For these gala planners, TIFF has already begun

Natasha Koifman and Suzanne Boyd plan the annual gala for Paul Haggis’s charity Artists for Peace and Justice at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Suzanne Boyd, left, and Natasha Koifman put on their gala gowns for our poolside shoot at Koifman's Toronto home. They are organizing the star-studded Artists for Peace and Justice Gala during TIFF in September. (RENE JOHNSTON / TORONTO STAR) | ORDER THIS PHOTO

“We’re ordering McDonald’s,” announces one of Toronto’s more glamorous PR pros when I shuffle into her extra-fashionable house, tucked away near Casa Loma, on a cul-de-sac shrouded in shrubbery that’s Lagerfeld-worthy.

“Would you like something?” follows up Natasha Koifman, her eyes Bambi-bright and her hair falling down in artful tussles.

One can’t say no to Mickey Dee fries, now can we? Paging UberEats.

High-low is something clearly not lost on the social media powerhouse, and founder of the eponymously named NKPR, standing here in a space that’s a cubist glass structure wedged into an older coach house with a red-bricked roof, attached at one point to a house that was once residence to long-gone rail magnate (and party animal) William Mackenzie.

In a home that is now a vision in black and white — contemporary Bel-Air, if you will — complete with a pang-causing collection of photography (see: the Bert Sterns original of Marilyn Monroe in one room), she’s surrounded by a phalanx of assistants, pinging out to-do lists.

Sometime later, when our guilty grub has arrived, and Koifman has changed into a plunging Zuhair Murad gown she’s picked out for the Toronto Star shoot we have planned, I notice the choice diamond on one of the fingers ducking into a packet of fries. On her own to-do list of late, as it happens: get engaged.

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