Inspiration comes in so many different forms. For our 15th anniversary, we collaborated with a New York based street artist Hektad to create an installation for our Toronto office windows. Bringing a little NYC to The 6, we’ve selected his “I Choose Love” and heart prints murals. We hope that this will inspire everyone to share love and kindness, two attributes that have been important to the agency since day one.
Here at NKPR, it’s no secret that we love fashion…especially anything that comes in black! From red carpet events to dinners on the town, black is our ultimate go-to. After all, Neiman Marcus did say: “Women who wear black lead colourful lives.”
One of our favourite Canadian fashion brands, RUDSAK, is best known for their signature “all black everything” style offering trendy pieces that can be worn all year long.
When it comes to black, there’s a fine line between boring basic and sophisticated chic…the secret is in the details. So if you’re wondering, “How do I make black work in a season full of pretty pastels and feminine florals?” don’t fret – RUDSAK has everything you need to embrace your own cool-rebel spirit.
A classic leather jacket is a seasonal staple. Throw this RUDSAK ELSA on over your skinny jeans for instant rockstar vibe or make an edgy statement by wearing it with this season’s popular boho trend.
The three most important letters in any fashionista’s vocabulary: LBD (Little Black Dress). RUDSAK’s OPHIRA dress has put an end to the eternal fashion scavenger hunt; this form-flattering jersey dress will take you from the office to dinner to dancing and beyond!
Our favourite trend right now: combining sheer and lace! The RUDSAK OBELIA skirt is the perfect choice for evening weddings or as a versatile transition piece from day-to-night. Pair with a bright top or a silk cami for a rebel ballerina look (Step aside Black Swan!).
Summer can mean unpredictable weather (looking at you mysterious rainclouds!). The RUDSAK TRAVIS is a Letterman-style bomber jacket with RUDSAK’s signature leather touch. The full sleeves made with genuine sheep leather ensure you’ll be set for all weather conditions and social events.
Who doesn’t love a combination of classic and casual? The RUDSAK KINGSTON button down with lamb leather sleeves is a man’s best friend for spontaneous summer adventures. Easily dress this piece up with a dinner jacket or keep it casual with dark denim for all those budding social events on your calendar.
What’s your favourite way to wear black in the summer? Tweet us at @NatashaNKPR!
Although it’s really no surprise to anyone…here at NKPR, we’re all about the puppy love! Few things warm our hearts more than a fluffy, cuddly kiss from a puppy (and that “new puppy” smell – don’t even get us started!). This weekend, we’re shopping an amazing cause in support of our favourite furry friends.
From May 7-9, PYA Importer (famous for brands like LINE Knitwear, John and Jenn, and Patrick Assaraf) is hosting a Sample Sale with a percentage of proceeds donated to Save Our Scruff – an incredible Rehome & Rescue dog shelter. Not only will you find all your fashion must-haves at amazing prices, you’ll leave knowing you helped find a puppy a brand new home!
How you can support Save Our Scruff:
1) Post a photo showing puppy love on Facebook, Instagram and/or Twitter
2) Tag @saveourscruff and #PYALovesPups
3) PYA Importer will donate funds for each post
We’re getting into the Coachella spirit this weekend! Some of our favourite festival-inspired fashions from Free People Canada…
What’s your favourite festival-inspired look? Tweet us at @NatashaNKPR!
Springtime inside NKPR is all about the art!
Kicking off the art season next week, we wait (not so patiently) for the second instalment of the Love Art Fair; a simple yet inspiring environment for high-quality contemporary art.
Whether you’re a first-time buyer or a seasoned vet, this year you’re sure to find inspiration for that piece you’ve been searching for!
