I missed putting up one of my posts I had scheduled from yesterday. I am going to attempt to play catch up today. The 2018 Toronto International Film Festival officially opens tomorrow and I am really excited to see what everyone will bring to the red carpet over the 11 days of the festival. I want some major Best Dressed of the Year nominees on the red carpet this year. After seeing several of the ladies promoting films at other film festivals including Cannes, Venice, Telluride, and Deauville I am even more excited about seeing what they will all bring to the red carpet. Amandla Stenberg has been a growing fashionista since she had a supporting role in the first Hunger Games saga film. She has two films screening at TIFF this year and I am really excited to see what she has in store for the red carpets at the festival this year. She has just started working with one of the top power stylists in Hollywood, Karla Welch, recently and I am really, really excited to see what she will bring to the festival. For the premiere of Where Hands Touch I went to a brand that we haven’t seen Amandla have a really major moment in yet, but one that has taken notice of her. We have seen Amandla seated front row at past Chanel shows and attending Chanel events around the world. I would love to see Amandla deliver a major Chanel moment on the red carpet in Toronto and so when I was searching for the perfect moment for her to wear I fell in love with this grey Chanel Cruise 2019 two piece ensemble which features a strong shoulder short sleeve crop top and a column skirt with a slit in the center. The tweed fabric with silver, ivory, and pink sequin and feather embellishments are something that is totally typical of Chanel, but I feel like this look is a really fresh and modern take on those classic Chanel codes. I think that with short tight curls, smokey eyes, pink lips, and a pair of grey Nicholas Kirkwood ‘Jewel Eden’ pointed toe pumps would really make this a very chic and statement moment for Amandla. Abbie Cornish is set to join Amandla on the red carpet at the TIFF premiere of Where Hands Touch. Abbie is one that I know has really great potential, but often times I don’t think she picks looks that flatter her curves. I decided to go with a very chic kimono style gown with this merlot red Roland Mouret ‘Duval’ gown which features a faux wrap style, flutter sleeves, scarf tie neck, a v-neckline, center split, and a sweeping train because no one does curve flattering better than Roland Mouret. His designs always deliver elegance and glamour on the red carpet and I definitely think that Abbie would look oh so chic wearing this gown on the red carpet at TIFF. Style it with a romantic updo, defined eyes, matching merlot lips, a red Tyler Ellis ‘Lily’ marbled plexi clutch, and a pair of two tone garnet Lanvin ankle wrap ribbon tied bow detail satin sandals to really make it a very glamorous moment for Abbie to own the TIFF red carpet. Elizabeth Debicki also has two films screening at TIFF this year. This is my wish for her second film Vita & Virginia and like I said in my first wish I am very interested in what she will bring to the red carpets over the festival. When she gets it right I am usually in awe, but often times I am very indifferent to what we see Elizabeth wearing on the red carpet. I decided to keep going the custom route opting for a second cream custom gown for her to wear on the red carpet at the festival. When I saw an almond Gucci chiffon cape pleated cocktail dress at Nordstrom my first reaction to it was that it would be a perfect base for a red carpet gown. I think that it would be a light floaty and glamorous moment. The color of the gown almost matches Elizabeth’s skin tone almost perfectly and I definitely think that it would be a very angelic moment for her to bring to this red carpet. A 60’s inspired updo, simple winged eyes, soft rose pink lips, a cream Gucci strappy patent leather sandals, and a pair of simple diamond and emerald Chopard drop earrings all would really make this a very glamorous moment on the red carpet for Elizabeth. Gemma Arterton stars alongside Elizabeth in Vita & Virginia and I am hoping that the two play off of each other. While I went for soft angelic elegance for Elizabeth I went for more classic glam moment for Gemma to bring to life on this red carpet. I think that Gemma would look so elegant on this red carpet, and perfectly complimentary of Elizabeth, wearing this black and ivory Christian Dior Cruise 2019 strapless tea length gown which features a sheer boned bustier bodice, a tiered a-line skirt, and embroidered ribbon detailing. I would want to see Gemma leave the runways thick leather belt at home. The belt makes the gown edgier, but I think that without it that this would be much more of a classic ensemble and that is what I typically think Gemma does best on the red carpet. I would style it with a pair of black Jimmy Choo ‘Emily’ gold trimmed platform sandals, a sleek updo, defined eyes, red lips, and a pair of vintage Fred Leighton ‘Flower Dart’ diamond drop earrings to really ensure this look is glamour defined from head to toe. I had just been wondering where Hilary Swank had been hiding when she stepped onto a red carpet a couple of months ago wearing Alaia for the premiere of the FX series Trust and then VOGUE covered her woodland wedding. Now she has a film screening at the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival, titled What They Had, and I am quite excited to see what she will bring to the red carpet. She knows how to deliver some very chic moments on the red carpet (her Guy Laroche and Gucci Premiere Oscar gowns are some of the best in Oscar red carpet history) and I am expecting something incredibly chic from this premiere. I turned back to the same designer who Hilary wore for her wedding for this red carpet. I feel like she would definitely deliver this black Elie Saab Fall 2018 Couture tuxedo to the red carpet at this festival. I love the beaded lace peplum jacket which features sheer sleeves and an asymmetrical shawl lapel paired with simple silk cigarette pants and I feel like it would be a very chic, yet glamorous moment for Hilary to wear on a festival red carpet especially when paired with old Hollywood waves, defined eyes, red lips, a black velvet Tyler Ellis ‘Lily’ clutch, black Christian Louboutin ‘Lace 554’ pointed toe pumps, and Harry Winston diamond cluster earrings.
The 2018 Toronto International Film Festival will open on Thursday September 6, 2018 and runs through Sunday September 16, 2018.