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04/19/2007


Nate Berkus and Fiancé Jeremiah Brent Appear in New 'Banana Republic' Ad Campaign: PHOTO

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Nate Berkus and his finacé Jeremiah Brent appear in a new Banana Republic campaign called “The true outfitters of modern American style" featuring real-life couples, the NYT reports:

In one ad, the pair is lounging on the grass, Mr. Berkus’s head on Mr. Brent’s midsection. In another ad, the couple is cuddling. In other ads, the pair appears among photographs of the other couples. In the magazines in which the campaign is now starting to appear, including InStyle and Rolling Stone, Banana Republic is the only clothier to present a same-sex couple amid the ad pages.

The paper adds that it is what younger shoppers want:

“Showcasing true relationships,” as the new campaign does, “can resonate more deeply,” Ms. Sadler said, and the appearance of Mr. Berkus and Mr. Brent reflects “values of diversity and inclusion we’ve shared since our early days” as a company based in San Francisco.

There is another reason for the presence of a same-sex couple: The ads are aimed at younger consumers, many of whom regard inclusion and diversity as intrinsic parts of their world views, and the campaign encourages them to join the ranks of the loyal older customers in Banana Republic stores.


Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent are Engaged

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TV personality and interior designer Nate Berkus and former Rachel Zoe assistant Jeremiah Brent are engaged, Us magazine reports:

The pair, who have been dating for 8 1/2 months, made it official atop Machu Picchu in Peru on Monday, April 8 -- and are excited for the next chapter of their lives together.

TV personality and interior designer Berkus, 41, was the one to pop the question to Brent during their trip to Peru, Berkus' rep confirms to Us. Brent was completely surprised -- the couple was originally traveling as part of a shopping trip with One Kings Lane for a designer sale project Berkus is working on for the site.


Carson Kressley Tells Nate Berkus How He's Going to Take Out Chaz Bono on 'Dancing with the Stars': VIDEO

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Carson Kressley sat down with Nate Berkus yesterday to discuss his strategy against each of the contestants for winning Dancing with the Stars, and what he'll do with the trophy: "Make a lamp and do a whole 'house proud' segment on it."

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ACROPHOBIC? Don't watch this.

FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH: Russian scientist claims discovery of anti-aging drug.

NATE BERKUS: TV Guide goes on set with him.

DIVA: How to snap like one.

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News: Nate Berkus, ENDA, Ken Keechl, Argentina, Beenie Man

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Following judge's ruling, paperwork issued for Argentina's first same-sex marriage.

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Kardashian sisters don duct tape for NoH8 campaign.

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Joe Jackson's last money grab before MJ's fillings?

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Retired military chaplains come out in support of repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell".

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ENDA mark-up postponed.

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Philippines elections board (COMELEC) says gays "overly represented" in Congress: "Comelec second division chairman Nicodemus Ferrer was defending the poll body’s rejection of the application of gay-rights group Ang Ladlad for party-list representation. 'I have been telling them, you are not under-represented… actually you are over-represented in the Lower House and Upper House,' Ferrer told reporters in an interview. But Ferrer declined to name names."

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While Levi does Playgirl, Neil Patrick Harris does Playboy.

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Ken Keechl takes over as first openly gay mayor of Broward County, Florida.

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Petition Obama to support federal court challenge to Prop 8.

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The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual Community Center of Central Florida in Orlando and nearby gay-owned business hit by anti-gay graffiti: "...a swastika and the words 'Gay Pawer,' 'Die Fags,' 'Go To Hell' and other homophobic slurs. Damage to the two buildings is estimated to be over $1,000.The Center is currently working to cover the messages on the building to deter additional damage."

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Horrific undercover investigation of treatment of pigs on factory farms.

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Anti-gay Jamaican singer Beenie Man's appearance at Australia's Big Day Out has been canceled: "A statement from the Big Day Out's producers today says that while the concert organisers believe the controversial musician has now renounced homophobia, the storm of protest this week after the announcement that he was in the line-up means his continued involvement would prove too divisive."

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Anderson Cooper helms Elton John AIDS Foundation event in NYC.

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Chris Pine suits up for GQ's 'Man of the Year'.

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Oprah interior designer Nate Berkus to get his own syndicated daytime show.


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Max Blumenthal on Palin's ghostwriter Lynn Vincent: "Vincent may have been an effective literary collaborator, but like Palin herself, she entered the project with considerable political baggage. Vincent’s commentaries for World are punctuated by inflammatory characterizations of gays, minorities and liberals that have already provided fodder for Palin’s critics. Among Vincent’s most strident statements were her description of homosexuality as a 'deviant' mental disorder and labeling of President Barack Obama as the 'face of the minority survivor' of abortion, which she dubbed the 'Black Genocide.'"

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Tim Gunn on the one item of clothing he can't stand: "I cannot wrap my brain around the ubiquity of Crocs. Kelly Ripa [on "Live with Regis and Kelly"] said, 'I insist that you put them on because they're so comfortable.' And I put them on. I am looking down at my feet, and I feel like I have hooves! They're horrible. If we all succumbed to the comfort trap, to dress as if we never got out of bed -- then we should never get out of bed."


Oprah Panel: How Does One Know if Someone is Gay?

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Oprah and her panel of experts — Jenny McCarthy, Gayle King, Nate Berkus, and Hugh Jackman — on Friday pondered same-sex marriage and the question, how do you know if someone is gay? They also talk to a lesbian couple in Iowa.

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