Here are some highlights from the upcoming Love Art Fair, Scotiabank Photography Award and the CONTACT Photography Festival…
Love Art Fair
Unicorn by Marjorie Campbell
Alison Milne Gallery
On display at the Thompson Toronto Hotel, April 7-16
Available for purchase at Love Art Fair, April 17-19
This life size sculpture is made of wool, wire, glass marbles, thread, found wood, and gold leaf, by Marjorie Campbell, a fibre artist who resides in Toronto. Inspired by forest and fauna, her work is both realistic and whimsical. She explores the possibilities of felt in a soft and gentle world where life is heightened and magic exists. As wool is pulled and forms are sculpted, alluring and complex worlds emerge, and the persona of the animal reveals itself.
Scotiabank Photography Award
Self-Portrait as Edmund Precelman (Officer) b. Poland, 1890s d. Poland, early 1940s by Rafael Goldchain
Rafael Goldchain is one of the three finalists competing for the 2015 Scotiabank Photography Award, alongside Angela Grauerholz and Isabelle Hayeur. This year’s SPA winner will be announced on May 6.
This photograph is a part of Goldchain’s “I Am My Family”, a collection of digitally altered self-portrait photographs where Goldchain re-enacts familial others through genetic resemblance. Through the conventions of the portrait photograph, these self-portraits suggest that we look at family photographs in order to know ourselves through the photographic trace left by our lost ancestors.
CONTACT Photography Festival
Water Pump With Hoses on Orange by Jimmy Limit
This photograph is a part of Surplus, Jimmy Limit’s featured exhibition at CONTACT. For his compositions, Jimmy Limit selects objects based on their formal qualities, often avoiding items with clear functions. Inspired by industrial supply catalogues and store flyers, the St. Catharines, Ontario-based artist uses colourful hardware store goods and industrial or domestic wares. He lifts these common objects out of context, alters their appearance, and combines them in strange and compelling ways. His precariously-arranged scenes may only last for a moment, but his seductive images have the deceptive gloss of advertisements. Limit’s photographs conflate function, merchandising, and desire, drawing attention to the complex relationship between product and consumer.
What’s your favourite piece of art? Tweet us at @NatashaNKPR!
For the past few months, Jack Daniel’s JD Supporting Act has been making musical dreams come to life for young artists across Canada. The calibre of talent and the love for music in our country is nothing short of incredible (can we talk about Alanis Morisette at the Junos, anyone?).
In Jack Daniel’s Supporting Act’s inaugural year, over 65 Canadian artists shared their musically-driven stories in a short 60-second video outlining what they need to make their dreams a reality. Over the course of 16 weeks, the contestants were narrowed down by a panel of judges and one artist was chosen every two weeks winning everything from electronic drum sets to touring the UK! Now you have the chance to be a part of someone’s musical journey to stardom!
This week it’s up to you to vote on the finalists to decide who will be receiving the JD Supporting Act Fan Choice Award! From March 13-25 your votes will decide who the final winner is!
Watch the finalist’s videos here: http://www.jdsupportingact.com/videos
Previous JD Supporting Act Winners:
Winner 1: Tim Popek – The music teacher won an electronic drum set, recording software and a new computer, allowing him to create an online drumming school.
Winner 2: Kink the Band – The duo, who strives to promote female empowerment in rock and roll, won funds to record their first album with local Toronto producer Jason Pierce.
Winner 3: Young Running – The folk rock group won funds towards a Western Canada Tour. The band just returned home after three weeks living out their dream playing music in the Rocky Mountains.
Winner 4: Stone Iris – After winning Indie Week Canada, the band from Alberta had the opportunity to play Indie Week UK. Jack Daniel’s gave them the means to tour the UK before their headlining experience.
Winner 5: Sidney York – The indie avant-pop duo from Calgary received funds to produce and market their new album release, showcasing their talent for playing instruments seldom seen beyond the orchestra pit.
Winner 6: Bathurst Station – The up and coming Toronto band was the second to win an opportunity to tour the UK.
Winner 7: The Elwins – Hailing from Keswick, Ontario, this group of long-time friends received funds to purchase new instruments to complete their world-wide tour, aiming to sound better than ever on stage.
