A look at all the free swag visiting celebrities got to take home from TIFF
All the red carpet-walking and after-partying that TIFF’s visiting celebs get up to is certainly enviable, but so is the free stuff they get to commemorate their time here at TIFF. Here’s what the stars got to choose from this season:
What: Tastemakers Lounge
Where: Intercontinental Hotel
The Tastemakers Lounge celebrated its 12th year at TIFF this September, and stepped up its game by offering a range of touch-up services in addition to the standard fare of gifts. Visitors could help themselves to Tweezerman grooming tools, Sorel boots and Canuck-chic McGregor socks, then get their hair done by Yorkville’s Salon Dew and enjoy a back treatment from Dr. Liza of The Fix. To sweeten the deal, Krispy Kreme is on site with complimentary donuts.
What: NKPR IT House x Producer’s Ball lounge
Where: 128 Peter Street
Guests got to choose between David’s Tea or sparkling Henckell to keep hydrated, and had the option of enjoying some Barilla pasta, playing ping pong, having their makeup refreshed by on-demand service beGlammed or getting kitted out with new bags by travel accessory specialist Lug. This particular venue also hosted the W Mag Portrait Studio, conducted by celebrity shutterbug Caitlin Cronenberg.
Where: Delivered to celebrities individually, show area at Thompson Hotel
Bask-It-Style’s curated gift bag was meant as a welcome-to-Toronto kit for visiting celebrities. The selection included travel-sized skincare from Canadian brand Mèreadesso, credit with car rental merchant Turo, a gift card to the Maple Leaf Tavern, new kicks courtesy of Mila’s Fine Footwear on Front Street and reading material that covered both guidebooks (Eyewitness Travel Top 10 Toronto) and fiction (Don’t You Cry by Mary Kubica). The cutest find from the entire set, however, were the maple leaf cufflinks (or pendants) specially crafted by Studio1098 for Canada’s upcoming 150th birthday.
What: Essentials Lounge
Where: The Richmond, 477 Richmond Street W.
The Essentials Lounge helps equip TIFF-accredited media for their weeklong assignment. It featured VitaminWater, comfy Saucony sneakers, lush outerwear from Colmar Originals and even multi-tasking hair- and skin-savers from KMS California and Smashbox Cosmetics—plus provided a generous spread of gourmet sandwiches and wings from Fully Loaded T.O. for sustenance.
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What: Stylist Suite
Where: One King West Hotel & Residence
The Stylist Suite was the most glamorous gifting lounge of all. Celebrities could snap up gowns from fashion week-favourite Narces, a set of chic accessories from Koda Nivoli, selected garments from Hilary MacMillan and enjoy a full salon treatment from Salon Daniel & Spa. Guests were also given a baseball hat from local street-style darlings Neighburr and a signature square-neck tee from Queen West’s Miik Men.