Fashion Desk: Toronto International Film Festival

She Said Toronto International Film Festival

I was online the other day and a picture of Rachel McAdams in a gorgeous green dress caught my eye. I was surprised to see that it was from the Toronto International Film Festival. I later discovered that awesome dresses that had been catching my eye for days were also from there. Wow, who knew so much fabulousness would be at one film festival? I know the Cannes Film Festival is typically a fashion high point, but I always feel much of the fashion is too extreme. What I loved about the outfits I’ve seen from the Toronto Festival is that I think that are somewhat aspirational and they also seem like outfits I would buy and wear. Well, I would if I could afford them! I definitely enjoyed seeing the “oh wow”, “oh dear” and “well, it’s almost fabulous” fashion moments from Toronto.

Best Dresses

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Kristen Stewart in Zuhair Murad

I love this dress. The floral embroidery is gorgeous! This dress also has great balance of sheerness without revealing too much. I wish the opaque part of the dress was just a little bit longer, but it’s still beautiful.

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Emily Blunt in Tory Burch

I love this dress because not only is it beautiful, it’s also eco-friendly. Tory Burch deftly created a delightful evening confection of reclaimed tulle. The ruching and texture of this dress stunning. And it’s good for the planet, too!

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Kate Hudson in Alexander McQueen

This dress is so modern and elegant! I love the front slit, which is well positioned and not cut too high. The square shoulders and tight sleeve give a sleek and modern effect, I think the crystal teardrop on the bodice is so chic. It’s just like wearing a fabulous piece of jewelry, but it’s actually part of the dress. Her clutch and shoes compliment this look perfectly.

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Helen Hunt

This dress is so wearable. Seriously, I need that dress in my life for business and church. I love the structure and simplicity of it. I’m not usually a fan of belts (at all), but I actually really like this one.

 

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Rachel McAdamas- Elie Saab

Yes! My best dress winner for sure! The dress that put TIFF on the map for me as a fashion hotspot!

I really wish I had this dress. I would find somewhere to wear it! I love the shade of green. The soft texture mingled with the one sleeve, high neck and scarf is just perfect. It is so elegant and perfect for fall.

Dress Messes

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Vanessa Hudgens

I once saw a fashion shoot from In Style Magazine where they dressed Vanessa Hudgens up like Bianca Jagger. I didn’t like it and I feel like this resembles that. As a rule I don’t like jumpsuits and plunging lace ones are even less a good idea in my mind. I think this outfit looks like something cheap from a lingerie store’s club wear section.

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Selena Gomez

I would have thought that a dress with a textures skirt and sparkle bodice would be a winner with me for sure. But, I think this looks terrible. It ages her so much. It looks like a dress that would have been worn by someone on Dynasty. The top is too bare (looking) and has too much sparkle and it kind of resembles an ice skating costume. I hate the skirt, too. It’s too tight and too haphazard looking.

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Kristen Wigg in Alberta Ferretti

My problem with this dress is that it looks like the basis for a witch Halloween costume. Seriously, picture this with a pointed hat and little toy broom. It also looks too much like the dreary purple and black lace/ lingerie look that was popular when I was in high school in 1997.  Yes, I had a shirt that looked like that. No, I don’t want to talk about it or show pictures of it. I was a teenager and I plead an acute case of trendiness.

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Christina Hendricks

Oh, Christina. You are such a curvy girl fashion wild-card. Sometimes, I love your outfits and sometimes I hate them. I really hate this outfit. A black shell top and a long black skirt – no! This looks too somber and frankly, isn’t flattering at all. It looks very matronly. The hair and earrings look great, but those elements are all that I like about this look.

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Elle Fanning in Miu Miu

This is so terrible. I like patterns, but this suit is just dreadful. I actually thought this outfit was a Sonny Bono outfit when I first saw it. The pattern is ugly, and the cut of the suit too mannish. When you wear a vintage-inspired look you have to be careful to keep the accessories modern or it looks like a costume. The shoes and belt push this over-the-top look completely into the land of costumes.

