I’ve been a little sidetracked with the upcoming move to Toronto so haven’t been on top of the blog the last few weeks. But now that we’re almost through the 40th Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), it’s time to take a look and some of the best (and some questionable) looks we’ve seen so far this year (and it feels good to be back). TIFF is one of the leading film festivals in the world and as such, the world media descends on Toronto to photograph the parade of well-dressed stars. And when media from all over the world is watching, the stars definitely step up their style game. Because these days, many stars (thanks to their stylists) are increasingly aware of the benefits of making a stylish statement on the red carpet.
Jane Fonda in Yves Saint Laurent Couture
Because well, obviously. If Jane Fonda shows up on a red carpet she always makes my best dressed list. How can she not? At 77, Fonda continues to look better than ever. I keep saying that she’s singlehandedly changed the way we think of age. And of course she’d be one of the first stars wearing a gown from the recently announced return of Yves Saint Laurent Couture. And in this gold lace long-sleeve dress, she personified the Hollywood legend (and Hollywood royalty) she is.
Rachel McAdams in Valentino
Love it. This is a killer dress. Valentino is consistently nailing it. Love the sheerness and the floral applique. This is modern, pretty and chic. And McAdams wears it well.
Kristen Stewart in Chanel
As a Chanel brand representative, Stewart wears the line a lot. This midnight blue dress is super dressy but it’s also beautiful and timeless Chanel. The high-low length keeps it younger and the modern hair and make-up keep the look fresh. Also, with a dress like this, I like the minimal accessories. And the jeweled shoulders are thumbs up.
Dakota Johnson in Christopher Kane
Christopher Kane is definitely a designer to watch (and a current favourite) and this asymmetrical sheer velvet dress on Johnson was one of the festival’s best. She nailed the hair and makeup choice as well. Except there’s something about those Jimmy Choo sandals that seem very 1996 – and not in a cool way.
Rachel Weisz in Valentino
Another unbelievably beautiful Valentino dress this year at TIFF. The detail and embroidery is outstanding (and I don’t use that word often). This is an incredible dress – it’s timeless and Weisz looks beautiful in it.
Emily Blunt in Saint Laurent
I LOVE a black Saint Laurent suit. Especially when it’s for evening. And this look on Blunt couldn’t be more chic. It’s super good looking and stands out from all the formal dresses at this year’s festival. Love the long tail-inspired black blazer paired with the sheer black blouse. It’s classic but also totally right now. A+ for sure.
Julianne Moore in Hugo Boss
Jumpsuits are hugely popular and there’s nothing cooler that a tuxedo-inspired jumpsuit – especially if it’s on Julianne Moore. Of course she wears it well. Also that Chopard diamond cuff is amazing – that’s a bracelet. Moore has some of the best access to the most exclusive jewels. The only thing I’d change is the shoes. Givenchy ankle-strap sandals would’ve been better.
Kate Winslet in Badgley Mischka
Winslet seems so lovely and smart, and she’s beautiful but I don’t think she cares much about fashion. Which is cool. But this Badgley Mischka seems super ‘bridal store’ fancy bridesmaid dress to me. It’s also too dressy for a film festival. Wouldn’t a cool pantsuit or something a little more low-key be better? The hair and makeup looks awesome though.
Rachel McAdams in Cushnie et Ochs
Another awesome figure-flattering dress on McAdams. Obviously not for everyone but on a young popular and lovely actress, it’s spot on. And I’m always supportive of wearing a piece from a talented designer who’s not necessarily a household name like Cushnie et Ochs. Her stylist nailed it this year at TIFF.
Elle Fanning in Gucci
Gucci’s new creative director Alessandro Michele has totally reinvigorated the line. And this pluging red dress is super hip and retro – very current and will be huge this fall. And the purple floral detail is perfect. Young fashion lovers will love this dress and it will totally be copied.
Naomi Watts in Fausto Puglisi
I appreciate the effort and thought behind this dress but I’m not sure I get it. The execution doesn’t work. It’s interesting but also kind of looks like something you’d see on Dancing with the Stars, which is not generally a look you want to aim for.
Until next year TIFF!
All photos via people.com