The 2017 Venice Film Festival kicked off the road to the Academy Awards yesterday in high style. It made me get really excited about what lies in store over the next couple of weeks and months will bring as we journey through the fall film festivals. The Toronto International Film Festival is usually a little more relaxed fashion wise than Venice, but still delivers some beautiful designs in simpler silhouettes. With all the stars that are confirmed to attend this years TIFF I just cannot wait for it to kick off a week from today! Hilary Swank has been one of my favorite women to see on the red carpet because she really knows how to deliver strong, glamorous looks on the red carpet. I got really excited when in one of the final announcements that Hilary’s film 55 Steps was added to the official selection this year as a gala presentation. Usually when I see gala screening I would usually pick a glamorous gown for someone to wear on the red carpet, but as I was looking through runway pictures looking for something dramatic and elegant for Hilary and I fell in love with the idea of seeing her wearing this silvery grey Ralph & Russo Fall 2017 Couture strapless fully embellished strapless cocktail dress. This look is the perfect cocktail ensemble to sub in for a gown on the red carpet at a gala premiere. I could also potentially see Hilary stepping out wearing a custom Michael Kors gown, but I really want to see her wearing this Ralph & Russo design. I want to go full glam with this look adding a pinned back wavy hairstyle, smokey eye, nude lip, silver Jimmy Choo ‘Celeste S’ clutch, diamond drop earrings, a diamond cocktail ring, and a pair of anthracite grey Jimmy Choo ‘Emily’ sandals to really make this a major moment for Hilary.I will admit that I have kinda given up on hoping that Katherine Waterston will blow me away on a red carpet. She has the statuesque glamour to be one of my favorites, but she doesn’t seem to put in much effort. At TIFF this year we will see Katherine promote her latest film The Current War and I am going to give her one last shot before I completely move on from caring about what she wears. I think that Katherine would look incredibly modern and glamorous wearing this metallic silver Emilia Wickstead Resort 2018 trapeze gown. Of course the tailoring and fit have to be 100% on point, and I think that if Katherine carried it with strength and grace that she could really make it a beautiful moment on the red carpet. I wouldn’t over style it either. The gown calls for very simple accessories. I would add a silver box clutch, diamond cluster earrings, an romantic side parted bun, kohl rimmed eyes, glossy nude lip, and a pair of silver Chloe Gosselin ‘Bryonia’ strappy sandals to make this look perfection.Downsizing was the opening film of the Venice Film Festival yesterday and Kristen Wiig made me feel like maybe we aren’t in for a long haul of bad looks when she stepped out with her best red carpet moment ever in Zuhair Murad Couture. I am hoping that we will see her continue to pull out all the stops all through the rest of the fall festival season. We still have another premiere in Venice from Kristen and then two at the Toronto International Film Festival so I am hoping that she will be on tip top form. Kristen loves a good Prada look for the red carpet and II would love to see her take this light yellow Prada Fall 2017 RTW top and skirt and have it modified into a gown since this is a special screening. I think that if this were tailored into a perfectly fitted column gown with all of the goldenrod yellow beaded fringe and feather details that Kristen would give us modern art deco glamour on the TIFF red carpet. Adding a sleek hairstyle, winged eyes, bright pink lip, a gold Prada ‘East-West’ clutch, and a pair of metallic gold Prada heart cutout wedge sandals would make this another beautiful moment for Kristen. I was really surprised that Laura Dern did not make the jaunt to Venice for the premiere of Downsizing. I would have thought that with her Emmy nomination that she would be all over the red carpets to keep up appearances ahead of the actual Emmy Awards ceremony. I am hoping that Laura will jet to Toronto to help Kirsten and Matt Damon to promote this film. While I want Kristen to wear a custom Prada gown I went for short for Laura. I would absolutely love to see Laura give us relaxed glamour wearing this bronze Jil Sander Fall 2017 RTW ensemble which features an oversized long sleeve top and draped skirt. This is the first time I have ever used a Jil Sander design in a red carpet wish list, but I couldn’t think of a better person that Laura to bring this dress to life especially on the TIFF red carpet. Loose waves, a pair of bronze Schutz ‘Saasha Lee’ sandals, a black clutch, smokey eyes, and a nude lip would all make this a beautiful moment for Laura.When I heard that Margot Robbie would be presenting her film I, Tonya at this years festival I got really excited. Margot is one of my favorite ladies to see on a red carpet and I am hoping that when she steps out for her TIFF special presentation that she really makes it a beautiful moment on the red carpet. I went to Miu Miu to make another modified custom gown. Elle Fanning wore a short yellow runway version of this black Miu Miu Fall 2017 RTW shift dress which has color blocked feathered details for a Met Gala after party. I am hoping that Margot will take this mini dress and have the textured skirt and modify it to have a dramatic full length column skirt. I think that if Margot wore this dark yet edgy and romantic on the TIFF red carpet that it just could be one of my favorite moments of the entire festival. I would let the dress be the statement pairing it with a pair of black Christian Louboutin ‘Col’ leather ruffled sandals, Veronica Lake waves, a red lip, diamond cocktail rings, and a pair of diamond drop earrings.
The 2017 Toronto International Film Festival opens September 7, 2017 and runs through September 16, 2017.