There's so much about TIFF that's fun to watch, even for those of us who don't get to see premieres or attend exclusive parties. TIFF lets us know which movies we must see, which we can safely avoid, and gives us a chance to start prepping our Oscar pools already. (Our money's on "Roma" and "First Man," personally.)
It also gives Toronto residents the opportunity to believe that maybe one day they'll run into Timothée Chalamet getting coffee, and a conversation will strike up, and from that conversation will begin a friendship, and so on and so forth. (This hasn't happened yet, but we're all keeping our fingers crossed.)
And like any big star-studded event, one of the best parts of TIFF is the fashion. There are tons of red carpets, premieres, parties, and industry events that we get to see celebrities in all kinds of outfits, many of them gorgeous. Here are 20 of our favourite outfits from this year's festival.
This Chanel dress pairs an elegant length with a fun geometric pattern. The halter neck and ruffle also give the dress a youthful energy, and her bold pink lip contrasts beautifully with those blues.
A cape!!!! She is wearing a cape!! How can we not love this?
Issa Rae looks regal in this delicate floral gown from Oscar de la Renta's 2019 Resort collection.
Stephan James and Shamier Anderson
We love that Toronto-bred brothers Stephan James and Shamier Anderson took fashion risks at the opening of B.L.A.C.K Ball, an event celebrating black talent. Stephan, left, looks dashing in pink, while Shamier's black-and-white combo isn't too shabby either. And check out the fur detailing on those shoes!
Keira Knightley's royal-blue off-the-shoulder Chanel gown with silver and jewel embellishments looks elegant on its own — and then you see that graceful knot at the back. Perfection.
That magenta velvet dress brings to mind Cardi B's VMA gown, another one of our favourites. The jewel tone looks gorgeous on DeWanda Wise, the drawstring is a fun touch, and the train is beyond elegant.
Plus, swishing it around looks super fun.
Maggie Gyllenhaal's sleek black dress with silver bow detail sleeves may be polarizing, but we're firmly pro-bow.
The ladylike silhouette of the torso, the flowing skirt, the dramatic but refined white-on-black-pattern — this dress is classic, versatile, and utterly beautiful on "The Joy Luck Club"'s Tamlyn Tomita.
At the premiere of "The Death and Life of John F. Donovan," Canadian actress Emily Hampshire brought the drama in this red satin sleeveless gown. That bold red with her dark hair and fair colouring give this look something of a "Snow White" vibe. (That's a major compliment.)
We just can't get enough of velvet! The sleek silhouette is jaw-droppingly glamorous on Irish actress Denise Gough.
Teyonah Parris, of "Mad Men," "Dear White People" and "Chi-Raq" (and soon to be known for "If Beale Street Could Talk"), looks dazzling in this bright pattern.
No disrespect to her equally easy-on-the-eyes husband, Javier Bardem, but the "gorgeous widow look" works on Cruz. That lace back!
What can we say? We love a man in florals, and he knows how to pull them off.
Most of the time when we see Claire Foy, she's either a) at a fancy-shmancy movie premiere or b) playing young Queen Elizabeth in "The Crown." It's lots of fun to see her in something so casual and contemporary, but also stylish.
At a previous event for "A Star Is Born," Lady Gaga dressed as an aristocratic alien widow. For this one, she went for aristocratic alien ... actress?
Tika Sumpter, who's in "The Old Man and the Gun" with Robert Redford, is wearing the kind of glamorous gown that was made for red carpets. If it went any further, that neckline could be fussy or overwrought, but as is, it's perfect.
This is a far cry from the frumpy character Melissa McCarthy plays in "Can You Ever Forgive Me." She looks breezy and cheery in this flowing floral dress, and those white mules are on point.
This cerulean gown looks like it was made for Regina King. Her decision to wear her hair up accentuates her graceful neck and those amazing earrings.
Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi
Documentary filmmakers have to work a little harder than many other people on this list to get their outfits noticed, to be totally honest. But Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, who made the TIFF film "Free Solo," dazzles in this colourful, whimsical gown.
Would this look ridiculous on anyone else? Yes, it certainly would. But this is Chaka Khan, and she can do what she wants.
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