Winner 8: JD Supporting Act Fan Choice
Which musical act is your favourite? Tweet us at @NatashaNKPR!
Music’s biggest night not only brought some epic performances (can we talk about Hozier and Annie Lennox?!), it also gave us some show-stopping fashion! Yesterday at the 57th Grammy Awards, we witnessed some impeccable outfits on the red carpet.
From the women, we saw a lot of black, some seriously sexy lace, and the most dramatic deep-v’s we’ve seen in a while. The men’s fashion didn’t disappoint either with trendy black-on-navy combos, dapper hats and accessories reminiscent of 50’s sophistication!
Although there was a fair share of “oh no’s” (we’re talking to you Lady Gaga and Rihanna!), there were certainly more “wow’s” on the red carpet!
Check out some of our favourite looks from last night…
Chrissy Teigen in Pucci
Gwen Stefani in Atelier Versace
Taylor Swift in Elie Saab
Jesse J in Ralph and Russo
Pharrell in Adidas (with wife Helen Lasichanh)
Ne-Yo in Marc Jacobs
John Legend in Dolce & Gabbana
Sam Smith in Armani
What are your favourite looks from last night’s red carpet? Tweet us @natashankpr!
Ah, Valentine’s Day…that day of the year we’re reminded that love is special and most definitely worth celebrating. We’ve all seen our fair share of overly sized teddy bears, obnoxiously large boxes of chocolate, and instantly forgotten knick-knacks (cue eye rolls now…).
This year, we’ve decided to opt for the “wow” factor. To give that special someone something that shows you’re really thinking of them and something that shows you care beyond those typical cliché gifts.
We’ve rounded up some of our favourite products that will make this Valentine’s Day your best one yet…
Tell us your favourite Valentine’s Day gift ideas…tweet us at @NatashaNKPR!
If you’ve been following our blog (say yes!) then you’ve witnessed the launch of Jack Daniel‘s incredible program, JD Supporting Act. As mentioned, the program is inspired by the iconic connection between the Tennessee whiskey brand and music.
To refresh your memory, the way it works is Canadians submit a quick 60-second video documenting personal stories and music wishes for the chance at a big break, dream concert tickets, new instruments, music lessons and more.
Jack Daniel’s released an inspiring video documenting the first music dreams fulfilled by Jack Daniel’s Supporting Act. A surprise appearance by Canadian rocker Sam Roberts gave emerging musicians Sam Cash & the Romantic Dogs some much-needed state-of-the-art studio time to record their next album.
In honour of the program, we’ve rounded up NKPR’s biggest and wildest musical dreams…
Natasha: Well I have been playing the piano since I was a little girl…Love it! And I LOVE Billy Joel. My musical dream would be to meet him and watch him play and sing up close and personal in NYC.
Tory: To attend Britney Spears’ birthday party! Brit-brit turns 35 years of FABULOUS!
Aisha: I bought this insanely expensive sitar a few years ago…played it three times. Would love to learn how to play and tune it!
Paula: I desperately want to learn how to play the piano…and sing like Celine Dion…and be her best friend.
Bunmi: To record my second album!
Rebecca: To start a band with Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen….and Pitbull.
Ashton: I want to hang out with Elvis…he’s still alive right?
Adrien: My dream is to do a duet of “I believe I can fly” on stage with R. Kelly.
Corinne: To go to the Grammy’s!
Olena: I want to go to Ultra music fest in Miami!
Kristin: I want a really hot man with a guitar to sing to me. It could be anybody really.
Nathan: I want to go to Tomorrowland in Belgium!
Sana: I would like a private concert from the Spice Girls at Wembley Stadium.
Amanda: I’d like to hang out with Ed Sheeran…he seems fun.
Erin: My dream is to sound-proof my basement so that my hubby can play his drums as much as he wants without me and all of our neighbours knowing it!
Lauren: That I could still remember how to play every song I learned on the piano as a kid!
Shaun: I want peace, love and harmony through music!