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Halle Berry in Roberto Cavalli Pantsuit with Monique Lhuillier blouse

I think Halle Berry wore this outfit back in 1998 and maybe 2001. Okay, maybe not actually this outfit, but she’s worn something very similar to this before. My point is that this isn’t a good look and it’s really been worn to death. There’s nothing chic about a tacky printed, ill-fitting pantsuit with a sheer blouse. If she weren’t a famous celebrity and one who has been praised for her style people would hate it! It doesn’t fit well and it’s just not chic.

Almost Successful

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Jennifer Lawrence

I think that tie-dyeing is very tricky to pull off well. This dress is cut very well and is very flattering. But, the colors are terrible. They are dreary and almost resemble a drop cloth from an operating room. I wish that this dress had even a little more vibrant color to it, or perhaps an entirely different palette.

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Ashley Benson

I like this outfit because it looks like a Barbie outfit. And I don’t like it because it looks too much like a Barbie outfit. The strapless top is a little too matte and serious to be paired with such a jazzy and glittery skirt. The skirt is beautiful, but it’s a little too tight. I think with a better fit and a little more balance between plain and glittery that it could have been a success.

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Nina Dobrev in Monique Lhuillier

I think the beadwork/print is a little too busy. I also think the bust line is too squared. I don’t know why designers keep making dresses that make bust lines look squashed. It’s so unflattering. I like the idea of this dress, but I think it has a lot of problems with execution.

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Keira Knightley- Elie Saab

I’ve never seen a lace dress look so heavy. I feel the fabric is overworked and unflatteringly excessive. I also think that the sweetheart top of this bodice is too wide set. This is another dress where the idea was good, but it just doesn’t work.

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Lily Collins- Balmain

I love the shape of this dress. It’s got a very 60’s vibe with the miniskirt, long sleeves and high neck. The pattern is the part that’s just too crazy. The colors and three different patterns mingling in one dress just make it too much.

 

He Said: Toronto International Film Festival

Best Dressed

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Joseph Gordon-Levitt- I love this suit.  He looks like he stepped right out of the 40’s here and it really works well for him.  I love the double breast cut.  I don’t see many celebrities using this cut, and I appreciate it.

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William H Macy- Pinstripes are really taking over this event.  This look is flawless.  I really like the lack of a tie here, combined with the colored shirt it takes the whole ensemble out of the boardroom, and makes it more fun.  I’m a big fan of three button jackets.

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Zac Efron- Here’s a suit that would fit in among any boardroom.  The tie is really cool through, and something about how Efron is holding his posture these days really caries this through.  It’s very well done.

 

 

Almost There

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Darren Criss- This suit fits well, and all the places are in place.  My only concern is that it’s a little too boring. Zac Efron looks like the CEO, while this feels like something a middle manager at a Fortune 500 company would wear.

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Robert Redford- As much as I like this look, it just doesn’t have any punch.  It’s so plain.  Some color, or a nice tie would have done wonders here.

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Jude Law- I’m really torn about this suit.  I bet standing up it looks much better.  The pocket square is a nice bit of grey design.  The vest provides a good line.  Sitting down, it doesn’t look like it fits right, so this could probably fixed by either just standing up, or unbuttoning the vest when seated.  The only other problem is that when you look closely you have slightly different colors and textures between the jacket, vest, and pants.

 

Worst Dressed

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Johnny Depp- This outfit is horrible.  It’s so disorganized and the scarves look downright unsafe to wear.  Apparently there’s a sharp vest under there, but I can’t see it very well under the “cool” jacket and the dangerous scarves.

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Chris Tucker- I don’t even know where to start with this look.  Not only is it too shiny, but also it’s got different kinds of shiny that clash with each other.  It also doesn’t look like it fits very well.  I don’t like the jeans here either.

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Gael Garcia Bernal- The idea of this look is fine- sports coat over a t-shirt and jeans.  The fit overall isn’t very good, and the shoes could be better, but what kills this outfit is the t-shirt.  It looks like a knock around shirt from the bottom of his closet.  For this look to be done well, you need to have a sharp t-shirt.

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Keifer Sutherland- This look does something I would have previously thought impossible.  It turns Jack Bauer into prep school math teacher!  It’s the sweater.  It’s too severe, and deadens the whole look.  Some color really would have helped.

 

 

 

 

Who do you think rocked the red carpet at the Toronto International Film Festival?

 

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