing of the sort. The gossip might make better reading, but the simple fact of the matter is that it isn’t true.”
So, is Kardashian’s Instagram pic evidence that Kim’s making a play for Wintour’s attention or proof that a bond is forming and she’s changed her tune? Kim labeled the pic ‘Karl, Grace, Anna, Andre,” (North was supposed to be André Leon Talley, and Kim’s makeup artist and her spawn were dressed as Grace Coddington and a mini Karl Lagerfeld… so collectively they went as the early 90s). Well, we bet if it gets the amount of “Likes” and comments that a Kim Kardashian Instagram pic can get, Anna Wintour can most definitely write a manifesto-esque open letter that explains why putting Kim on a cover all by herself FINALLY makes sense…culturally, of course. Might we suggest a Kim Kardashian cover shoot in the cutting edge city of Toronto? We totally see it now.
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